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Right to Know

The years-long campaign to require labels on genetically engineered food and food ingredients ended badly about four years ago, on August 1, 2016.

That’s when when then-President Obama caved into Monsanto and Big Food by signing into law a bill dubbed the “Dark Act” because it was designed to “Deny Americans the Right to Know” if their food is GMO.

This week, a coalition of retailers and nonprofits launched a lawsuit, demanding that the sham National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard be “nullified and then revised.” 

The successful hijacking of the legislative process by Monsanto and Big Food lobbyists desperate to avoid transparency about products and production processes wasn’t new four years ago, and hasn’t changed since.

Today, Congress is enabling Big Food by allowing Big Meat to do everything from suppress data about COVID-19 outbreaks at slaughterhouses, to secure immunity from prosecution for knowingly endangering workers.

Our job, as consumers, honest retailers, organic regenerative farmers and ranchers and environmental and food advocacy groups, is to keep doing everything we can to hold big corporations and the politicians they’ve captured accountable.

Meanwhile, check out this analysis of the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for trying to keep consumers in the dark.

Read the lawsuit

Read ‘GMO Labeling: USDA ‘Bioengineered’ Labeling Rules Are Unlawful, Argues Lawsuit’

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