DARK Shadows


New York, Massachusetts and Arizona are inching closer to passing GMO labeling laws.

Citizens in Oregon and Colorado are gathering signatures for citizens’€™ initiatives that would require mandatory labeling of GMO foods, in the hope of getting those measures on the November ballot.

In Humboldt County, Calif. citizens have reached their signature goal to get a GMO crop ban on the ballot.

But even as we celebrate recent victories in Vermont, and Jackson and Josephine Counties in Oregon, we know our victories are tentative and our plans in other states are at risk.
Because the GMO labeling movement is operating under the shadow of the powerful Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and its DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.

The GMA’€™s CEO Pamela Bailey was quoted this week as saying that HR 4432, the bill introduced in April by the GMA’€™s lackey Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), a bill that would preempt state GMO labeling laws, has a ‘€œgood chance of passing.’€

Bailey told Politico Pro: ‘€œWe have been very encouraged by the conversations we’€™ve had on the hill and we feel very optimistic.’€

That ‘€œoptimism’€ springs perhaps from the lobbying group’€™s seemingly inexhaustible ability to buy lawmakers and voters alike. A report from New York this week notes that the GMA and its members’€”Monsanto, Coca-Cola, Dupont, Kraft and other’€”have already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Empire State to kill labeling efforts there.

Make no mistake. We are making great strides. But we are not out of the dark yet.

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