Senator Roberts (R-KS) just filed Monsanto’s dream bill, also known as the DARK Act, to prohibit state labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods.
Ask your Senators to oppose this bill and any attempt to prohibit labeling of GMO foods!
Even if you’ve already taken action, it’s really important that your Senators hear from you again now that the bill has been introduced.
Senator Roberts is the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and he’s already scheduled his bill to get a hearing in the committee this Thursday.
Time is of the essence. The same bill already passed through the House in July, so we must stop it in the Senate. Your Senators need to hear from you now: To protect your right to know what is in your food, tell your Senators to oppose the bill, or any “compromises” that don’t result in mandatory, on-package labeling of GMOs.
There’s a reason why we call the bill that passed the House last summer the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act (DARK Act). This bill would prohibit any state from labeling GMOs and make federal labeling voluntary – which, to be clear, it already is, and not a single product is labeled as containing genetically engineered ingredients.
Tell your Senators that voluntary labels don’t work, and they must reject the DARK Act.
Call or email both of your U.S. Senators to urge them to oppose Senator Robert’s bill or any bill that blocks mandatory, on-package labeling of GMOs.
You can look up who your Senators are and find their contact information:
- Online: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
- Phone: 202-224-3121
Here’s a sample script for a call:
Hi, my name is ___, and I am a constituent. I urge Senator _____ to vote against Senator Roberts’ bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically engineered foods.
We have a right to know what is in our food so that we can make educated decisions about the food we eat. The free market can only work when consumers have the information they need to make informed choices among different products. The simplest, clearest way to provide information to consumers is with a physical label (not bar codes or other confusing options).
Without mandatory on-package labeling, consumers are effectively being defrauded.
I urge Senator ___ to vote against any bill that would block state laws for mandatory physical labels on GMO foods.
A phone call is more effective than an email. If you do send an email, please replace the opening few lines with your own personalized message – personal messages have more impact than form emails.
You can also download a fact sheet on the House version of the bill at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/hr-1599-fact-sheet to send as an attachment to your email, or as a follow up to your call.