How do you expect voters would react to members of Congress supporting a bill that tramples on the rights of states and localities, creates a government bureaucracy to replace a private system that’s working and takes away consumers’ right to know what’s in the food they eat?
We may find out.
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) is moving a bill dubbed the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which would make it illegal for states to require labels indicating whether foods contain genetically modified organisms, quashing states’ rights.
It also makes a mockery of another right: Do you believe you have the right to decide for yourself whether to eat GMO foods? Pompeo & Co. doesn’t think so.
Many people may be fine eating GMO foods. But denying consumers the right to know what’s in their food makes it effectively impossible for consumers to exercise their right to decide.
Members jumping on Pompeo’s bandwagon are not only flouting common sense, they are defying public opinion.
Eighty-eight percent of voters favor “requiring labels for foods that have been genetically modified or contain genetically modified ingredients,” with more than 70 percent saying they are strongly in favor. Just 6 percent of the electorate oppose requiring labels.
In this partisan atmosphere, it’s difficult to find issues on which 86 percent of Republicans, 86 percent of independents and 93 percent of Democrats all agree. This is one of them, according to a national survey we conducted for Just Label It last month.
In standing against GMO labeling, Pompeo and the other members supporting his bill are standing with less than 6 percent of the electorate.
In fact, Pompeo’s bill is much more radical — it actually makes it illegal for food companies to tell consumers whether their products are GMO-free, until and unless the U.S. Department of Agriculture undertakes a yearlong process.