As the midnight December 11 deadline for Congress to pass a budget bill approaches, Monsanto and Big Food are still scrambling to put a permanent legal end to GMO labeling laws, including the one in Vermont that’s set to take effect July 1, 2016.
At this point, there’s no chance a Senate version of the DARK Act, passed by the House in July, will be introduced, much less be subjected to proper hearings or a vote. Monsanto’s only hope now is to attach a rider to the appropriations bill, forcing Congress to either side with Monsanto, or face a government shutdown.
We know what Monsanto and Big Food are aiming for—a worthless voluntary scheme involving QR barcodes and smartphones. Just this week, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced, with great fanfare, that 30 companies and counting have signed up for the GMA’s shiny new SmartLabel technology. The GMA hopes consumers will swoon over a “labeling” system that requires them to use a smart phone that leads to a flashy corporate website in order to find out what’s in their food.
Will this Big Announcement from Big Food sway Congress to allow Monsanto to stomp out state labeling laws?
Not if consumers object, loudly and often, every day for the next eight days.
As Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) told Congress yesterday:
"The bottom line is this is bad policy. Consumers are smart. They pay attention to what they eat, and if you give them the ability to choose ... they will make the right decision. And it's their decision to make."
We have eight days to stop Monsanto’s rider and save Vermont’s GMO labeling law. We can do this. With your help.
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