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Food Policy Action Statement on New Version of Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

Food Policy Action Statement on New Version of Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

By | June 18th, 2015 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


New Version of DARK Act Further Dims the Light on Consumers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 18, 2015 Contact: Claire Benjamin (202) 631-6362 claire@foodpolicyaction.org A bill to deny consumers the right to know if their food contains genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, is going from bad to worse as Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and others in Congress find…


New Version of DARK Act Further Dims the Light on Consumers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 18, 2015 Contact: Claire Benjamin (202) 631-6362 c...

New Version of DARK Act Further Dims the Light on Consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Contact: Claire Benjamin
(202) 631-6362
claire@foodpolicyaction.org

bill to deny consumers the right to know if their food contains genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, is going from bad to worse as Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and others in Congress find new ways to tie the hands of states.

During a hearing today in the House of Representatives, members of Congress and witnesses discussed the updated draft of H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, or the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which would now disallow state or local governments from regulating GMO crops and would stop companies from making non-GMO until a new voluntary USDA certification program is established- a program that will likely take years to launch.

“These new provisions dim the lights further on consumers who simply want to know more about their and state leaders who want to give their constituents that information,” said Tom Colicchio, co-founder and board member of Food Policy Action “According to poll after poll, most Americans think we should label GMOs, not because they are unsafe, but because we deserve a transparent food system.”

In addition to the new provisions, the DARK Act will still block FDA from creating a mandatory, national GMO labeling standard and strip states, like Vermont, of their ability to label GMOs.

Food Policy Action Statement on House Republicans Proposal to Roll Back School Meal Standards

Food Policy Action Statement on House Republicans Proposal to Roll Back School Meal Standards

By | June 17th, 2015 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday June 17, 2015 Contact: Claire Benjamin (202) 631-6362 claire@foodpolicyaction.org Food Policy Action released the following statement after Rep. Robert Aderholt, Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, released a proposal to further delay the implementation of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act today: “Chairman Aderholt’s proposal is just the…


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday June 17, 2015 Contact: Claire Benjamin (202) 631-6362 claire@foodpolicyaction.org Food Policy Action released the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday June 17, 2015

Contact: Claire Benjamin
(202) 631-6362
claire@foodpolicyaction.org

Food Policy Action released the following statement after Rep. Robert Aderholt, Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, released a proposal to further delay the implementation of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act today:

Chairman Aderholt’s proposal is just the latest attempt to gut the 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and undo any progress we’ve made to improve the eating habits and health of school age children.” said Claire Benjamin, Executive Director of Food Policy Action. “This country is facing a health and obesity crisis, and unfortunately the most recent attempt to increase sodium and decrease whole grains in school meals is disappointing, but not surprising. The truth is 95% of schools are in compliance with the meal standards and it’s time for Congress to stop the delay tactics.

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to consider its annual funding bill later this week. The bill released today includes several policy waivers that would weaken school meal program rules passed under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, including waivers for the whole grain requirements and reductions in sodium.

Food Policy Action was established in 2012 through a collaboration of national food policy leaders, including Tom Collichio, Wayne Pacelle and Ken Cook, to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming.

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