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Anti-GMO Labeling Bill Stalls in the Senate

Anti-GMO Labeling Bill Stalls in the Senate

By | March 16th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2016 Food Policy Action Statement on Senate DARK Act Vote Washington, DC – Good food advocates cheered today as the U.S. Senate failed to reach a 60 vote threshold to proceed on Senator Roberts’ anti-GMO labeling bill. The Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, introduced by Senator Pat…


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2016 Food Policy Action Statement on Senate DARK Act Vote Washington, DC – Good food advocates cheered today as th...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2016

Food Policy Action Statement on Senate DARK Act Vote

Washington, DC – Good food advocates cheered today as the U.S. Senate failed to reach a 60 vote threshold to proceed on Senator Roberts’ anti-GMO labeling bill. The Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, introduced by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) just weeks ago would put in place a weak, voluntary labeling system and would pre-empt states from enacting GMO labeling laws.

Today’s vote marked an important milestone for the more than 90% of Americans who want GMOs to be labeled,” said Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action co-founder and chef. “I am hopeful that the Senate will now work to craft a bipartisan mandatory on-pack GMO labeling bill that doesn’t demonize science and gives consumers the information they demand.

Tom Colicchio and Food Policy Action recently delivered a letter to the Senate signed by over 4,000 chefs asking their Senators to reject this newest version of the DARK Act and support mandatory labeling of GMO foods.

4,000 Chefs Call on Senate to Reject DARK Act

4,000 Chefs Call on Senate to Reject DARK Act

By | March 10th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Chef Tom Colicchio Statement on Anti-GMO-Labeling Bill Today Food Policy Action delivered to Capitol Hill a petition bearing signatures from over 4,000 chefs urging the Senate to reject S. 2609, the latest version of the controversial DARK Act. Chefs and food professionals from 49 states, Puerto Rico, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands weighed in…


Chef Tom Colicchio Statement on Anti-GMO-Labeling Bill Today Food Policy Action delivered to Capitol Hill a petition bearing signatures from over 4,000 ch...

Chef Tom Colicchio Statement on Anti-GMO-Labeling Bill

Today Food Policy Action delivered to Capitol Hill a petition bearing signatures from over 4,000 chefs urging the Senate to reject S. 2609, the latest version of the controversial DARK Act. Chefs and food professionals from 49 states, Puerto Rico, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands weighed in to voice their opposition to this latest attempt to prevent mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. These chefs from across the country represent the whole spectrum of food service, from fine dining to casual chains.

Senator Roberts’ misguided bill ignores the voices of Americans who want information about what’s in their food and how it’s grown,” said Tom Colicchio, the petition’s author and co-founder of Food Policy Action “It’s disappointing that Senator Roberts is advancing this giveaway to processed food companies at the expense of consumers’ right to know. As food professionals, parents, and consumers, thousands of chefs are calling on the Senate to reject the DARK Act and stand up for transparency in our food system.

The Senate is expected to consider the Dark Act as soon as next week.

A copy of the letter can be found here.

Food Policy Action Statement on Passage of DARK Act by Senate Agriculture Committee

Food Policy Action Statement on Passage of DARK Act by Senate Agriculture Committee

By | March 1st, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Chef, advocate and Food Policy Action co-founder Tom Colicchio expressed disappointment at the Senate Agriculture Committee’s passage of the newest version of the DARK Act introduced by Senator Roberts (R-KS). “It’s unbelievable that members of the Senate Agriculture Committee would vote to continue the same broken system of voluntary GMO labeling that keeps consumers in…


Chef, advocate and Food Policy Action co-founder Tom Colicchio expressed disappointment at the Senate Agriculture Committee’s passage of the newest versi...

Chef, advocate and Food Policy Action co-founder Tom Colicchio expressed disappointment at the Senate Agriculture Committee’s passage of the newest version of the DARK Act introduced by Senator Roberts (R-KS).

“It’s unbelievable that members of the Senate Agriculture Committee would vote to continue the same broken system of voluntary GMO labeling that keeps consumers in the dark about what’s in their food and how it’s grown,” says Colicchio. “Americans deserve transparent and accurate information to make their own decision about what to feed their families.”

Chef Colicchio recently asked chefs to weigh in with opposition to the Senate’s new version of the DARK Act, garnering nearly 4,000 signatures in less than a week.  The chefs are urging Senators to reject any attempt to prevent mandatory labeling of genetically modified food.

This new legislation would block states like Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine, from enacting the GMO labeling laws approved by their voters and prevent the mandatory GMO labeling program that 90% of consumers want.

Food Policy Action will continue to call on the Senate to reject this bill, and to urge Senators to stand up for transparency in our food system.

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