Chef Tom Colicchio Gathers Quarter-Million Signatures to Kill Anti-GMO Labeling Bill
Food Policy Action launches StopTheDarkAct.com to Hold Congress Accountable
For Immediate Release Wednesday April 23, 2014
Contact: Claire Benjamin 202-631-6362 firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC – Tom Colicicchio announced that a week after launching petitions urging Congress to kill legislation that would keep Americans in the dark about the ingredients in their food, more than a quarter million signatures have been gathered.
The petition blasts a bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that would block states and the federal government from requiring labels on genetically modified food. Two states have already passed labeling laws, and more than 30 others are expected to introduce similar bills or ballot initiatives this year. Pompeo’s bill is so bad that its opponents have dubbed it the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act – the DARK Act.
“The simple truth is, 93% of Americans want GMO foods to be labeled,” said Colicchio. “As a chef, I want to know what I’m serving my customers, and as a father, I should be able to make an informed decision about what I’m feeding my kids. This bill risks pre-empting states, and taking that right away from consumers.”
“We launched StopTheDarkAct.com in response to the incredible reaction we saw to this mis-guided bill,” said Claire Benjamin, managing director of Food Policy Action. “We’ve heard from thousands and thousands of consumers who want to know how to hold their legislators accountable. If Congress votes on this dangerous piece of legislation, we are going to make sure the public knows about it.”
A legislative proposal drafted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association is nearly identical to the Pompeo bill.
Food Policy Action will deliver the signatures later this spring. Over a quarter million signatures have been gathered between Colicchio’s petitions on CREDO mobilize and Food Policy Action’s website.