Food Policy Action Opposes Senate DARK Act

Chef Tom Colicchio Statement on Senator Robert’s Anti-GMO Labeling Bill

A new bill to deny consumers the right to know if their food contains genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, was released by Senator Roberts (R-KS) on Friday.

“Senator Roberts’ ridiculous new version of the DARK Act would deny us the right to know what’s in our food and how it’s grown — the same right held by consumers in 64 other nations,” says food advocate and FPA co-founder Tom Colicchio. “Consumers should be trusted to decide their own food choices, but Senator Roberts apparently thinks Washington knows best. This is exactly the sort of crony capitalism that voters across the country are rejecting.”

Food Policy Action’s Chef Tom Colicchio is urging chefs to weigh in against the Senate version of the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. The new petition launched today calls on chefs across the country to use their collective voice to let Congress know that they reject this giveaway to the processed food industry. Rather than delivering the mandatory GMO labeling information that the majority of consumers want, this legislation would cause further confusion and tie the hands of states to enact the GMO labeling laws approved by their voters.

Chefs and consumers have a fundamental right to know what’s in the food they are serving to their customers and to their families. Any attempt to prevent the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods is an attack on Americans’ right to make an informed decision. Food Policy Action will continue to urge the Senate to stand up for transparency in our food system and reject this dangerous legislation.

The chefs’ petition can be found here: http://act.foodpolicyaction.com/page/s/sign-the-chef-s-petition-to-stop-the-dark-act-and-protect-gmo-labeling

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