Tom Colicchio Urges Congress To Reject Anti-GMO Labeling Bill
For Immediate Release Thursday April 17, 2014
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Petition to Kill Rep. Pompeo’s Anti-GMO Labeling bill generates 140,000 signatures
Washington, DC — In response to a federal anti-GMO labeling bill introduced last week, Food Policy Action’s Tom Colicchio and CREDO launched a petition urging congressional leaders to reject the legislation that would keep Americans in the dark about the ingredients in their food.
The petition, which gathered more than 140,000 signatures in the first 48 hours, 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 overwhelming majority 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. More than ever, consumers want to know what is in their food, but this dangerous and dishonest bill takes us in the wrong direction.”
Colicchio, a founding board member of Food Policy Action, also sent a letter to members of Congress last week alerting them that support for the DARK Act would likely be scored negatively in the 2014 National Food Policy Scorecard.
Launched in 2012, Food Policy Action educates the public about food policies and publishes an annual National Food Policy Scorecard, which scores members of Congress on a wide range of food and farm votes.
“The Pompeo bill is a great example of the need for Food Policy Action,” said Ken Cook, founding chairman of Food Policy Action. “For the first time someone is keeping score, and holding lawmakers accountable for how they are voting on food policy. If Congress votes on this reprehensible 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 and CREDO will keep their petition open until the end of the month before delivering it to Congress.
More information on the petition can be found here: Tom Colicchio Petition