You make smart choices for yourself in all areas of your life, not the least of which happens at the dinner table. You may have family members with allergies, heart disease or other special needs. You may be trying to lose weight. Food labels can help you make informed choices as part of your #CleanCouponing approach, because as much as you like saving money, you know the value of investing in good nutrition.
Could you imagine going on a diet without being able to find out how many calories, grams of sugar or trans fats are in certain foods? That’s what’s happening now with your right to know about GMOs.
Did you know that TODAY a movement is happening in Washington to deny your right to get accurate, complete food labeling at the grocery store? It’s dubbed the DARK Act or Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, but your elected representative may only know it as HR 1599, and it’s due for a vote. This video explains why you might want to know what’s in your food:
You can call TODAY to tell your elected representative that you expect a “no” vote on the infamously nicknamed DARK Act. Here’s an easy tool provided by the Center for Food Safety that allows you to enter your phone number and be directly connected via your phone to the appropriate Washington office. It makes speaking up (politely) to your elected official an easy, 5-minute task that everyone can do!
Not only has the Food and Drug Administration refused to label genetically engineered foods otherwise known as genetically modified foods or GMOs, even though they’re often treated with the glyphosate herbicide recognized by top scientists as probably linked to cancer; but the DARK Act legislation would deny states’ rights to require GMO labeling, even if the people of that state vote for it like they did in Vermont and some other states. If you eat any conventional processed foods at all, you are likely being exposed to pesticide residues and unknown health harms, according to modern science. So, the DARK Act would make it more difficult for you to make personal choices about the food you want to feed your family.
A few watchdogs like Just Label It and the Center for Food Safety are trying to keep everyone informed and push back against the intense chemical-food industry lobbyists. Those in Washington are bracing for a vote in the US House as early as July 23, so it is critical you call today and make your voice heard with your representative.
If you care about #CleanCouponing, truly knowing the quality of the food you choose for your family, you’ll want to get the most information you can from a food label. That means a NO vote on the DARK Act and a yes to authentic, mandatory, state-level GMO labeling.