[HCCN] Fwd: TODAY: Call TODAY! Stop the DARK Act!

Dick Atlee atlee at dickatlee.com
Wed Oct 7 11:59:37 EDT 2015


King (202-224-5344),  Collins (202-224-2523)

The message below is from the Organic Consumers Association, which has been 
one of the major players in the GMO issue. Although it may sound 
hyperbolic, it actually isn't, and it has a lot to do with whether organic 
farming will continue in this country. The increasing contamination of 
organic crops with GMO pollen will continue unless GMOs become 
agro-financially dysfunctional for farmers, and that will happen only if 
people stop buying GMOs. Which can only happen if GMOs are labeled. Which 
won't happen if the DARK Act passes.

If you're curious about what the Act actually says, I've posted two copies 
-- the original Congressional format (28 pages) and a tighter, easier to 
read 12-page compact version:

   http://dickatlee.com/issues/gmo/pdf/Dark_Act_HR1599.pdf
   http://dickatlee.com/issues/gmo/pdf/Dark_Act_HR1599_orig.pdf

The fact that glyphosate (Monsanto's Roundup and other herbicides) has been 
declared by the World Health Organization to be a probable human carcinogen 
is relevant to the DARK Act because most GMOs were designed to have 
glyphosate sprayed on them, where it is absorbed and can't be washed off. 
You can't avoid it if you don't know which foods are GMO and which aren't.

If you want to learn more about the recent revelations of Monsanto's own 
research showing the carcinogenicity and toxity of Roundup/glyphosate, see

   http://dickatlee.com/issues/gmo/#busted

Dick

-------- Forwarded Message --------

     TODAY: Call TODAY! Stop the DARK Act!

Right now, as you read this, lobbyists for the Grocery Manufacturers 
Association (GMA) are swarming Capitol Hill in a no holds-barred campaign 
to convince /your/ Senator to vote against your right to know whether or 
not your food contains GMOs.

If your Senator hears only from Monsanto’s lobbyists today, and not from 
you, you could lose the right to know—permanently.

*Please call your Senator’s office right now and ask him or her to oppose 
H.R. 1599, or any federal bill that would preempt states’ rights to require 
labels on GMO foods. Text  "DARK Act" to 97779, or dial 888-897-0174 now.*

When you call, be sure to point out that you know that proponents of H.R. 
1599 are intentionally misrepresenting the facts about this bill. Tell them 
that you know that the bill’s proponents are telling Congress that this 
bill provides a “uniform federal labeling standard.”

Then tell them that you also know that this is not true—H.R. 1599 only 
provides a /voluntary/ standard for /non-GMO/ labels. As a consumer, tell 
your Senator that you believe food companies should be required by law to 
disclose GMOs, especially now that the World Health Organization has 
classified Monsanto’s glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.

Phone calls work better than emails. Please text "DARK Act" to 97779, or
dial 888-897-0174 now.

Monsanto and the GMA are desperate to push this bill through the Senate
before the end of the year. Because if they don’t win, food companies will
have to comply with Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law on July 1, 2016.

If they do win, Vermont’s law will be dead. So will laws in Connecticut and
Maine.

Even worse? The FDA will /never/ be allowed to require pre-market safety
testing of GMO foods, much less require labels on those foods.

H.R. 1599 passed the house on July 23, by a vote of 275 – 150. On October
21, the Senate will hold a hearing on biotechnology and labeling.

You can be certain that Monsanto’s lobbyists are giving your Senator an
earful today—will your Senator also hear from /you/?

Please call your Senator’s office right now and ask him or her to oppose
H.R. 1599, or any federal bill that would preempt states’ rights to require
labels on GMO foods. Text "DARK Act" to 97779, or dial 888-897-0174 now.

Yours could be the call that changes your Senator’s mind about the DARK 
Act. Please don’t miss that opportunity.

Thank you!




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