Stay in the light and oppose the DARK Act!
The ‘DARK Act’ stands for “Deny Americans the Right to Know,”, and it is a pro-consumer designation of a legislation introduced in 2014 and 2015 by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). The legislation, if passes, it will oppose the FDA's new guidelines that would mandate the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMO). Although the use of GMO and its unhealthy effects are very controversial to many, I'm personally an advocate for food democracy, and I rather have a choice of my own when it comes to feeding myself and my family. This legislation is particular important because it could create a precedent for all other type of food labeling. For example, it could relax further use of the term "Natural", which today is used for marketing purposes, and with no real healthy benefits for consumers. The DARK Act would protect this and other pro-industry practices, and you would never know what's inside your kids favorite cereal or milk products. Is that what you want?
For food producers, the labeling of food containing genetically modified or unhealthy ingredients, should be something that is part of their ethics. However, that doesn't happen very often, and consumers must enforce this. Do you agree? Do you want a company whose only objective is to make money deciding what should be put on a label, regardless of whether that product is good or bad for you? I didn't think so!
Opposing to this legislation NOW will send a power powerful signal to our government that the people desire clarity on food labels.
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The author of this post, Rashidah is a 2014 Cornell graduate in Media Communication who has a strong interest in food ethics and always strive to integrate healthier practices in her life. She is a mentor at Unlocking Futures where she helps transform the lives of disadvantaged youth.