In 2014, Vermont became the first state to require mandatory GMO labeling. Connecticut and Maine have also passed GMO labeling laws that will go into effect once neighboring states pass similar laws and other states are currently looking to pass GMO labeling legislation. In response to these state efforts, Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) have introduced federal legislation developed by food companies that activists have dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know” Act (DARK Act). This anti-GMO labeling bill has just passed the House Agriculture Committee and will be voted on by the House of Representatives any day now. It would also virtually eliminate FDA’s ability to craft a national GMO labeling system and Allow “natural” foods to contain GMO ingredients, among other things.
Currently 64 nations require labeling including Russia, China, the EU, and important trading partners in Asia. The US is in the process of figuring out whether or not it will give the people of this country the knowledge about what really is in our food. Unfortunately, not very many people know about HR 1599 or follow the news so the outcome of this bill is up in the air at this point. Supa Fresh believes in providing its customers with the best produce possible, that’s why we are GMO free. Hopefully Congress votes in the interest of the people in whatever decision they make.
Sources: Just Label It! and Cardinal Innovative (image)