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New Bill Would Block GMO Labeling

Kansas Representative wants to make your right-to-know illegal.

Mike PompeoRepresentative Mike Pompeo, Republican of Kansas, introduced a bill earlier this month that would effectively block labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients at both the state and the national level. Pompeo’s bill is a nearly exact copy of a legislative proposal released in January and written by big agricultural and grocery business interests. The Grocery Manufacturers Association was instrumental in defeating Washington State’s GMO labeling initiative last year after flooding the contest with money from its corporate sponsors.

The Environmental Working Group has the story here and an interesting opinion piece that dubs Pompeo’s bill the “Deny Americans the Right To Know” or “DARK” act (a name that seems to have caught on) here. Surveys consistently show that some 95% of American support labeling of foods containing genetically engineered or modified (GMO) ingredients.

The bill falls in line with a rash of “ag-gag” laws seeking to prohibit filming or other documentation of food processing, specifically animal slaughter and meat production, that agricultural interests fear will turn consumers away from their products. Even business oriented Forbes magazine has pointed out the wrong-headedness of criminalizing the spread of information in attempts to deny consumers the right to know how their food is made.

Pompeo’s bill, H.R. 4432, would nullify any attempts by states to require GMO labeling and comes on the heels of the Vermont legislature’s attempt to require labeling. The Vermont Senate recently approved the legislation on a 28-2 vote. The bill will now go back to the Vermont House, where it had already passed, to approve the senate’s changes.

The Kansas Farm Bureau is seeking to drum up support for Pompeo’s legislation. They’ve recently posted a list of suggested “examples” for constituents to post on Pompeo’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Suggestions include “GMO crops help feed the world. Thank you @RepMikePompeo for helping to feed the hungry around the globe,” and ” Less money spent on food means more money for clothing, shelter, and education. Thanks @RepMikePompeo for supporting GMOs!” Here a suggested comment seems especially ridiculous, since facts show otherwise: “#GMOs use less water & pesticides, reduce crop prices by 15-30%. Proud to support @RepMikePompeo for his work on the issue! #StandWithPompeo.”

Not all comments on Pompeo’s Facebook page support what he’s doing. Maybe you’d like to add a comment telling the Representative what you think and why (remember to be polite and appropriate when stating your views)?

In the meantime, why not contact your own Congressman about the issue? We assume that the intelligent and well-informed readers of the Planet Natural Blog don’t need a farm bureau or some other pro-Monsanto or corporate agriculture interest to tell them what to say. Just Label It! has other suggestions for actions to take. Tell your own story and get your opinion out there. And share it with us as well.

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8 Responses to “New Bill Would Block GMO Labeling”

  1. Martin hanna on April 23rd, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Politicians are interested in money and votes right or wrong have nothing to do with bills. How much money will you make on this deal? You should put yourself on a GMO diet for a few years and see how you turn out. Voters don’t like dictators especially those who control the information we want and need.
    Martin Hanna

  2. sharon price on April 23rd, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    I want to know if the food I am buying is GMO.

  3. JoEllen on April 23rd, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    This senator is totally out of line! He needs to listen to the people who elected him for a change. Just another politician with too much fat between the ears.

  4. Jerry the Racecar Driver on April 23rd, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    The lard shit called Mike Pompeo may not care what he stuffs down his pie hole, but folks concerned about GM foods do not wish to be the only long term study conducted. Just because he doesn’t care about his health does NOT mean every American must do the same. Take notes of which officials who are so bold to try and oppose our best interests, these men have NO right to be re-elected!

  5. pribs on April 23rd, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    This is the poster picture for the Greed Seed Swallowing Candidate that we all voted for.
    This is a Total Sinister Character. I say we all get our LEGO pieces together and create a place for these traitors of, WE THE PEOPLE.

  6. pribs on April 23rd, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Here is a group page on Facebook that can shed some light on GMO, Good Food, Growing Food, Food to Avoid, People that really know food and a pinch of Politics.


  7. Heather FISK on April 23rd, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Morally deficiant.

  8. adi on May 4th, 2014 at 10:10 pm #