The Dirty Details About the DARK Act
Posted on November 24 2015
As of July, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill referred to as the DARK Act, or the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know” Act. It is as dismal as it sounds, as it would render states powerless in terms of legislation over labeling food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As of now, there are a handful of states exercising their ability to create such legislation, demanding that any foods containing GMOs be labeled as such. The DARK Act would reverse the laws already in place, and make it next to impossible for the FDA to devise any sort of uniform system for requiring the labeling of GMOs.
Why is this important?
Odds are you have caught wind of an array of arguments on either side of the GMO labeling debate. In a perfect world, GMOs would be the solution to world hunger, increasing the production of healthy crops without any negative repercussions. However, the more we learn about the way that GMOs are grown, the more negative repercussions we seem to uncover.
For instance, corn and soybeans, the most abundantly planted GMO crops have been reported to require increasing amounts of toxic herbicides. Said herbicides are concerning because the WHO has dubbed some of them probable carcinogens and others have been linked to particular diseases.
Beyond that, the increase in herbicides kills off weeds that are necessary for pollinators to do their thing. This may not sound earth shattering on the surface, but bees alone are said to be responsible for a huge percentage of America’s diet. According to the US Department of Agriculture, bees play a crucial role in more than a quarter of our food supply, as they are key components in the production of apples, cherries, onions, celery, cabbage, blueberries, almonds, and the list goes on…
Why does Au Naturale Care about the DARK Act?
When we make our makeup, we use ingredients that are organic and non-GMO. We know this because we are very careful about where we get each and every one of our ingredients. We place tremendous value on creating products with healthy ingredients and on being transparent when we label our makeup. We are strong advocates for the consumer's right to making informed decisions, and thus we are strongly opposed to the passing of the DARK Act.
What should you do?
So, if you support the right to know when GMOs make an appearance in your food, now is a crucial time to speak up. It is up to the Senate to keep the DARK Act from passing further, so it is up to you to let the Senate know where you stand. According to the Environmental Working Group, nine out of 10 Americans would prefer to know what is in their food, yet the House voted contrarily.
We encourage you to make your voice heard. One way to do this is calling US Senator Debbie Stabenow directly at (202)224-4822, as she is the Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Let her know that you are part of the 90% of Americans that enjoys their right to know whether or not their food contains GMOs.