The US House of Representatives passed HR 1599, “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015”, on July 23, 2015. Opponents nicknamed the legislation the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know), because the act was written to prevent 3 already-passed state labeling laws from ever taking effect (and any other potential state labeling laws), and to prevent any mandatory GMO labeling whatsoever in the United States.
In GMO Truth #8, after sitting through over 4 hours of hearings and reading HR 1599 in its entirety, we’ll dig into what concerns it raises, discuss the disappointing behavior of our elected officials, and at the end, we’ll reveal a new way that you can help resolve the GMO controversy yourself as well.
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LINKS REFERENCED IN THIS PODCAST
House of Representatives Hearing #1, December 2014 (legislation was slightly different back in 2014):
House of Representatives Hearing #2, June 2015:
Read HR 1599:
Help The GMO Controversy Documentary:
Blackburn Lies About Golden Rice:
FIGHTING THE DARK ACT
If you’re interested in fighting the DARK Act, here are a couple of places online where you can take action. Change the World Films and The Walk a Mile Project have not researched these sites, other than to note that they are focused on taking action to prevent the legislation from becoming law, so please do not consider these links as an endorsement for the sites or organizations themselves.
Sign these petitions:
Email your senators:
GMO TRUTH #8 HIGHLIGHTS
0:27 — Welcome Back!
1:05 — Stepping out of chronological order, responding to the labeling situation
2:20 — Get behind the GMO Truth
3:10 — Answers to questions from Youtube
7:00 — Put yourself on the next podcast
7:30 — DARK Act opening information
8:45 — Why HR 1599 exists, what makes sense about federal regulation
10:15 — Representatives Behaving Badly Part 1: Marsha Blackburn and Golden Rice
13:47 — Representatives Behaving Badly Part 2: Pompous Pompeo
14:20 — FDA spokesperson seems afraid to answer the safety question?
14:55 — Pompeo cockily misrepresents the defeat of the GMO Labeling Referendums
16:35 — The Federal Dog and Pony Show
17:05 — Where’s the safety due diligence and research?
17:35 — Food changes and health results are creating activists, but where were those voices in the hearings?
19:00 — Never uttering the G-word, glyphosate goes unmentined
20:15 — HR 1599, what it actually does
21:33 — Can livestock fed GMO-feed now be considered as non-GMO?
23:27 — The “Natural” claim
24:50 — HR 1599, the great cop-out? More on the “scientific consensus”…
27:00 — Why we will keep digging
28:10 — Fighting to improve and the noble aims of genetic engineering
29:15 — HR 1599 misses the mark, but here are some sensible alternatives
31:15 — “Contains genetically engineered ingredients” has its shortcomings
31:50 — Opening up the documentary: let us know if you’ve had a GMO allergy or health issue:
33:40 — Change the World Films own Deanna Frances, her personal GMO health concern
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