The Senate in a vote of 65-32 voted to the approve the highly flawed genetically engineered labeling bill. The bill, S.B. 764, offered by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KY), also known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, denies the right of the U.S. consumer to know what is in their food and preempts state law, (http://www.renewablefarming.com/images/2016Images/2016PDF/SA4934.pdf).
The bill specified that manufacturers are to use QR codes and “smart labels’ which requires another device to read the “code” instead of clearly visible food labels that can be read on the package.
State law is preempted with the bill especially the state law currently in effect in Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska. The procedural vote ignored the desire of the American public to not pass the bill and exempts major portions of current and future GE foods from being labeled.
“The American people have a right to know what they’re eating,” said Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). “The timing of this legislation is not an accident. Its goal is to overturn and rescind the very significant legislation passed in the state of Vermont. I will do everything that I can to see that it’s defeated.”
“It is deeply disturbing that a majority in the Senate would support a bill that openly discriminates against America’s low income, rural and elderly populations,” said Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director, Center for Food Safety. “This denies them their right to know simply because they are not able to afford or have access to smartphones. The bill itself is poorly drafted and would exempt many and perhaps most current genetically engineered foods from labeling. It was written behind closed doors between a handful of Senators and the big chemical and food companies. It is a non-labeling bill disguised as a labeling bill, a sham and a legislative embarrassment.”