GMO Foods Could Be Labeled 'Natural' Under Proposed Law

The battle over GMO labeling in Washington, D.C., has taken a substantially darker turn.

This week the House Agriculture Committee will likely vote on the euphemistically named Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, or what opponents have rechristened the Denying Americans the Right-to-Know (DARK) Act.

That’s because the bill would effectively quash any and all state efforts to require labeling of foods that contain GMO ingredients, such as the laws that have already passed in Maine, Connecticut, and Vermont. Instead, the House bill would create a GMO-labeling program that would be entirely voluntary. Food makers would get to choose whether to label any products that don’t contain GMOs, basically taking a fight that was intended to force the processed food industry to be transparent about the GMOs it’s using and turning it on its head, giving food makers a snazzy new government-sanctioned “GMO-free” label to use at their discretion.

That’s been the crux of the bill ever since it was introduced by pro-industry lawmakers. The current version of the legislation is arguably worse.

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