Organic Consumers Association

Stop a DARK Act Comeback!

In March, the Senate voted down the DARK Act, the bill that would Deny Americans our Right to Know about GMOs. 

Since then, Monsanto and its front groups, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) have been using their power, influence and, most of all, money to ram some version of the DARK Act through Congress before Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law takes effect on July 1.

Reliable sources say that the DARK Act will soon be up for another vote.

TAKE ACTION: Dial 888-897-0174 to ask your Senators to vote against the DARK Act. Then fill in the form on this page to send them an email.

Last time, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) didn’t have the votes to pass his bill to take away states’ rights to label GMOs. Many of the no-votes came from pro-GMO Senators who take campaign contributions (and their talking points) from companies like Monsanto, but were feeling the heat from their constituents.

But these Senators would likely flip their votes to support a “compromise” (capitulation) to block Vermont’s law and replace it with a weak federal standard, because of—what else?—pressure from the big corporations who profit from toxic pesticides and GMO foods.

Please contact the following Senators. Thank them for their opposition in March to the DARK Act. Ask them to stay strong and let Vermont’s GMO labeling law take effect.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)

Phone: (202) 224-4822

Tweet it! @SenStabenow Thanks for standing with voters, not Dow Chemical! #StayStrong #StopDARKact #LabelGMOs

Dow Chemical, one of Stabenow’s top funders, makes the infamous Dow’s Enlist Duo, a custom cocktail of two deadly herbicides: Monsanto’s Roundup, a probable carcinogen, and 2,4-d, which was half the formula of the Vietnam-War-era defoliant. The combination is so dangerous that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was forced to reconsider its approval. Stabenow must choose whether to stand with Dow, or with constituents like Kryssi Jones, a young No GMO 4 Michigan activist who grew up playing in Roundup Ready GMO cornfields and now has breast cancer. 

Stabenow is also feeling the heat from Michigan’s GMO sugar beet growers, who are worried that the Big Food companies will switch to non-GMO sugar if they’re forced to comply with Vermont’s GMO labeling law. Instead of supporting degenerative, GMO crop farming in Michigan, we’d like to see Stabenow support more organic, regenerative farmers in her state.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

Phone: (202) 224-3244

Tweet it! @AmyKlobuchar Thanks for standing with voters, not General Mills! #StayStrong #StopDARKact #LabelGMOs

Klobuchar voted for the DARK Act in committee and then against it on the floor, in a hopeless attempt to please both the voters who support GMO labels and the companies that oppose them. General Mills, one of Klobuchar’s top funders, is one of the most aggressive opponents of mandatory GMO labels. In recent weeks, the company has generated good press coverage by announcing that it will label GMOs to comply with Vermont’s law and will do so nationwide without raising food prices. Nevertheless, General Mills continues to pressure Congress to pass the DARK Act. 

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Phone: (202) 224-6154

Tweet it! @clairecmc Thanks for standing with voters, not Monsanto! #StayStrong #StopDARKact #LabelGMOs

McCaskill voted against the DARK Act, but she’s vehemently pro-GMO. She has compared GMO labeling activists to climate change deniers. These talking points come from Monsanto, one of Sen. McCaskill’s top donors

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

Phone: (202) 224-2152

Tweet it! @SenatorDurbin Thanks for standing with voters, not Monsanto! #StayStrong #StopDARKact #LabelGMOs

As the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Durbin led the opposition to the DARK Act. But, like his fellow Democrat, McCaskill, Durbin also takes money and talking points from Monsanto. Durbin could flip his vote if he doesn’t hear from his constituents.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.)

Phone: (202) 224-6324

Tweet it! @SenBobCasey Thanks for standing with voters, not Monsanto! #StayStrong #StopDARKact #LabelGMOs

Casey voted against the DARK Act, but said that opponents of GMO labels have made a “compelling argument” that action to block Vermont’s law is necessary. In 2014, Casey took $5,000 from Monsanto

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Phone: (202) 224-5641

Tweet it! @SenFranken Thanks for standing with voters, not Monsanto! #StayStrong #StopDARKact #LabelGMOs

Franken voted against the DARK Act, but said that letting states label GMOs isn’t “workable.” In 2014, Franken took $2,700 from Monsanto

Sen. Mike Bennett (D-Colo.)

Phone: (202) 224-5852

Tweet it! @SenBennetCO Thanks for voting against the #DARKact! #StayStrong We need VT's mandatory GMO information on labels, not QR codes or websites!

In 2013, Bennet co-sponsored a Farm Bill amendment offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in support of states’ rights to label GMOs. This year, he voted against the DARK Act in committee and against it on the floor. However, Bennet spokesman Adam Bozzi told the Denver Post that he is open to a “compromise” (capitulation). The senator believes "if we're going to pre-empt states like Vermont there has to be a higher bar than the status quo.” 

But Bennett also said a compromise wouldn't have to mandate GMO information on labels so long as it gave consumers access to information for any given product—say, through a QR code or website—without a difficult search. Bennet is out of touch with consumers who prefer printed GMO labels and rarely or never scan QR codes for product information.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)

Phone: (202) 224-5042

Tweet it! @ChrisCoons Thanks for voting against the #DARKact! #StayStrong We need Vermont's mandatory GMO information on labels, not 1-800 numbers!

In 2014, Coons was BIO’s legislator of the year. BIO is a Monsanto front group pressuring Congress to block Vermont’s GMO labeling law. 

Coons voted against the DARK Act, but like Bennet, he’s involved in negotiations to craft a version of the DARK Act that could pass the Senate. One proposal would require food labels to include a phone number that consumers could call to find out information about a product's GMO contents. Coons told Agri-Pulse that there is a significant dispute over what wording would have to accompany the phone number. At issue is whether the label would have to specifically say that the number could be called to determine a product's biotech or GMO contents, or whether the label would just say that the number could be called to get information about the product. 

Thanks for taking action! Please dial 888-897-0174 to reach your Senators. Ask them to vote against the DARK Act and let Vermont’s GMO labeling law take effect on July 1. Then fill in the form on this page to send them an email.