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PETITION: Make Sure Your Senators Aren't Fooled by Monsanto!


This April Fools' Day, we're exposing Monsanto for their blatant attempts to mislead the public about genetically engineered foods. Unfortunately, the Monsanto-backed DARK Act bill is no joke, and could be coming up for a vote again next week. Keep reading for our top five ways Monsanto is trying to fool you and then tell your Senators: don't be a fool — vote NO on the DARK Act!

1. GMOs aren't good for farmers — they increase the corporate control of our food.


Stop the corporate control of our food. Stop Monsanto!



2. GMOs won't feed the world — they don't live up to the hype.

genetically engineered?You’ve probably heard that “we need GMOs in order to feed the world,” on the presumption that only GMO crops have a high enough yield to keep up with a growing population. But that simply isn’t true. Studies on certain GMO crops have found little to no yield improvements, and long term studies of organic farming show that organic can match conventional agriculture’s yields. In other cases, biotech companies claim that their GMOs have nutritional benefits. Take “golden rice,” which is supposed to cure vitamin A deficiency in the developing world. Unfortunately, it doesn’t: the beta-carotene in golden rice can’t be absorbed by the body unless combined with certain fats and oils, which is not helpful for people living in poverty with a limited diet.2 Plenty of non-GMO foods, like carrots and sweet potatoes, are rich in vitamin A and don’t require millions of dollars to produce and grow. Golden rice makes for good PR, but it won’t solve the world’s nutritional problems. 


GMOs aren't the solution to our food problems. Stop Monsanto!



3. GMOs aren't good for our health — more GMOs means more chemical use.

ShareProgress DARK Act GMO Image_SprayerMany GMO crops are specifically engineered to resist certain weed killers, like the potentially carcinogenic Roundup, so planting GMOs means that farmers end up using the associated chemicals. Those chemicals end up in the environment and threaten the health of farmers and farmworkers, as well as the communities they live in. The system for making sure these chemicals don’t end up in our food is extremely weak. What’s even worse — because of increased chemical use, the pests are catching up. Over time, weeds and insects develop resistance to the chemicals we use against them.3 The more we use, the faster they adapt. Many common herbicides are no longer effective on our farms, which leaves biotech companies to encourage the use of harsher chemicals, which the pests will eventually adapt to… leading to an arms race of dangerous chemicals where people and the environment will inevitably be the losers.


GMOs = more chemicals on our food. Stop Monsanto!



4. There's no consensus on the safety of GMOs — the research is biased.

Wheat ResearchThere is a great deal of research out there about the safety and effects of GMOs but far too much of it is conducted, funded or otherwise influenced by the biotech industry. Disturbingly, this includes research done at public universities.4 When GMO advocates claim that there’s a “scientific consensus” about GMOs, or that leading scientific organizations are on their side, they’re often cherry-picking points from reports that cast the debate in a more nuanced light. We need more truly independent long-term safety research into the effects of GMOs on our health and the environment. There are plenty of good reasons to be concerned about GMOs. But for consumers who are concerned, it’s not always clear in the marketplace where these crops end up and biotech and food companies are fighting tooth and nail to stop GMO foods from being labeled.


Stand up to Big Ag-funded GMO research. Stop Monsanto!



5. The DARK Act would not create a national standard — it would ban GMO labels.


Monsanto's greatest recent offense is the bill that would block states from labeling GMOs.5 Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut have passed laws in support of GMO labeling, and Vermont's law is set to go into effect this July. The DARK Act, which was outrageously named the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" in the House, is nothing more than a blatant attempt to block consumers from knowing what's in our food. In addition to blocking states' rights to label GMOs, the bill that the Senate is considering could create a system for labeling that would require calling a 1-800 number, scanning a barcode with your smart phone, or other methods that severely limit access to labeling information. We'll settle for nothing less than mandatory, on-package labeling of GMOs. 


Save GMO labels — stop the DARK Act!



Monsanto and the Big Food lobby are the fools if they think they can win against the tremendous public pressure mounting against the DARK Act and the tidal wave of support for GMO labels. Major food companies like Campbells, General Mills, Mars and Kelloggs have announced that they will label GMOs to comply with Vermont's labeling law. We beat the DARK Act in a key Senate vote last month, but it's not over yet.


Make sure your Senators know where you stand: Sign the petition to stop Monsanto's DARK Act!



Thanks for taking action,


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Katy Kiefer

Activist Network Manager

Food & Water Watch



2. Here's Why Golden Rice Is Not A Golden Bullet, Food & Water Watch Insight, March 7, 2013.

3. Superweeds, Food & Water Watch Report, July 1, 2013.

4. Public Research, Private Gain, Food & Water Watch Report, April 26, 2012.

5. The United States of Monsanto?, Food & Water Watch News, March 10, 2016.