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Businesses Applaud Senate Vote that Protects GMO Labeling by States

For Immediate Release: 
March 16, 2016
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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (March 16, 2016) — Today, the United States Senate blocked an effort to prohibit individual states from requiring disclosure of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. In response, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and other business leaders issued statements applauding the result and calling for states to move ahead with GMO labeling programs.

“Today's vote is a victory for food industry businesses across the country. State-based GMO laws will allow businesses across the country to respond to consumer demands and will help build trust in the food system. Consumers want to know what is in their food and businesses want to take advantage of existing market trends,” said Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Policy and Campaigns for the American Sustainable Business Council.

“Junk food manufacturers and the pesticide industry want to keep us in the dark about the food we are eating,” said David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s. “Instead of giving consumers straightforward, on-pack labelling telling consumers whether a food contains genetically engineered ingredients, they’ve pulled out all the stops and kicked their propaganda machine into high gear to ram this terrible law through Congress. Americans overwhelmingly want to know if the food they are eating has been genetically modified to withstand high doses of pesticides. We must be vocal to stop the DARK Act.”

Today’s Senate cloture vote blocked an amendment similar to the House bill (HR 1599), the so-called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Opponents have dubbed it the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act, since it would prevent states from mandating GMO labeling. Last fall, ASBC, Just Label It and over 600 businesses and businesses organizations, including Ben & Jerry’s, Bon Appetit, Chipotle, Clif Bar and New Belgium Brewing Company, sent a letter to Congress urging them to defeat HR 1599. The letter can be found here:

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 250,000 businesses and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors.