OSGATA President on the DARK Act

Following the passage of  “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”( H.R. 1599), OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen speaks out against Monsanto’s motivations to deny Americans the right-to-know in a ‘Pulse Morning Show’ interview [10:48] with host Don Cookson from WZON Radio in Bangor, Maine.

Last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, aka the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act” or DARK Act, overwhelmingly−with 275 votes in favor and 150 votes against. H.R. 1599 will preempt states’ rights to label GMOs, in the case of Connecticut, Maine, and Vermont, and will make it illegal to enact mandatory GMO labeling laws.

Gerritsen said, “The bill was written and driven by Monsanto. Monsanto is adamantly opposed for the people to have their right-to-know about GMO labeling, and they realize that, consistently, 90% of Americans are indicating that they want that mandatory labeling of GMOs, and Monsanto realizes that they cannot win with that plurality of Americans demanding their right-to-know… Ultimately, they know that if GMO labeling comes off that consumers in the United States−just as they have done in…63 other countries around the world− they will take their currency and buy non-GMO products.”

Intrinsically linked to control over the American food system is the issue of seed patenting. Gerritsen explains how this “theft from the commons” is essentially a granted monopoly from the U.S. government to corporations like Monsanto. He said, “Seed is an element of the commons. Your ancestors, my ancestors for the last 10,000 years have developed the value of seed through selection… taking wild grasses, for example, and turning that into food that can support 7 billion people on the planet today.”

A version of the bill is expected to be voted on in the U.S. Senate sometime in September.

Listen to the full WZON interview with OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen here.

For more information on “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”( H.R. 1599), click here. Learn how your representatives voted here.





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