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Eager to do Monsanto’s bidding, the US Senate yesterday voted 65-32 to limit debate on the Roberts-Stabenow bill (also known as the DARK Act), a federal GMO labelling bill that allows companies to hide information about GMOs behind QR codes that are inaccessible to at least a third of Americans who don’t own smartphones. The Senate is expected to hold a final vote tonight to pass the bill, which would send it back to the House (which passed its own version last July), and ultimately to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. TAKE ACTION: Call your Senators at 888-897-0174 to tell them what you think of their votes (the link above will tell you how they voted). Calls are the fastest and most effective way to get your message through to Congress. Organic Consumers Association
Senator Bernie Sanders is launching a final push to derail legislation in the US Senate that would nullify Vermont’s landmark GMO labelling law and replace it with a national law that undermines efforts to mandate GMO labelling. Sanders distributed a letter to his Democratic colleagues in the Senate outlining why the legislation is insufficient. He is also appealing to the full Senate membership to support an amendment that would replace the Senate bill with Vermont’s law on a national scale. Vermont Press Bureau
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, representing Hawaii’s 2nd district, has released a statement after the US Senate voted 65-32 to move forward on bringing the Roberts/Stabenow GMO labelling bill to a vote. Gabbard says: “Nearly 90% of Americans support common sense food labelling. Yet the GMO bill voted on by the Senate today is a weak attempt to placate American consumers by creating the illusion of transparency. If this bill was truly intended to expand consumers’ right to know, it would require a clear, easy to read, uniform food labelling standard. Instead, the bill creates a system of electronic codes, symbols, and text that are intentionally confusing to consumers.” Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Food & Water Watch researcher Tim Schwab was barred from a press conference about the Nobel laureates’ attack on Greenpeace over its opposition to GMOs and golden rice. The man who blocked his entrance was Jay Byrne, Monsanto’s former PR man and now head of a PR firm that works with biotech companies. Here’s Schwab’s account of the incident and his analysis of the laureates’ campaign. Food & Water Watch

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