The “DARK Act” bill—or legislation that would effectively eliminate mandatory GMO labeling—was rejected by the Senate yesterday. The anti-labeling bill passed in the House of Representatives but was vehemently protested by activist groups and high-profile chefs such as Michael Pollan and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio. In a recent interview with Vice, Colicchio stated, “I don’t necessarily believe that GMOs are inherently dangerous. I think in some instances, GMOs can be very helpful. They do show a lot of promise, but I still believe that people have a right to know what’s in their food.” Striking down the bill means that individual states can impose mandatory GMO-labeling laws—which Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut currently have in the works. Those in support of eliminating GMO labeling argue that consumers will discriminate against GMO-labeled foods without ample knowledge about the role of genetic modification in the food system. Regardless of which side has more credibility, this move by Senate is a step toward transparency for the consumer within the food system.
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