After the vote, the act’s sponsor, Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), withdrew the legislation and vowed to keep fighting for its passage.
Big Food Spent $100 million on Fight
“That’s a great sign for Vermont and we should work together to make sure that they’re not back at this again next week,” Vermont’s Democratic Governor, Peter Shumlin, told National Public Radio.
Shumlin and other supporters of GMO labeling have their work cut for them. The Environmental Working Group reported that food and biotech companies spent $100 million on efforts to kill GMO labeling in the past year. Corporations fighting against GMO labeling include Kellogg, PepsiCo Inc., Monsanto and Dow Chemical Co.
The Center for Food Safety said the vote effectively defeated the bill. The group opposes the bill.
“The defeat of the DARK Act is a major victory for the food movement and America’s right to know,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety. “It also is an important victory for Democracy over the attempt of corporate interests to keep Americans in the Dark about the foods they buy and feed their families.”
The bill is Senate Bill 764.
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