The DARK Act


The DARK Act will Deny Americans the Right to Know about GMO. It is a bill introduced in Congress. The US Senate is expected to vote on it on Wednesday, August 6. If they pass it, it will go to the US House, which has already passed a somewhat similar bill. We expect that this will be passed in the House if it passes in the Senate. This is Monsanto’s dream bill!

In a preliminary vote, at the end of June, both of New Hampshire’s Senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, indicated that they are in favor of this bill.

We need to stop this new industry proposal. It is not a compromise, but a total cave to the special interests. It is designed to kill Vermont’s labeling law, which went into effect on July 1.

Just a few days before the historic Vermont GMO labeling law went into effect, Senators Roberts and Stabenow introduced a new bill that is nothing more than an industry sponsored attempt to keep Americans in the DARK about what we are eating. This supposed compromise is no better — and arguably even worse — than what was voted down just a few months ago. Please take action today and ask your senators to stand with the American people by voting NO on the “DARKER Act”.

Please dial 866-772-3843 and you will be connected with your senators.

We are seeing GMO labels across the country thanks to the Vermont law with no confusion or increased cost of food as the opposition suggested would happen. GMO labeling is already happening. Is Congress actually suggesting that the country’s largest food companies change their labels again? It is time for the industry to accept the fact that they lost this one.

Please call your senators today at 866-772-3843. We can not allow industry interests to trump our personal rights. We have stopped Monsanto and their allies before and we will do it again as long as we stand together and let our collective voices be heard.

We suggest you read the full statement from Tara Cook-Littman of Citizens for GMO Labeling and the excellent article by Carry Gillam in the Huffington Post. For a history of the various versions of the DARK Act, you can read our article. You can read the full text of the bill, here.

Please take action using the number provided by our friends at Food & Water Watch:

Call 866-772-3843 to tell your Senators to reject the “compromise” Roberts’ bill (S. 2609) and any bill that prevents mandatory GMO labeling.

The final bill is terrible. In an attempt to find “compromise,” the bill will preempt state laws that require on-package GMO labeling in exchange for a website url, a QR code, a symbol or a phone number on the package that will send consumers on a wild goose chase to figure out what GMOs might be in their food.

It’s critical that your Senators hear from you today. Calls are the fastest, most-effective way to get your message through to Congress. Members of Congress tell us that one phone call has the same effect as 10 emails!

Please help us stop this bill. It’s really easy!

  1. 1Call 866-772-3843 to be connected to one of your Senator’s offices. You will hear a short message, and then you will be transferred to one of your Senator’s D.C. offices.

  2. 2When a staffer answers, tell them your name, where you’re from, and say:

  3. 3“I’m a constituent and I care about my right to know what’s in the food I eat. I want my Senator to vote NO on the “compromise” version of Senate Bill 2609 and any other legislation that results in anything less than mandatory, on-package labeling for GMO foods.“

  4. 4If you call again, you will automatically be routed to your second Senator. We expect thousands of people to call, so if you have trouble getting through, please be persistent and keep trying.

  5. 5Repeat daily until the vote is completed.

Vermont’s GMO labeling law went into effect next Friday, July 1, but this move in the Senate will overturn their democratically enacted law. According to a New York Times poll, 93% of Americans want genetically engineered (GMO) foods labeled, but big food companies like Monsanto, Pepsi, Coke, Dow and others that are part of the Grocery Manufacturers Association will stop at nothing to ban GMO labels. 

This could be our last chance for real GMO labeling. Call your Senators at 866-772-3843 and tell them to reject any bill that takes away mandatory on-package GMO labeling that can be read in one quick glance.

The food industry is close to banning all labels on genetically engineered foods. A single phone call may not seem like much, but added to thousands of others, it can have a big impact — and the timing is critical, as your Senators are scheduled to vote on this legislation on Wednesday, July 6.

Please call 866-772-3843 and tell your Senators that you want GMO labels required on food — reject S. 2609!


Senator Kelly Ayotte

DC: 202-224-3324; FAX: 202-224-4952

144 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Manchester: 603-622-7979; FAX: 603-622-0422

Nashua: 603-880-3335

North Country: 603-752-7702; FAX: 752-7704

Portsmouth: 603-436-7161


Senator Jeanne Shaheen

DC: 202-224-2841; FAX: 202-228-3194

520 Hart SOB; Washington, DC 20510

Manchester: 603-647-7500

Claremont: 603-542-4872

Nashua: 603-883-0196

Dover: 603-750-3004

Berlin: 603-752-6300; FAX: 603-752-6305

Keene: 603-358-6604