DARK ACT This is a Reprint of an earlier Newsletter that did not make it into our Blog. Even though this Act happened in the past, it’s always important to understand who pushed it and WHY because they are going to try again!


Aquaponics USA/World
July 2016 Newsletter
#31
Table Of Contents
The DARK Act, a pretend Federal Labeling Act is a ruse!
What are GMOs?
The GMO Battle rages on!
Who is behind the DARK Act?
The Face of a Betrayer of WE, The People.
Another face to remember and get rid of.

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A Word From Our Editor, Grace Sylke
We’re doing our best to not be political, which is difficult in the middle of a raging political election like our 2016 Presidential one now playing every where we look.
But we have to go where our research points us; and the research around GMOs is pointing straight at a gang of politicians that we all need to consider firing if we really care about getting GMOs at least properly labeled.
This Newsletter is the sad story of why our marches, our petitions, our State elections, our activist websites, our Doctors, our bonafide reasearchers and our pleadings to get GMOs properly labeled  have all been IGNORED!
Read it and weep like the little red head next to this statement. Or is that sweat due to fear about what this unscientific and untested scourge on our planet called GMOs is doing to us and our environment?
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They Did It! They passed the DARK ACT!
We told you last month we’d be screaming bloody murder about the passage of the DARK ACT, and now it’s here waiting for Obama’s signature. If any of you are thinking Obama is going to ride in like our Prince on a white horse and VETO this Bill, think again. He is Monsanto’s man in the White House in spite of his promise to us before his election in 2008 to “Let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they’re buying.” (Barack Obama, 2007) If you don’t believe us, just give him a few days to prove us right. If he Vetoes the DARK Act, we’ll happily apologize for misjudging him.

Preventing us from knowing that GMO’s are in our Food is an Equal Opportunity Scam presented by the Republicans, the Democrats and even the Tea Party. Politics is certainly part of it; but behind the politics are the same old motivators–Money and Control. 

On Day 2 of the Republican National Convention, Dr. Ben Carson caused a stir when he said that Sal Alinsky’s book entitled “Rules For Radicals” was dedicated to Lucifer. We haven’t read that book, and we aren’t supporting Dr. Carson’s comments here; but when it comes to GMOs, we can’t help but feel there’s some really, really dark energy behind them, their proliferation, their support and the recently passed DARK Act. True to its activist’s name, The DARK Act was passed by the Senate “in a late night vote on Thursday,” July 7, 2016. (Quote taken from the Vermont Right to Know GMOs website article entitled ”  VT Right to Know GMOs denounces Senate passage of “compromise” GMO labeling bill”) You’ll be hearing more about Vermont below.

This Newsletter is an attempt to explain what GMOs are, what the on-going battle is and finally, what the DARK Act is that was just passed by Congress and is awaiting the President’s signature. If you’re sensitive about criticizing our current President, the presumptive Democrat Presidential Nominee, the Democrat Party, the Republican Party and the Tea Party, don’t read this Newsletter because they are all about to be bashed for being in the GMO bag together.

Ironically, here’s one dastardly place where they all seem to agree (or at least enough of them to get a really bad bill passed). What do they agree on? They agree that almost 90% of the American people can go to hell in regard to their wishes that GMOs be properly labeled! Now that’s saying something; and this isn’t the first time we’ve said it (except this time we added the “hell” word because this is a dark and hellish bill that was just passed).  To learn more about what happened with the DARK Act in April, go to our April Newsletter. Us food activists were celebrating in April; but we knew the battle wasn’t over or won, and that the Biotechs were going to wage a counter attack in the near future.

Let us be clear, the only reason that Donald Trump isn’t being mentioned here is because his position on GMOs is still anomalous as he’s the newcomer among these folks who have been and still are in positions of power and are determined to continue to shove GMOs down our throats against our will. On the other hand, Bernie Sanders needs an honorable mention when it comes to GMOs because he’s fought long and hard to get them labeled, and it was his state, Vermont, that actually passed a mandatory labeling bill, which the DARK ACT has just voided (more on that below).

So let’s just go ahead and jump into the GMO weeds, shall we.

So exactly what are GMOs?

“A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.
This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.”

“So what is a gene? Every plant and animal is made of cells, each of which has a center called a nucleus. Inside every nucleus there are strings of DNA, half of which is normally inherited from the mother and half from the father. Short sequences of DNA are called genes. These genes operate in complex networks that are finely regulated to enable the processes of living organisms to happen in the right place and at the right time.”

“How is genetic engineering done? Because living organisms have natural barriers to protect themselves against the introduction of DNA from a different species, genetic engineers must force the DNA from one organism into another. Their methods include:

Using viruses or bacteria to ‘infect’ animal or plant cells with the new DNA.
Coating DNA onto tiny metal pellets, and firing it with a special gun into the cells.
Injecting the new DNA into fertilized eggs with a very fine needle.
Using electric shocks to create holes in the membrane covering sperm, and then forcing the new DNA into the sperm through these holes.”

“Is genetic engineering precise? The technology of genetic engineering is currently very crude. It is not possible to insert a new gene with any accuracy, and the transfer of new genes can disrupt the finely controlled network of DNA in an organism.”

“Current understanding of the way in which DNA works is extremely limited, and any change to the DNA of an organism at any point can have side effects that are impossible to predict or control. The new gene could, for example, alter chemical reactions within the cell or disturb cell functions. This could lead to instability, the creation of new toxins or allergens, and changes in nutritional value.”(Quotes taken from the IRT website (Institute For Responsible Technology) Page called “The GE Process“)

If you want to learn more about GMOs and the main international corporation pushing them worldwide, read our July 2015 Newsletter called “GMOs, The Gift That Big Food Keeps On Giving! A Special Thanks to You, Monsanto”.

The GMO Battle: Who is waging it? Where is the battle field? What are the Rules of Engagement? 

The GMO Battle is being fought around the world. If you’ve been reading our Newsletters, you already know that many of the European countries aren’t even playing the Labeling game. They have completely banned GMOs and have already won this war. You can read our May 2016 Newsletter that tells how and why the Europeans were able to escape the clutches of the Biotechs unlike us Americans who continue to beg to even be able to get a label telling us GMOs are present in our food.

America is the Biotech’s Alamo. As they lose ground abroad, they simply bring in more GMO products to their captives in the good old U.S. of A. If they lose ground here, and states actually are allowed to write bills that demand proper and mandatory labeling, the Biotechs will lose billions and the whole crazy GMO scheme will go bust.

So what did these unscrupulous schemers do to save their bacon? Oh, yes, GMO pigs are on the way, but that’s a story for another time. They simply changed The Rules of Engagement. And that’s where the DARK Act comes in.

Here is a map of Vermont, where the GMO battle is hot! Why? Because on Thursday, May 8, 2014, the Governor of Vermont “signed a bill into law that will require the labeling of genetically modified food–hailing it as the first such law in the nation.” (Quote from CNN website article entitled “Vermont governor signs GMO food labeling into law“)

However, this law did not go into effect until July 1, 2016. So the Biotechs were on a deadline. They had to figure out a way to kill this Vermont law and prevent any other state from following the path to GMO freedom forged by Vermont when the people legitimately presented, voted on and passed their labeling bill. So what did the Biotechs do? They created the “compromise” labeling bill, known in the Senate as S.764, also known as H.R.1599 “The Safe and Accurate Food labeling Act of 2015, [Version 2]” in the House and infamously known as The DARK Act among food activists and consumer and environmental groups with DARK standing for “Denying Americans the Right to Know”.

This bill is now awaiting Obama’s signature with little to no hope that he will Veto it. When he does Not Veto it, We The People will know once and for all where he stands on the subject of GMOs. In actuality, there’s really no suspense here as we at Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics World can tell you, he unfortunately stands with the Biotechs.

“Andrea Stander, Executive Director of Rural Vermont, an advocacy group for small farmers, reacted to the vote saying: ‘Every Vermonter and every American who cares about the food they eat and the democracy they live in, should be outraged by what the U.S. Senate just did. This bill is a corporate giveaway masquerading as a GMO labeling ‘compromise’. Senate leadership has chosen corporate lobbyists over the 90% of Americans who support labeling. Without a single committee hearing, and allowing for no amendments, they’ve passed a bill so riddled with loopholes and delays, so unenforceable, that even the FDA has argued it may not lead to a single product being labeled. They should be ashamed.’ ” (Quote taken from the Vermont Right to Know GMOs website article entitled “VT Right to Know GMOs denounces Senate passage of “compromise” GMO labeling bill“)

How Did The DARK Act come into being? Meet Rep. Mike Pompeo! 
Remember this face. Emblazon this name into your memory because this is the Representative who betrayed us all. He is Representative Mike Pompeo (R)  who has represented the 4th congressional district of Kansas since 2011 when he was elected as a member of the Tea Party movement.

“And why exactly does Rep. Pompeo care about GMO labeling? Well, those who would stand the most to lose from GMO labeling are some of Pompeo’s biggest supporters. Since 1989, he has been given more than $170,000 from agricultural business corporations and $81,000 from the food and beverage industry. But both of those numbers pale in comparison to the check written by well-known anti-GMO-labeling firm Koch Industries. From them, Pompeo has received $238,900. In return, Pompeo is making it easier for food companies to get away with keeping consumers in the dark about GMOs.” (Quote taken from the David Wolfe’s website article entitled ” GMO Un-labeling DARK ACT: What You Need To Know!“)

Sadly, this is how it works in Washington. Big Food and Big Corp pay off so-called Representatives to represent them instead of us. It’s a dirty and knarled web that has to be cleaned up and straightened out before WE The People have a ghost of a chance of getting what we want. Misappropriations Mike is a prime example of what’s wrong in Washington. The good news is he’s up for re-election this year. Maybe the people of Kansas will wake up and send him packing for this blatant betrayal.

Meet Senator Pat Roberts!

Here’s another face and name to emblazon into your memories. This is Senator Pat Roberts (R), who is also from Kansas. Senator Roberts represents everything Washington shouldn’t be–a bastion of professional politicians. Senator Roberts has been in the U.S. Senate since 1997, which means he’s been there for nearly 20 years. On June 23, 2016, Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) introduced a compromise bill that would create a mandatory, national labeling standard for GMO foods. This bill was passed by the Senate on July 7th and the House of Representatives on July 14th. We’ll explain why this bill is a sham below.

Because of this longevity, Senator Roberts has established relationships with some big players like the DuPont Company. DuPont contributed $25,050 to Senator Roberts campaign committee. And wouldn’t you know it, DuPont has an agriculture division called DuPont Pioneer that “makes and sells hybrid seed and genetically modified seed, some of which become genetically modified food.”  Another contributor to Senator Roberts is Koch Industries, which we have already established is no friend to the non GMO movement. Koch Industries contributed $58,450 to Senator Roberts campaign. Then there’s the Berkshire Hathaway multinational conglomerate holding company that contributed $21,150 to Senator Roberts. Berkshire Hathaway holds 26% of the Kraft Heinz Company.

Senator Roberts is another politician who is choosing to represent his benefactors over WE The People. Need we say more? (Stats gleaned from the Open Secrets, Center for Responsive Politics website page entitled “Pat Roberts“, Wikipedia page entitled “Berkshire Hathaway” and Wikipedia page entitled “DuPont“)

Meet Senator Debbie Stabenow!
 
And now for Senator Debbie Stabenow (D). One more face and name to emblazon in your memory as a traitor to the American people. Let’s see who contributes to her campaigns, which have been many because she’s also a professional politician having served in the House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001 and as a Michigan Senator since 2001. She will be facing her next election in 2018.

Dow Chemical Company gave Senator Stabenow $34,207 for her last campaign. One of Dow Chemical Company’s business lines is Agricultural Sciences in which they provide “seed/plant biotechnology [read GMOs] products and technologies”. What a surprise!

Senator Stabenow has a reputation as a supporter of GMOs and the Biotech companies that create them. On May 26, 2013, 2 million, that’s “M” for million people marched against Monsanto, one of the premiere Biotech companies, and the media paid little to no attention to it. “The day before the event, an amendment to the farm bill that would have allowed the individual states to pass laws protecting consumers from unlabeled GMOs was quietly shot down in the Senate with a vote of 71-27 against this right. The timing of this betrayal, right before a long weekend, goes along with the general modus operandi of sliding through things that will meet with objections from the public when they are otherwise distracted.”

“The failure to pass this amendment was due in part to Monsanto mouthpiece Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee.  Stabenow, incidentally, received over three quarters of a million dollars from agribusiness interests ($739,926 to be exact) in agribusiness donations.  Stabenow utilized the propaganda that is being dispersed by the likes of Monsanto and the Gates Foundation to argue her point.”

“Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee, spoke on behalf of the biotech giant seizing the opportunity to focus primarily on the myth that genetically modified ingredients feed the hungry people of the world, ignoring the fact that 64 countries now require GMO labeling.

‘This particular amendment would interfere with the FDA’s science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers,’ Stabenow said.

‘It’s also important to note that around the world now we are seeing genetically modified crops that have the ability to resist crop diseases and improve nutritional content and survive drought conditions in many developing countries,’ she added.

Unable to make the connection with how allowing states to label GMO foods would interfere with corporate biotech operations abroad, she instead took the opportunity to show that the chair of the Agriculture Committee is marching lockstep with the Gates Foundation.

‘We see wonderful work being done by foundations like the Gates Foundation and others, that are using new techniques to be able to feed hungry people,’ she said.” (Quote taken from the Eat Local Grown website article entitled ” The Monsanto 71: Senators Who Betrayed Constituents in Favor of Biotech Dollars“)

We rest our case against Senator Stabenow.

Monsanto’s Woman In The White House! (if she wins)
We’ve already done our homework regarding Hillary’s support of the Biotechs and their GMOs, which is why we can call her Monsanto’s Woman In The White House. Read our May Newsletterto get all of the gory details about how her State Dept. shamelessly and aggressively promoted the Biotechs and their GMOs around the world.

Then there’s her close association with Mr. George Soros who “in December [2015] donated $6 million to the leading super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, marking the return of the billionaire financier as among the biggest givers in all of American politics. The massive check brings to $8 million the Hungarian-born investor’s total 2015 giving to pro-Clinton groups.” (Quote taken from the Politico website article entitled “George Soros donates $8 million to boose Hillary”)

According to the Open Secrets website on Hillary Clinton’s contributions for 2016, the George Soros Fund Management has contributed $7,044,500, which is another tidy sum wouldn’t you say?

So what do you think George Soros’ involvement is in the GMO story, if any? Well, it just so happens that “Soros’ top 5 investment shareholdings are in gold, Petrobras petroleum company, Hess Corp petroleum company, Monsanto corporation, Citigroup Inc., and Suncor Energy Inc.(petroleum company).” Did you see the name, Monsanto?

“That’s right, George Soros, who is famous for being one of the most powerful and influential persons in world economics and whose speculations alone are said to have ‘broke the Bank of England’, is one of the key directors for the organization that is leading the charge to regulate, control and tax Cannabis in California. All the while George Soros is one of the major shareholders in the worlds largest GM Seed bio-technology corporation known as Monsanto.” (Quote taken from the ENDOD.org website article entitled “Soros, The DEA, Monsanto and GMO Terminator Cannabis“)

So of course, Hillary, who is a career politician if there ever was one, is pandering to the Biotechs and especially Monsanto because she knows what side of her bread the butter is on to the tune of over $15 million dollars it seems.

Why Will Obama Sign the DARK Act?
Just like Hillary and many other Democrats, Obama is deeply entrenched in the Soros camp and has been since the beginning of his political career. After all, it’s hard to say “No” to one of the richest men in the world with an estimated “fortune of at least $7 billion and additional investments of another $11 billion or so”.

“The personal relationship between Soros and Obama goes back at least as far as June, 2004, when the billionaire Soros hosted a fundraiser for Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign at his New York home. Soros’ and the Lefts’ ‘Chosen One,’ Obama, was successfully elected to the U.S Senate. And, after the failure of their efforts to oust George Bush in 2004, Soros convened another secretive meeting of 70 like-minded and wealthy donors in Scottsdale, Ariz., to take a look at what had gone wrong and to develop a plan for the future. This meeting would eventually be called the ‘Phoenix Group’ and, in the end, Barack Obama would be the benefactor of the efforts that would emerge from this confab.”

“In December 2006, as Obama was contemplating a run for the White House, George Soros and Barack Obama met to discuss the young senator’s political ambitions. In a matter of a few weeks, on January 16, 2007, Obama announced he was establishing a presidential exploratory committee although, at that point, he’d logged a total of only 143 days in service as a U.S. senator.”

“Literally hours after the announcement, Soros sent Obama the maximum individual contribution allowed by campaign finance law. Later that week, Soros announced that he would be supporting the candidacy of Barack Obama instead of Hillary Clinton, the candidate he’d previously supported. In an interview he conducted with Judy Woodruff in May, 2008, Soros was prophetic, gushing ‘Obama has the charisma and the vision to radically reorient America in the world,’ and added ‘this emphasis on experience is way overdone.’ (Quotes taken from the Human Events website article  entitled “The Obama-Soros Connection“)

So now that we know how connected Soros is to Monsanto, is it any wonder that upon his election in 2008, Obama “filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in GMO food issues–the USDA and the FDA:

“1. At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center. 
2. As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.
3. As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.
4. As the Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.
5. As the counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont. 
6. As the head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had previously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research. 
7. We should also remember that Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto. 
8. Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Kagan, as federal solicitor general, had previously argued for Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Geertson seed case before the Supreme Court.”

This must have made his benefactor, George Soros very happy. (Quotes taken from the Info Wars website article entitled ” Monsanto’s DARK ACT Ready for Obama’s Signature“) With this kind of a set up, WE, The People don’t stand a chance; but for those of you who still believe it’s possible Obama will Veto this bogus bill, be our guests and Sign the two Petitions below. It just takes a minute and it demonstrates our RESOLVE to keep fighting.

This Petition is directly associated with the Whitehouse.gov Website

VETO THE DARK ACT (S.764)

This Petition needs 4,198 signatures by August 8, 2016 to get a response from the White House. So far 98,802 people have signed it. The creators of this Petition have a goal of 100,000. When Obama signs the DARK Act, WE the People will know once and for all where he stands. We decided to sign it ourselves just to be part of the process. We also signed the Vermont Right To Know Petition aimed directly at President Obama below.

Meet Tom Vilsack, our Secretary of Agriculture and one of the people that was on Hillary’s short list for VP, also known as “Monsanto’s favorite politician”.
(Quote taken from the Fitsnews.com website article entitled “Barack Obama’s “Dark Act” Flip Flop . . .”)
We almost missed detailing Tom Vilsack’s support of GMOs (even though he’s mentioned on the above list of Obama’s Monsanto and Biotech People) and that would have been a shame because he shows up in both the present Obama Administration as our esteemed Secretary of Agriculture and in Hillary’s potential Administration as one of the people on her short list for Vice President. By now, we all know she chose Senator Kaine; but just having Vilsack on her short list speaks volumes and indicates he may serve in some other capacity in her Administration. So why is Fitnews.com calling Vilsack “Monsanto’s favorite politician”?
1. As governor of Iowa, Vilsack was for Iowa engaging in the development of genetically engineered crops for the pharmaceutical industry in spite of the industry itself stating it would not grow these crops in states like Iowa “where it could contaminate neighboring crops intended for human consumption”. (Quote taken from GENET Archive website article entitled “2-Plants: US politicians attack BIO’s GMO moratorium“)

2. Vilsack was named Governor of the Year by the biggest biotechnology industry group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and founder and former chair of the Governor’s Biotechnology Partnership.

3. Vilsack originated the Iowa seed pre-emption bill, which “took away local government’s possibility of ever having a regulation on seeds–where GE would be grown, having GE-free buffers, banning pharma corn locally, etc. Representative Sandy Greiner, the Republican sponsor of the bill, bragged on the House Floor that Vilsack put her up to it right after his state of the state address.”
4. Vilsack has a reputation for being a schill for biotech giants like Monsanto and often travels in Monsanto jets. (Quotes and information taken from the Organic Consumers Association website article entitled “Six Reasons Why Obama Appointing Monsanto’s Buddy, Former Iowa Governor Vilsack, for USDA Head Would be a Terrible Idea“)
The above referenced article was published on November 12 of 2008; and the rest is history. Vilsack is the head of the USDA and came very close to being chosen as Hillary’s running mate. Again, need we say more?

The Biotechs have won the battle, but they haven’t won the war. WE, the People all know this Act is a sham designed to keep us from really labeling GMOs. So if you’re . . .

In spite of what this poster is saying, it’s obvious if you’ve read our Newsletter this far, that you really are trying to figure out what the DARK Act is all about; and we’re going to do our best to explain it to you here. The poster has been created for all those folks who don’t want the details and just want the basics. You’re not one of them so here go the gory details.
 1. No State is allowed to enact mandatory GMO labeling laws; and Vermont’s law, which became active on July 1st, is null and void.
 2. Food companies making food with GMOs would be allowed to voluntarily disclose the presence of those GMOs for two more years until finalized GMO labeling rules are enactedby the USDA.
 3. Covers all GMO foods regulated by FDA and many foods regulated by USDA would have to include a disclosure.
 4. The products of animals fed GMO feed would not have to include a disclosure. At the same time, such products cannot make “non-GMO” claims.
 5. According to USDA, all food ingredients derived from genetic engineering, including oils and sugars, will include a disclosure.
 6. USDA will determine the GMO threshold (e.g. 0.9%) below which foods do not have include a disclosure. 
 7. Companies could disclose through three options: words on the package; a symbol to be developed by USDA; or, by a QR code or similar digital disclosure.
  • A QR code would have to be accompanied by the words “Scan here for more food information” and by a toll-free number.
  • A QR code will only be required on GMO foods, must be big enough to be scanned, and the GMO disclosure must be prominent, and on the first product information page.

8. USDA will conduct a study within one year and require disclosure options for consumers who do not have smartphones.

 9. Exemptions are permitted for small and very small packages and for small companies.
10. Ensure consistency with the National Organic Program and permit organic foods to make “non-GMO” claims.
11. Subjects manufacturers to state and private litigation if manufacturers fail to make a required disclosure, and preserves FDA’s food labeling enforcement authorities.
The bold print reveals all the sneaky loopholes which will allow the Biotechs to just keep on feeding us and our food animals their GMOs while pretending to label them. They have even snuck in a GMO threshold limit (yet to be determined) as if there’s a threshold under which poison is acceptable. (Quotes and list of items in the DARK Act have been taken from the EWG website article entitled “GMO Labeling Bill“)
But number seven above, really takes the GMO cake. Food companies using GMOs can inform their customers in three ways with actual words on the package (now there’s a novel idea), a presently non-existent symbol on the package or a QR Code that would have to be scanned with a smart phone. HUH? Below, is a short video depicting how that would work:
Does this can of soup have GMOs???????
Does this can of soup have GMOs???????
What we hope would happen if the GMO food manufacturers actually try to go this QR route is the QR Code will simply become the symbol that says GMOs are there and avoid all foods with QR Codes.
Somehow, some way, WE, the People are going to win this war. Stay tuned as the battles rage on.

Here’s one last attempt to turn the tide with our President! Go to the Vermont Right to Know GMOs Petition.

 Image below taken from the Vermont Right to Know website.

Make Obama VETO this Bill and make us wrong about him. Wouldn’t it be great if he didn’t lie to the American people when he said he would get GMOs labeled in 2007 before he was elected?Wouldn’t it be great if he doesn’t try to pass the bogus DARK Act off as his keeping his word about getting GMOs labeled.
His VETO of this bogus bill would be a real miracle and give us all hope for our Food Freedom in the future.

The Guessing Game is Over. Obama signed the DARK Act today, July 30, 2016

We discovered this sad news just before going to press today. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s next. He’s going to claim that this is his fulfillment of the big promise he made to Label GMOs. Never mind it took seven and a half years and never mind this is a bogus bill masquerading as a GMO Labeling Bill. “The federal measure authored by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and fast-tracked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (no committee, no debate) has now quelled all state efforts for clear text labeling of genetically modified organisms in food.” (Quote taken from the Activist Post website article entitled “President Obama Just Signed The DARK Act Into Law“)
This Bill kills all chances for real GMO Labeling Bills in every State! But he’s going to claim that this rigged, sham of a Bill is the real deal. What a disappointment. What a testimony to the rigging they are all in on. We’re feeling a bit like Bernie Sanders when Hillary threw him a bone during her acceptance speech. He just sat there with a look of angry despair on his face for a long, long time. It was the most poignant moment of the entire night.
Bernie not only knew he and his thousands of supporters had been cheated out of the Nomination, but he also knew the DARK Act was going to kill Vermont’s duly passed Vermont Right To Know GMOs Labeling Bill and it was going to be turned into a vapid, pretense of a real labeling act that was ultimately going to be signed by Obama.  
In many ways and especially when it comes to Big Food, we are all Bernie–little men fighting the big, rigged cog controlled by huge corporations that are in bed with government. We weren’t supporting Bernie in his bid for the presidency of the U.S; but we have a lot of respect for his willingness to fight the good food fight. This time Goliath won; but the war is far from over because us little people are legion.
Please FORWARD this email to your colleagues, friends and family who need to become aware of what’s going on behind the scenes and the importance of healthy eating. We can’t make the changes we need to make without first understanding why the changes are so important. We can save lives and our country with this information.
Thank You for following our Newsletters. We so appreciate your interest in our two cutting edge Aquaponics Companies, Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics Wold, LLC. We’ll continue to bring you important information about Aquaponics, our Food and our U.S. Food System, which, right now, is broken and has turned us into subjects of the Big Food Sharks and the Biotechs.
Please help us turn the tables around so we can declare our Food Freedom again and become the healthiest country on the planet instead of the sickest.

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