When President Obama stepped off Air Force One in Kenya last month, he could automatically enjoy the right to know what is in his food... a right Americans don't have in the U.S.
Kenya and 31 more nations President Obama has visited since taking office require the labeling of genetically engineered- or GMO- food. In total, the president has visited half of the 64 countries around the world that require a GMO disclosure on the label.
President Obama pledged to “let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.”
But he won’t get a chance to honor his promise if the Senate approves legislation to block state and federal GMO labeling. Opponents have dubbed the bill, drafted by Sen. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., the Deny Americans the Right to Know or DARK Act.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the DARK Act on July 23 with a vote of 275-150. This legislation would make it virtually impossible for the Obama administration to craft a national GMO labeling system and would block states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws.