Food Justice March targets TPP, "Dark Act," Monsanto

On the 16th of October, the Food Justice march protested Monsanto and other makers of genetically-modified "frankenfoods" and their flunkies in the US government. The first target of the march was USTR, the offices of the United States Trade Representative. Monsanto spent a lot of time there makign sure their "contributions" were included in the toxic TPP or Trans-Pacific Parthership trade deal. Next up was the EPA, an agency known for taking little action against GMO's and dangerous pesticides such as neo-nicotinoids that can exterminate bees. Finally the march went to Monsanto's headquarters and stayed there until well after dark. Speaking of dark, Monsanto is pushing the "dark act," a proposed Federal law to ban states from requiring GMO "frankenfoods" to be labelled.

The "Dark Act" or HR 1599 is believed to be unlikely to pass the Senate, but activists fear it will be attached instead to the 2016 budget or some other "must-pass" bill. An ugly precedent for this was set by Senator McCain's inclusion of language giving Resolution Copper the right to destroy Oak Flats (an Apache sacred site) with a copper mine in the 1015 NDAA defense spending bill. Even if the "Dark Act" is stopped, similar provisions are also included in the TPP trade deal. If state or local governments impose labelling laws anywhere in any country that ratifies the TPP, the governments involved will be exposed to NAFTA style lawsuits where the national governments get dragged before a "court" of corporate lawyers who will demand that all lost potential profits be paid back. Already the US has lost one of these lawsuits over labelling of imported meat from Mexico and Canada under WTO rules. The result was legislation forced through congress to stop country of origin labelling on meat products.

Monsanto and their supporters call HR 1599 the "the Safe and Accurate Food Labelling Act of 2015" but since it is a bill to deny consumers information, it is more widely known as Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or DARK act for short.