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The DARK Act

Background

Passed by Congress in July, 2016 and signed into law by President Obama in the same month, the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act struck down a Vermont law requiring easy, clear to read GMO labeling on food packaging. The new law also preempted labeling laws in Connecticut, Maine, Alaska and seed labeling laws in Vermont and Virginia while also preventing other states from adopting similar legislation in the future.

CFSA opposed this legislation and other versions of it for years. This new law will require food manufacturers to disclose genetically modified ingredients, but will allow them to do so using printed labels, QR codes, or, in some cases, by printing toll-free numbers consumers can call to ask if the product they’re about to purchase contains GMOs. The bill also raised questions at the US Food and Drug Administration about whether certain types of genetically engineered food would be labeled at all.

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What Was New in the 2014 Farm Bill?

The 2014 Farm Bill included a lot of wins and some disappointing losses for organic and local food. Thanks to our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (of which CFSA is a member) for compiling this information.

Learn more about the wins and losses related to the following topics:

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Food Systems

We build the systems organic family farms need to thrive.

CFSA helps create vibrant and sustainable local food systems throughout the Carolinas by building collaborative networks that integrate sustainable food production, safe handling and processing practices, distribution, consumption, and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic, and social health of people and places in North and South Carolina.

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Advocacy

We advocate for fair farm and food policies.

We work to change agriculture laws and regulations to benefit local and organic small and mid-sized farms.

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