Welcome to the Guide 2 Good Food’s Community News section, where every two weeks we provide updates on what the Change Food Community is doing as well as report important, time sensitive news. (The Change Food Community consists of Change Food speakers as well as former TEDxManhattan speakers.)
The DARK Act
- A bill that would have blocked the labeling of genetically modified foods was voted down by the Senate this week. Food & Water Watch and the Environmental Working Group worked diligently to ensure victory against the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.
- Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued this statement after the Senate voted down the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.
“The DARK Act goes against the 90% of Americans who think that food containing GMOs should be labeled and its defeat in the Senate is a win for consumers. Now we should move forward with a reasonable bill that requires clear, simple on-package labeling that tells consumers if they are buying something that contains GMOs.”
Pingree is a cosponor on a House bill that would require mandatory labeling of products containing GMO ingredients.
- Tom Colicchio’s organization, Food Policy Action, also worked to block the DARK act. He had over 4,000 chefs sign a petition against the legislation.
- Michelle Obama is setting out on a garden tour as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign. She will visit gardens modeled after her vegetable plot on the White House’s South Lawn.
Benefits and Awards
- Willy Nelson is hosting a beneficiary event for Chef Michel Nischan’s Wholesome Wave, an organization that provides farm-fresh food for underserved communities. Over 200 guests are attending the sold-out event on Nelson’s private ranch.
- The James Beard Foundation has announced it’s 2016 Award Nominees. Find out who’s on the list this year.
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