CALawMama's Blog


Experiences at the interface of life, law, and motherhood in Cali

The DARK Act: AKA Congress BANS GMO Labeling

In case you missed it, in another example of how our elected officials are so corrupt it will make your head spin, The House passed a bill that will ban states from requiring food manufacturers to label GMOs in their products.

Friends of the Earth voiced deep disappointment at yesterday’s passage of H.R. 1599, a bill which preempts state and local authority to label and regulate genetically engineered food. Dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, the bill was backed primarily by Republicans and passed by a vote of 275-150.

  1. As reported by ABC, “The bill prevents states from each passing their own labeling laws”– the tired as hell argument being that these laws will increase food costs. Um no. You may or may not be aware that after a HUGE outcrying of moms regarding the alleged GMOs in Cheerios, gasp! the recipe was changed. No more GMOs in the cereal marketed to babies as a finger food. Eventhough it was clearly a bottom line decision, I applaud General Mills on that point.
  2. “While companies wouldn’t be required to disclose their products containing GMOs, they would have to get certified if they wanted a label that certifies their products do not contain GMOs — meaning you’d still be able to spot those products easily at the supermarket.” THIS IS where the increased costs will come in. You will have to go through a special process and have your product certified to label it as NON GMO. Whereas those who use GMOs would have an incredibly negligible task of simply adding a sticker to previously designed packaging, with no additional process required, those wishing to label their NON GMO foods would not only have the labeling issue, but also an entire additional process. Now that sounds like an added burden and increased food cost. Let us all pray to the universe that Congress doesn’t ban that bane of hope for real food.

Further troubling:

“The evidence is piling up that Monsanto’s glyphosate and other pesticides that go hand in hand with genetically engineered crops may be harming our health. Americans have more reason than ever to want to know whether they are eating GMOs,” Archer said.

In fact: “More than 300 farmer, consumer and environmental groups and the nation’s second largest farming group, the National Farmers Union opposed the Dark Act.”

H.R. 1599 would preempt more than 130 existing local and state statutes, regulations and ordinances in 43 states and block any future similar oversight of GMOs. GMO labeling is required by more than 64 countries around the world and higher food costs have not been reported in these countries as a result of labeling. In 2013 and 2014 more than 30 states introduced legislation to require GMO labeling, and Vermont, Connecticut and Maine recently passed GMO labeling laws.

Friends of the Earth supports the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), that would direct the FDA to require labeling of GMOs.

In writing to my Congressman, I stated how HR 1599 is counter intuitive. Not only does it favor corporations over people– who is it again Congress is supposed to serve? It also eliminates the ability for consumer to know and choose what they are eating. If individuals do not care whether they are eating GMOs or not, then they would continue to eat foods that contain GMOs, despite the labels. If, however, what is more likely the case, consumers do in fact care whether they are consuming GMOs, the label may serve as a warning, and discourage consumers from buying those products– which is likely what is occurring here. Rather than giving Americans the ability to determine what’s in their food, The House voted to keep us in the DARK, pun intended. Disappointing.


Filed under: Congress, Corporate America, Corporate Interests, GMOs, House of Representatives, Legislation, , , , , , , , , , ,

Pizza Dough

WordPress is just not being my friend today. I had a whole blog post typed out, and it auto saved NONE of it. BLAH!

So anyway. Today I’m going to tell you about Pizza Dough, because you need to make it. This is a modified version of the recipe in Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook. There is one in a subsequent book, but we like this one the best.

Here’s my version:


  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast (make sure it says rapid or quick rise, not just active)
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 8 cups AP flour (note this recipe could easily be halved for a family of four or smaller, we just eat a lot of pizza!)
  • 2/3 cup EVOO
  • 2 tsp salt

This recipe could not be easier. You pour the yeast into the warm water and let it sit. Meanwhile, in your electric mixer, or by hand, put in the flour and salt, then add the EVOO on slow, until it’s just mixed. Then, gently mix the yeast and water, then add it into the mix on a low speed. Once it forms a dough ball, you’re done! Just set it into an oiled bowl, cover with a paper towel, and let it sit 1-2 hours. 2 hours is the sweet spot IMO, check it:

photo (16)

Then, stretch it out and place onto an OILED surface, either straight onto the pan, or on an aluminum foil lined pan. Waxed paper works in a pinch. Top with sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings, and bake at 400-450 depending on your oven for 18ish minutes, until the cheese is bubbly, and crust is golden brown. If baking with kids, individual cake pans work great.

You can totally do this, behold:

Greek-ish style pizza: feta, sliced kalamata olives, spinach

Greek-ish style pizza: feta, sliced kalamata olives, spinach

8ish cheese pizza (mozzarella, cheddar, quattro formaggio, etc.)

8ish cheese pizza (mozzarella, cheddar, quattro formaggio, etc.)

kid pizzas

kid pizzas

I am so bad at formatting, I give up on today. I also suck at photography. Happy Monday, the end!

Filed under: Being Deliberate, Cooking for Large Families, cooking from scratch, cooking with kids, Easy recipes, quick recipes, , , , , ,

Blog Stats

  • 11,616 hits
Follow CALawMama's Blog on

Blog Stats

  • 11,616 hits