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So which companies are paying big bucks to fight GMO labeling?

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August 2, 2012 in Business

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Proposition 37, better known as the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, is set to go to ballot this November in California. The initiative would require labels signifying when a food product contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and items that do include GMO would no longer be allowed to use descriptors such as “all-natural” on food packaging (because they are not).

Both sides of the debate have raised millions for the cause in lead-up to what will be an historic vote with far-reaching ramifications. Well, have you wondered which companies are paying big bucks to fight for GMO against truth in advertising? Check this list out (from KCET.org):

  • Pepsi and Coca-Cola (professional rivals coming together for one cause, like The Avengers of Frankenfood)
  • Nestle
  • Kellogg
  • Hormel
  • Bimbo
  • General Mills
  • ConAgra, the company behind Gulden’s, Jiffy Pop, Swiss Miss, and dozens more
  • Smucker’s has given money as well, which very much contradicts their ad campaign about what simple, rural farm folk who just love fruit they are.

Some of these names may surprise you, most likely do not, but the point is these companies are using top-dollar financial influence to cloud any attempt at transparency with their genetically modified products. The Council for Biotechnology Information has also spent hundreds of thousands in the fight against prop 37, forming the Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition. Companies on the council include all the usual suspects:

  • BASF Plant Science (Tagline? “The Chemical Company” — Yum!)
  • Bayer CropScience
  • Dow
  • DuPont
  • Monsanto
  • Syngenta

These companies make billions in profits between them on their total lack of transparency. The coalition they created includes pretty much every snack food association you could possibly think of (did you even know there is a National Frozen Pizza Institute?), civil justice groups (irony?), California grocers associations, and a long list of California agriculture and farming institutions. Visit the coalition to view them all.

So what is really at stake in the GMO labeling war? Why money, money, and more money! Oh, and subsequently, your health and the health of your family…but look over there! Shiny things!

Bottom line? This is America, where we are supposed to have freedom of choice; not labeling GMO takes away our basic right to choose what goes inside our bodies. I promise not to spend the 100 pages I could ranting about how Big Agra has quite literally paid off our government to the point of near self-regulation and total immunity… I will just repeat, as I have said so many times before, if there really were no ill-effects caused by GMO products (which scientific studies, superweeds, superbugs, and Colony Collapse Disorder linked to glyphosate indeed show there are), then GMO companies should have no problem whatsoever LABELING THEM.

~ Mel


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14 responses to So which companies are paying big bucks to fight GMO labeling?

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  2. ewght by smuckers and i can easily bullhorn and protest their corporate headquarters but before i stic my neck out, where is the written documentation that they are donating money. I want your http://www.vpillssatis.gen.tr article which ill print off and the other actual proof in my hand. Get the donation proof up here on your site and the donation paper tredwf!

  3. Even some Republican groups are heavily promoting prop 37! There’s a group, called RPI that I’m working with to create literature and spread the word for California prop 37 throughout the state.

    Here’s their page:
    http://www.republicansforindependence.org/prop-37.html

  4. Australia is probably the most multicultural society in the world – we’ve got everything lol – it dosent work!!! – to see how it dosent work just search youtube for “cronulla riots” – cronulla is a beach suburb really not that far from the sydney city centre – - – our beach life savers have always worn speedo’s as part of their uniform – due to pressure from the muslim lobby – they now wear shorts – “thats just one compromise” – why the f*** are we compromising with these people? – - what happened to intergration? – to our way – not their way – - bottom line? there is none – they come to our country and want their own way – - – if they dont get their own way, they RIP OFF the government till they have enough money to bring their ideals to fruition – - – bottom line? multiculturalism DOSN”T WORK – those that think it does work are fooling themselves.
    BOTTOM LINE::: we will soon be a minority in our own countries – why? – cause muslim woman want to stay at home and have 17 kids – whereas western woman want a career and maybe have 1 or 2 kids later
    thats how muslims work – QUOTE:::muslims will take over the world by first infiltrating a country – then basically breeding them out:::
    by the year 2020 latino’s will be the majority in the US – and muslims in AUstralia, and because we are so close to indonesia (the largest muslim populus in the world) it wont be long
    the answer?::: if everyone should stay in their own countries, mind their own business – and everything would go on like it has for 1000′s of years
    but oh f******* no – lets mix them all together – - – f***k** idiots

  5. Good Article thx!

  6. Awesome article! Thanks for calling out these crooks!

  7. Hey Melissa…I live right by smuckers and i can easily bullhorn and protest their corporate headquarters but before i stic my neck out, where is the written documentation that they are donating money. I want your article which ill print off and the other actual proof in my hand. Get the donation proof up here on your site and the donation paper trail. Thanks

  8. I would say it is a very good time to BOYCOTT all those companies who are against the labeling of GMO stuff. That way they could really feel it !

  9. I buy only organic foods for my family and my dog. I asked even Costco to consider labeling their Kirkland label GMO Free. We are being poisoned through our food and water. I filter my water with three chambers and a infrared light. Protect yourself, family, your pets, and farm animals.

  10. Just read in the paper yesterday that Wal-Mart, going against activists and consumers, will be selling GMO sweet corn. Won’t be shopping at Wal-Mart any more, I’ll pay more and/or drive further instead of shopping there. At least my feed store carries my dog’s favortie cookies now, even though they charge a little more, it’s a small business that’s been around for over 100 years and I try to support them as much as I can.

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