Thursday, December 6, 2012

GMO Ballot Initiative In California

GMOThere was a ballot initiative in California to require Genetically Modified Organisms in foods to be labeled so consumers can have a choice. This freaked out the companies like Monsanto and DuPont that produce GMO.

They and their allies like Coca Cola, General Mills and many others donated around $50,000,000 to defeat the measure. The groups and organizations supporting the passage of the initiative raised only around $4 million.

The opponents of labeling produced commercials that lied outright and even said that the FDA agreed with their position, which was possibly a violation of federal law.

The Organic Consumers Association is calling on consumers to boycott these organic and "natural" brands that are owned by major manufacturers. The amount they donated to defeat the labeling initiative:

  • PepsiCo (Donated $2.5M): Naked Juice, Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana Organic

  • Kraft (Donated $2M): Boca Burgers and Back to Nature

  • Safeway (Member of Grocery Manufacturers Association, which donated $2M):“O” Organics

  • Coca-Cola (Donated $1.7M): Honest Tea, Odwalla

  • General Mills (Donated $1.2M): Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar

  • Con-Agra (Donated $1.2M): Orville Redenbacher’s Organic, Hunt’s Organic, Lightlife, Alexia

  • Kellogg’s (Donated $791k): Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburger

  • Smucker’s (Donated $555k ): R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic

  • Unilever (Donated $467k): Ben & Jerry’s

  • Dean Foods (Donated $254k): Horizon, Silk, White Wave

Even with all of this money, the results were still close. The opponents of labeling received 53% of the vote and the supporters of labeling received 47% of the vote.

While we lost this first time, over 90% of the people in this country support labeling, so its only a matter of time before the GMO companies and their allies lose.

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