GMO Labeling |The Right to Know
Although over 90% of Americans support mandatory GMO Labeling, we are still fighting the battle for the Right to Know. In his campaign in 2007, Obama promised to require GMO labeling. Recently, Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act allowing GMO crops to be sold before they are proven 100% safe.
Yet even if the “Right to Know GMO Labeling” bill does not pass, there are private sectors taking action. Recently Whole Foods announced that they will require GMO labeling to be mandatory by 2018. Hopefully other companies will jump in on the band wagon and insist that all products be GMO labeled.
With California’s proposition 37 “Right to Know GMO Labeling”, there were numerous non-GMO businesses that sat indolently by while their parent companies spent almost $50 million into crushing the initiative. The GMO labeling was introduced to give consumers the freedom of choice between unaltered and GMO products.
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Time to Boycott these Brands | Take Action
I-522 is a Washington State initiative to establish mandatory GMO labeling of foods. It is supposedly on the ballot this November. It will be interesting to find out which companies will give financial support for the initiative.
Companies that sat and watched their parent companies pour in millions to defeat California’s proposition 37 are as follows:
- PepsiCo (Contributed $2.5M): Izze, Looza, Mother’s, Naked Juice, Near East, Sabra, Smartfood, Stacy’s, Tostido’s and Tropicanna.
- Kraft, now called Mondelez (Contributed $2M): Back to Nature & Boca Burgers
- Safeway, a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (Contributed $2M): “O” Organics
- Coca-Cola (Contributed $1.7M): Honest Tea & Odwalla
- General Mills (Contributed $1.2M): Cascadian Farm, Larabar & Muir Glen
- Con-Agra (Contributed $1.2M): Alexia, Lightlife, Hunt’s Organic & Orville Redenbacher’s Organic
- Kellog’s (Contributed $791k): Bear Naked, Gardenburger, Kashi & Morningstar Farms
- Smucker’s (Contributed $555k): R.W. Knudsen & Santa Cruz Organic
- Hershey’s (Contributed $519k): Dagoba
- Unilever (Contributed $467k): Ben & Jerry’s
- Dean Foods (Contributed $254k): Horizon, Silk & White Wave
GMO Labeling | Supporters
- Mercola Health Resources $1,199,000
- Kent Whealy $1,000,000
- Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps $620,883
- Nature’s Path Foods $610,709
- Organic Consumers Fund $605,667
- Ali Partovi $288,975
- Mark Squire $258,000
- Wehah Farm $251,000
- Amy’s Kitchen $200,000
- The Stillonger Trust (Mark Squire, Trustee) $190,000
For further reading: Monsanto Company in Disguise | Monsanto Seeds
Also, if you are in search of Heirloom and organic seeds that are non-GMO seed , here is a great article: Best Heirloom Seeds and Organic Seed Companies
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