Yesterday, Oct 1, we learned that the Grocery Manufacturers association poured another $5 million in to the “No on I-522” campaign. I-522 is a ballot initiative that has been proposed in Washington State that would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods and seed stocks produced using genetic engineering be labeled when offered for retail sale in Washington.
This move is not surprising, as industry spent more than $46 million in 2012 to oppose a similar measure in California (Proposition 37). What is surprising, and in fact alarming, is that unlike 2012, companies who are members of the GMA are essentially giving anonymously. The GMA has refused to reveal which companies have syphoned money through the association to fight Washington consumers’ right to know if their food contains GMOs.
Even without disclosing who gave what specifically, its safe for us to assume the usual suspects are to blame. General Mills, The Kellogg Company, The Hershey Company, Mars, The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsico, Nestlé, Kraft Foods, Abbott Laboratories, Mead Johnson, and more all dug deep to fund “No on Prop 37” in California. General Mills, maker of Cheerios, is in fact the vice chair of the entire GMA membership body.
Additional members of the GMA include:
- Bumble Bee Foods
- Campbell Soup Company
- Dean Foods
- Del Monte Foods
- Diamond Foods, Inc.
- H.J. Heinz Company
- Land O’Lakes
- McCormick & Company
- Mondelēz International
- Ocean Spray
- Procter & Gamble Company
- Smithfield Foods
- Sunny Delight Beverages
- The J.M. Smucker Co.
- Tree Top, Inc.
GMO Inside is putting pressure on the companies we’ve been calling on for several months to remove GMOs from their food. Please sign our petition to 10 GMA members now!
These companies are not the only ones at fault. If you see any of your favorite brands listed above please visit their Facebook walls and let them know that they should not be funding no on I-522. Even if they have not in fact spent money directly (we don’t know who has spent what), their reputations are on the line and they need to hear from us.
Thanks for taking action with us for a non-GMO food supply! We’re getting closer. While these companies have millions we have common sense on our side. We, like citizens in 64 other countries, have a right to know what we are eating!
Image used with permission of the Yes on 522 campaign.