Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wal-Mart, Pepsi and 20 Major Food Companies Consider Lobbying for GMO Labeling?

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Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

A lot of events are converging to create a tipping point to finally allow the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.

The FDA is likely to approve GM salmon and apples against the people's will. Many big food companies have received massive social media backlash from consumers, particularly parent companies to organic ones that heavily funded campaigns against GMO labeling. For instance, Ben & Jerry's ice cream got shrapnel from some of these "Traitor's Boycotts" because its parent company Unilever funded to prevent labeling. Ben & Jerry's will remove its GM ingredients by the end of 2013.

The funded and questionable failure of California's Proposition 37 has stoked the flames since last September. Consumers have even themselves begun labeling grocery products with a passionate drive to bring awareness to others. Wal-mart got flak last summer for selling unlabeled and possibly dangerous GM sweet corn.

Most recently, Washington state introduced a labeling initiative for the 2013 ballot. Their concern is not only about "right to know" but surrounds fears that unlabeled genetic salmon and apples could seriously damage the economy by getting their exports blocked - especially from countries that require labeled GM food. It is estimated that at least 20 other states are considering labeling initiatives.

This amalgam is perhaps why there is talk of Wal-mart, PepsiCo, ConAgra and at least 20 major food companies possibly switching sides and lobbying for national labeling. It's probably the very least all those companies could do after spending more than $45 million to keep food unlabeled. Gary Hirshberg of Just-Label-It and chairman of Stonyfield organic called it a poor return on their investment, referring to their actions provoking demand instead of squashing it. Too late - money talks both ways, but now they are starting to get it.


Organic Consumers Association (OCA) reported earlier that those companies, the FDA and some advocacy groups met in January behind closed doors at the Meridian Institute, a major discussion hub. It appears that some Fortune 500 companies have now shied away from Monsanto. Consumer activism works.

Ronnie Cummins of OCA warned to keep watch:
We should be wary of any compromise deal at the federal level, one that would preempt the passage of meaningful state GMO labeling laws that have real teeth.
How many of you saw a red flag for a case of Problem-Reaction-Solution or Controlled Opposition? Are they discussing a watered-down solution - a strategic attack? At the very least, they know that they have a problem.

While so many consumers are adamantly opposed to GMOs existing anywhere close to planet Earth, some law makers like Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis simply feel:
I don’t want to hinder any producer of genetically modified goods -- However, I strongly feel that people have the right to know what they are putting into their bodies.
Fighting the presence of GMOs and trying to raise awareness has been an uphill and often unseen battle for over 20 years. Not only have the FDA and USDA failed to help, but they have systematically ushered them in with no safety testing and have covered up studies proving hazards.

At least with consumer awareness reaching critical mass (we vote with our forks and dollars), big companies like Wal-Mart and food giants finally voicing labeling desires is a step in a good direction if they stop selling us out for profits.

Let's continue giving them an uphill battle to win back our patronage - if ever. They don't want to keep shelling out millions to further provoke us if they have to keep doing it repeatedly to their own demise. If they want people's money, they had better listen.

The definitive movie on genetically modified foods - watch Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives for free, limited time only.

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/01/business/food-companies-meet-to-weigh-federal-label-for-gene-engineered-ingredients.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&smid=fb-share

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6 comments:

Deborah said...

How about the Fukushima nuclear stage? It will be 2 years March 11th no one has put a cap on it, no great minds are mind melting to 'TRY' to do something.
Realize also that the entire west coast of the United States is being radiated by Japan. Be aware that fish out of the Pacific should be checked first. Now a Geiger counter is needed just to buy food.

Berry Chastain said...

Deborah,,,,I agree with your concern about Fukushima. But HOW does anybody cover and block that mess. 10 millions tons of concrete dropped from giant helicopters couldn't do the trick.. What happened is a global disaster that is going to have to have a totally different resolution.... I don't know what that is....

Hide Behind said...

In the 1960's through 1970's it was known that many fish were so contalinated by radioactive waste as to be harmfull to human consumption yet the public was not "told" but the info leaked a little at a time to stave off a panic

Waste was of past nuclear energy and munitions and medical research ; Placrd in 55 stell drums filled with waste and cocrete they began to leak within 2 years of date dumped.
Allowable limits were increased until when truth releasd we acceted it without alarm.
Within 6 months from date chosen to initiate destruction of Iraq the background radiation increase on average 15% for all nations to the east including the US GB AND EURO.
Today upon Western coast while there are oner a thousand mnitoring station for rain no news of rains content is coming from official sources.
Thousands of sources,allmost all outside US and Canadian. Borders, have for over 30 years been trying to get their reports of "WHY" TO NOT BUY US FOOD EXPORTS back to the american people.
The reports we do get are not due to "media nd government sources but in spite of them.
No matter labeling or not the genetic modifications will cotinue to grow there are no longer ways possible to feed earths populace without them.
Oh the ones who can afford the extra fees will be able to get organis foods but for those who need to watch not just every dollar but every cent to survive there will be but one choice.
Thete is no nutritional value in the fn gummed on and written upon fn lable.

Anonymous said...

"Saturday, February 2, 2013Wal-Mart, Pepsi and 20 Major Food Companies Consider Lobbying for GMO Labeling?

Image
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

A lot of events are converging to create a tipping point to finally allow the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.

The FDA is likely to approve GM salmon and apples against the people's will. Many big food companies have received massive social media backlash from consumers, particularly parent companies to organic ones that heavily funded campaigns against GMO labeling. For instance, Ben & Jerry's ice cream got shrapnel from some of these "Traitor's Boycotts" because its parent company Unilever funded to prevent labeling. Ben & Jerry's will remove its GM ingredients by the end of 2013.

The funded and questionable failure of California's Proposition 37 has stoked the flames since last September. Consumers have even themselves begun labeling grocery products with a passionate drive to bring awareness to others. Wal-mart got flak last summer for selling unlabeled and possibly dangerous GM sweet corn.

Most recently, Washington state introduced a labeling initiative for the 2013 ballot. Their concern is not only about "right to know" but surrounds fears that unlabeled genetic salmon and apples could seriously damage the economy by getting their exports blocked - especially from countries that require labeled GM food. It is estimated that at least 20 other states are considering labeling initiatives."

The TRUST IS GONE. No matter what any company says at this point, they have consistently proven themselves to be nothing other than greedy, murderous cheats and theives.

This is just another little lie story distraction.

It IS possible to feed the world's population with organic non GMO food. The problem is that those who hold the gold have done everything they can to make it impossible for the people of the world to take care of themselves and grow/ obtain their own food locally. Those genocidal devils who hold the gold want to kill 90 percent of the world's population, and they are well on their way with having murdered 55 million in the USA also since 1973 and actively killing old folks in "hospice care" Satanism.

Fight back as an individual the best you can. Do not shop at these liar big stores and do what you can to only consume decent food, even if you have to sacrifice a little time and money to obtain decent local food.

Anonymous said...

As far as Fukashima is concerned, there is nowhere on the planet that is not affected. Look at how the cowards that run TEPCO react to their citizens, and then ask yourself if the GMO thing isn't being handled in a similar way. Name one government on this planet that is not run by corrupted or compromised, sociopaths.

Anonymous said...

Democide...

It's a fact of history. Our 'civilization' is no different.

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