Sunday, October 27, 2013

Monsanto and DuPont Spent Nearly $9 Million to Defeat GMO Labeling in Washington

Melissa Melton
Activist Post

More than half of the states in this country are currently fighting to mandate GMO labeling; if voters say yes to Initiative 522, Washington could be the first in the nation to force companies to give consumers some sort of clue if what they are eating has been genetically modified.

Now Bloomberg is reporting that Monsanto and DuPont, two of the nation’s largest producers of GMO seeds in the U.S. have given a combined $8.7 million towards I-522's defeat — nearly half of the $18.1 million raised against the labeling initiative so far.

This should come as no surprise, considering the two biotech giants also happened to be the two biggest contributors toward the defeat of California’s similar prop 37 labeling initiative last year. Five million is more than Monsanto has spent lobbying the government thus far this year, which is about $3 million (although the year is not over yet).

Since tossing their millions into the anti-labeling pot, I-522's 45% lead in the polls has dropped dramatically to a depressing 4%.

In addition, Natural News is reporting a whole host of major food labels have financially joined the fight against their customers’ basic right to know what’s in their food, including:
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
  • Campbell Soup Co.
  • Cargill Inc.
  • The Clorox Co. (owner of Burt’s Bees brand)
  • The Coca-Cola Co. (owner of Odwalla)
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Dean Foods Co. (owner of Horizon milk)
  • Del Monte Foods Co.
  • General Mills, Inc. (owned of Larabar)
  • The Hershey Co.
  • The Hillshire Brands Co.
  • Hormel Foods Corp.
  • The J.M. Smucker Co.
  • Kellogg Co. (owner of Pop-Tarts)
  • Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  • Mondelez Global, LLC. (formerly Kraft Foods)
  • Nestle USA, Inc.
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
  • PepsiCo, Inc. (owner of Naked Juice)
  • Sunny Delight Beverages Co.
  • Welch Foods, Inc.
(click here for complete list to boycott)
Why are these food companies so utterly unwilling to just tell their customers what is in the food they are selling? Many of the businesses on this list have also dropped GMO ingredients in Europe because of such strong opposition and labeling laws; but apparently here in the good ‘ol U.S.A., it’s cheaper to just keep putting GMOs in the food and not telling anyone about it.

Why? Because they know they can get away with it here.

Ultimately, these mega food conglomerates know they can save money in the long-run by buying a bunch of anti-labeling propaganda to fool voters to upholding these companies’ ability to keep right on using cheaper (and potentially dangerous) ingredients without admitting it. It’s a financially safer bet to make than not getting involved and possibly losing the GMO labeling fight.

If people actually knew how much of the average American grocery store has been genetically engineered — some estimates say as much as 90% — there might be an uproar leading to a real food revolution where companies would be forced to spend more money using better ingredients in their products.

That’s the only thing that makes any sense; otherwise, why are major biotech companies like Monsanto and DuPont and their major food company customers so blatantly afraid to allow for labeling? So scared that they are willing to shell out millions upon millions of dollars to keep from having to just label already? If these companies are so proud of their wonderful products, shouldn’t they be thrilled to have the ingredients clearly listed for everyone to see?

Why is this even a fight? It’s a basic right we’re talking about here. The argument for labeling GMO doesn’t even have to be health and safety related at this point (even though independent studies — as in the ones not bought and paid for by the very biotech companies that stand to profit from positive results — show a whopping 65 health risks associated with genetically modified foods).

If you buy something you are going to put not just on but into your body, something that could have consequences on your health now or in the future, you have a right to know what’s in it. Period. It’s about being allowed to know what is in your food and the food you feed your family, your children. That way you can make an informed decision about whether or not you actually want to eat that. If you do, fine. If you don’t, however, that should be fine, too.

Either way, the decision should be yours — and right now, it isn’t.

Sadly, we live in a society where people have just grown so accustomed to being forced to do things whether they like it or not.

We’re forced to be treated guilty until proven innocent when we go to an airport and subject ourselves to TSA molestation and radiation just to get on an airplane in this country. The government is about to force us to buy health insurance and buy into the allopathic medicine system (health insurance, by the way, that it helped create with the very pharmaceutical and insurance companies who stand to profit from it in backroom, off-the-record deals).

When it comes to our food, we’re apparently just expected to sit there and swallow it, no matter what “it” actually is. Food packaging and labels change all the time for even pointless aesthetic reasons with little-to-no care for costs. These companies know, and common sense makes it abundantly clear, that adding one little line of printed text to inform consumers that their food has been genetically altered in and of itself will not shave much off the bottom line (if at all). While these companies threaten that prices will go up if the ingredients changed, it’d only be in the short term because if the majority of people in this country actually demanded better food and not nutritionally vapid junk, the price of that better food would actually go down.

The real financial detriment to these companies is people actually being allowed to make an informed decision not to eat something if they don’t want to. If given that choice, these companies ultimately know what everyone should by now — that a lot of people probably won’t want to knowingly eat it.

More people just might begin turning to certified organic, or worse for these mega corporations, we as a nation might begin to reverse the dangerous trend of centralized food, where something like 96% of the entire population is entirely dependent on the other 4% to grow and supply them with their food.

People might start putting their money where their mouth is, literally — voting with their dollars. Boycotting the unpalatable. Forcing accountability. Taking a little bit of their own power back and growing more of their own food. A true movement that could really start to turn things around in the United Corporations of America.

Of course, with a former Monsanto Vice President of Public Policy as our current Food Safety Czar and people oh-so-willing to allow biotech-bought propaganda to do their common sense thinking for them, I guess we really shouldn’t get our hopes up too high.

Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared, and a co-creator of Truthstream Media. Wake the flock up!

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Anonymous said...

If GMO's are so good for us, why doesn't Monsanto and DuPont just label their food truthfully? If we have nothing to worry about then why don't these companies just tell us the truth? Why hide it from us?

Come clean Monsanto, DuPont and fellow food corporations. Tell us what is really in our food, quit hiding the truth. Put all the rumors, innuendo and conspiracy theorists to bed, make them look moronic, stupid and paranoid. Make your research and results public, show us how your modified products are superior to natural products, show us how we humans are so much better off with your product. Quit paying lobbyists to cover up the truth about your GMO products.

You have nothing to hide from your consumers, right?

Hide Behind said...

As a resident of a state where millions are being spent I would like to know how to get some of those millions.
I want to know how many non suit and ties ever got anything but screwed by the guy with the fattened wallet who is smiling as he's patting them on the back.
Anyone outside of media and politics or their 5th estate, advertizing, ever see a penny, let alone a dollar of those millions?
A lobbyis major power lies within the ability to control perceptions by public of their targeted officials
I is just as easy for lobby groups to have their ad agencys destroy a taget as to portray them as good (s/he)'s.
Watching the scene in oly where the stats major mdia managers are mixed right inband feted on the party cicuit just as seated or candidates are cultivated ,
Logbyist remove moral or objectivity of reporters and owners even easier than they bribe canidates.
It is common to see those elected and their cronies say as in Wa Ag and EPA clerks in skirts with clones in ties being plied with food wine song and cheap or free drinks at Oly banquetrooms.
The ones who get the coins are just as slimy as are the share holders of corporate stocks and bods and their chosen CEO's, the upper middle class you find suckng close to any and all power centers.
We the workeing poor get to eat shit while the power suckers go to farmers market for organic and get prepped for when shit rolls down on poor, missing them of course.



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