Here's an excerpt from the January, 2013 edition of PCC's Sound Consumer newsletter. It shows a partial list of giant food companies that gave money to help DEFEAT California's GMO food labeling ballot initiative last November.
Presumably many of these same corporations will also be donating money to defeat Washington's GMO food initiative (I-522) when it comes on the ballot later this year.
Alongside each company is a list of one or more "natural/organic" type food products that they sell:
•PepsiCo (donated $2.5M to defeat Prop 37): Naked Juice
•Kraft (donated $2M): 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, Lara Bar
•ConAgra (donated $1.2M): Alexia
•Kellogg's (donated $791K): Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms, Garden Burger
•Smucker's (donated $555K): R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic
•Unilever (donated $467K): Ben & Jerry's
•Dean Foods (donated $254K): Horizon, Silk, White Wave
—Robert Haverlock, sustainability consultant, Sierra Club Snohomish County chapter
Now, no one should be surprised that big agribusiness companies like Unilever and Coca-Cola would be against GMO labeling. These giants are the ones who stand the most to lose if they have to tell the public what's actually in some of their products.
What IS surprising, though, is how many of these same corporate behemoths are associated with brands that consumers normally associate with progressive food policies.
For each big company in the list, there are one or more natural/organic labels that most PCC shoppers would not expect to be connected with an effort to defeat a progressive food labeling bill.
I mean . . . Ben & Jerry's ice cream?
Trying to stop GMO labeling?
. . . . Really!?
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I would say that Ben & Jerry must be turning over in their graves right now, except that these guys are still very much alive, and were even more alive 12 years ago when "their" company and "their" names were sold to the Unilever Corporation.
See how corporations screw us up?
More on I-522: http://www.labelitwa.org/