Jun 18, 2014

All Organic Food Companies are Not Alike! Boycott In Progress…

“Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)

According to the GMA website (above), GMA represents the “Makers of the World’s Favorite Food, Beverage and Consumer Products,” serving as “the voice of more than 300 businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry and closely related fields.”
Yet, some of the largest corporations in the GMA are not what consumers would define as food and beverage suppliers. Rather, they are companies with deep interests in genetically modified products used to create foods and beverages for consumption by humans and animals.
Organic & Natural ‘Traitor Brand’ Boycott
Boycott the organic and “natural” brands whose parent companies, all members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), donated millions to defeat the Prop 37 (CA) and I-522 (WA) state ballot initiatives to label GMOs.”

Greetings, readers! Dr. Mercola and I do not agree on some topics but this one is red hot and I felt compelled to share this information. Here is an excerpt from his article today:

GMA Sues to Overturn Vermont’s New GMO Labeling Law

The Grocery Manufacturers Association of America (GMA) consists primarily of pesticide producers and junk food manufacturers who are downright ruthless in their efforts to ensure subsidized, genetically engineered and chemical-dependent, highly processed junk food remains the status quo.
Most recently, the GMA has shown its true colors by suing Vermont5, 6 in an effort to overturn H.112—the first no-strings-attached GMO labeling in the US.
The bill was passed by an overwhelming margin,7 and Governor Peter Shumlin signed the historic bill into law on May 8. The law will require food manufacturers to label genetically engineered (GE) foods sold in Vermont, and prohibits them from labeling foods with GE ingredients as “natural” or “all natural.”
The GMA’s lawsuit claims that their members are going to end hunger with their pesticide-laden GMOs, but we already know that the problem with hunger is not production, it’s distribution. There’s more than enough food to go around; it’s just poorly distributed.
So their worldwide rescue plan is to fatten up the developing world on high fructose corn syrup from GE corn, sugar from GE sugar beets, and trans fats from GE soybean oil or GE cottonseed oil – what a gigantic lie!

Largest Boycott EVER, Now in Progress!

Joining the Grocery Manufacturers Association of America in this lawsuit against Vermont are the Snack Food Association (SFA), International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). These are deep pockets, my friends! On June 12, Organic Consumers Association’s National Director, Ronnie Cummins responded to the news by calling for a nationwide boycott of ALL GMA member brands and products, saying:10
“Today’s move by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to prevent Vermont from requiring food companies to disclose the truth about what they put in the billions of dollars’ worth of food they sell to consumers is a desperate attempt to protect corporate shareholder profits at the expense of consumers’ rights and health.
More than 60 other countries have either banned GMOs, or require mandatory labeling of foods that contain them. Consumers in the U.S. have every reasonable right to the same information that consumers in other countries have about foods and ingredients that have not been subjected to independent, pre-market safety testing.
Beyond the truth and transparency in labeling issue, every U.S. citizen should be concerned when a multi-billion dollar corporate lobbying group sues in federal court to overturn a state’s right to govern for the health and safety of its citizens… The GMA’s membership includes more than 300 companies in the business of selling junk food, pesticides and drugs.
The OCA today calls on consumers to boycott the products sold by all of those companies, including the organic and natural brands whose parent companies are members of the GMA. We also call on consumers to support those companies that demonstrate solidarity with consumers by withdrawing their membership support from the trade association. Marketing statistics show that boycotts impact sales, and that this is the best way for consumers to influence corporate decision-makers.”

I suggest you read the entire article here:
Dis-Honest Tea CEO in Hot Water? Why Organic Brands Must Dissociate Themselves from Junk Food Industry

And here is a comprehensive list of those companies who support non-labeling of GMO foods (all GMA members). I was surprised by some… Starbucks (a big player!) and Tazo tea for starters. Dole is listed—I sometimes buy their frozen fruits. And it’s not just food manufacturers who support this insidious plan. Further down the list is the Target Corporation. GMA is far-reaching in its efforts.

The Boycott List Infographic

Who are the cunning corporations behind GMA’s scheme to defeat GMO labeling? Find out here: “The Boycott List.” Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our website for the high-resolution version.

Who are the cunning corporations behind GMA's scheme to defeat GMO labeling? Find out here: "The Boycott List." Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our website for the high-resolution version.

Healthy trails,

3 responses to “All Organic Food Companies are Not Alike! Boycott In Progress…”

  1. It's got to the stage here where I pretty much don't buy stuff with lables / brands. I mostly buy whole food staples (mostly have one ingredient) and fruit / veg or we pick it from the garden. That's a pretty good way of avoiding the problem!!

  2. ~ joey ~ says:

    I don't like to support any company that is not producing healthy food so we buy from our local farmers (who don't spray), health food stores that carry bulk organic whole foods like beans and rice and we grow as much as we can. I was relieved to see that we don't buy any products from the companies on the boycott list. Thanks for making us all aware!

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