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Buyer Beware: Corporate Front Groups Come Out in Force to Sink GMO Labeling Initiative


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Roseann
- 2166 days ago - cspinet.org
Who's footing the bill for anti-labeling? They don't want you to know, so they no longer report the names of their funders. But in 1991, the last year they did report funders, the vast majority were corporations - including Monsanto, ICI Agricultural Pr



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Roseann d (178)
Thursday June 21, 2012, 12:38 pm
No sooner had the Secretary of State in California certified the signatures for the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, than the press releases started flying. With biotech industry profits at stake, corporate front groups are springing into action, spinning their storyline about how GMOs are perfectly safe, and labeling “costly and expensive.”
A group called the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) issued a release this week claiming that mandatory GMO labeling is “wholly unnecessary, from either an ‘environmental’ or a health perspective.” Not only have extensive assessments found GM crops to be safe, they point out, but such labeling would be costly to both farmers and food manufacturers, and would mostly likely stir up unjustified fear and confusion among the general public.”
Who’s footing the bill for the ACSH’s work? They don’t want you to know, so they no longer report the names of their funders. But in 1991, the last year they did report funders, the vast majority were corporations – including Monsanto, ICI Agricultural Products, Inc., ISK Biotech Corporation, and Kraft, Inc. And in 1996, Congressional Quarterly's Public Interest Profiles stated that ACSH received more than 75 percent of its funding from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
 

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Thursday June 21, 2012, 12:49 pm
as expected.
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" These companies fight, tooth and nail, against labeling. The fast food industry fought against giving you the calorie information. They fought against telling you if there is trans-fat in your food. The meat packing idustry for years prevented country-of-origin labeling. They fought not to label genetically modified foods; and now 70% of processed food in the supermarket has some genetically modified ingredient. " -- Eric Schlosser in FOOD, Inc. (2008)
+ generally, the're fighting to deliberately keep consumers in the dark as to where food comes from and how it is produced, 'cause IF PEOPLE KNEW, THEY MIGHT NOT WANT TO EAT IT.

 

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Thursday June 21, 2012, 12:51 pm
" Even if you don't eat at a fast food restaurant [or don't buy GM-$hit], you're now eating food that's produced by this system. " -- ibid
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 21, 2012, 12:53 pm
Labeling seems such a reasonable thing to do.
 

Carol H (229)
Thursday June 21, 2012, 3:31 pm
noted, thank you Roseann
 
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