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Grocery Manufacturers Disclose Big Donors to Anti-GMO Labeling Campaign in Washington

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association on Friday revealed that PepsiCo, Nestle USA and Coca-Cola each gave hidden donations of more than $1 million to the campaign against a Washington initiative that would require the labeling of genetically engineered fo

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Syd H (48)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 8:45 am

And this is why I do not buy anything from these companies! Not one more penny of mine is gong to be used against me.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 10:01 am
I'm with you, Syd - and before we all get discouraged, we should remember how many big money groups donated to defeat Obama in the last election - money talks but sometimes, people just don't hear it.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 10:59 am
Thank you for the important news! Now we need petitions to the government demanding labeling, and petitions to the companies telling them to stop pressuring the government to block GMO labeling.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 12:04 pm
Maybe they donated funds because they considered real scientific facts and evidence instead of doomsday maybe's, could be's, possibly's based on pure speculation?

Sue L (63)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 12:12 pm
The association released a statement saying it made its disclosures "in the spirit of continuing cooperation" and to "allow the campaign to focus on the important issues related to the I-522 ballot proposal itself, and to put an end to unnecessary distraction and speculation about sources and amounts of funding."

I would hardly characterize wanting to know who is opposed to this measure an unnecessary distraction!

Pogle S (88)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 12:13 pm

Pogle S (88)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 12:18 pm
Ooh Sue they are corporate junkies! Why wouldn't you want to know who is against telling the truth? Only people with plenty to hide!

. (0)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 12:37 pm
Grow your own food.

Kathy B (106)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 1:05 pm
Barbara, what can you possibly have against labeling food?

And do please send us the multiple studies that have been done on humans that show genetically modified foods to be safe.

Please do not feed us that line that we've been eating it for years and it hasn't been proven harmful. We won't know the harm it might cause for several generations because we are the test subjects, yet there are no studies and tracking is not being done.

I say, if you want to eat it, fine that's your choice, but you have no right to belittle the rest of us because we chose not to.

Dotti L (85)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 1:29 pm
And I live in Washington state. Every other commercial on T.V. in regarding this labeling. My vote will definitely be a YES vote.

Donna G (42)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 1:42 pm
I have received maybe four No on I-522 mailers; possibly more. But, I have only receive one mailer for Yes on I-522. I just don't understand why people are against labeling foods. Some companies have already started doing this voluntarily. Consumers have a right to know. Once the information is presented to them, they can still choose to buy foods made with GMOs. It's kind of like the warning labels on tobacco products. I know people who still smoke no matter what is printed on those labels.

Barbara V (51)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 1:58 pm
For no other reason, I bet, than money. Money talks, and then reality will bite. I can't imagine how anyone could do such a thing unless megabucks are dangled under their noses. Money certainly dehumanizes humans.

Barbara V (51)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:04 pm
Kathy B.--I hope you didn't mean ME. I am definitely FOR labeling, and you are absolutely right. I am extremely anti-Monsanto. It's my guess that Monsanto doesn't want to label because they know there are the smart ones out there who won't buy their GM-modified garbage. That would cut their profits. They have plenty to hide, and they don't want to be exposed or threatened while they destroy us, animals, and the earth. We simply MUST continue to fight them.

Debra G (0)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:33 pm
Just filled out my ballot. Yes on I-522!

Kathy B (106)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:41 pm
No, Barbara V, I certainly didn't mean you. My comment was directed at Barbara D.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 3:24 pm

John D (48)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 6:34 pm
So what else is new?

Carlton Ward (55)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 6:45 pm
I believe we should follow in the footsteps of 62 other countries that have banned Monsanto completely but at least this is a start. Also the fact that the Monsanto Protection Act was just dropped as part of the recent negotiations is a sign that government is heeding what We the People want in regards to GMOs/MonSatan is a most welcome sign.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 7:59 pm
We need to fight this in every sate, So far Al. Reps are backing GMO.s we are a sad Reub. state

Lloyd H (46)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 8:02 pm
I live in Tacoma, WA and will definitely be voting against 522. Aside from the fact that just as with every other State with Campaign disclosure laws the suit brought by the WA AG would not survive the US SCOTUS, none of the others have in MT and else where. I have two real big problems with 522. There is absolutely no scientific evidence that any GMO is of the slightest proven danger to humans or animals. Second why do 60% of the foods that might, can or could contain GMO ingredients get exemptions from labeling. Why are beer and other alcohols exempt. If the GMOs are so dangerous why are they perfectly acceptable for all pet foods.
So aside from the problem that 522 solves a problem that does not exist at substantial cost why does it have more holes in it than Swiss Cheese.

Roger G (154)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 8:07 pm
noted, thanks

Katie & Bill D (107)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 8:23 pm
This list was very hard to read but I will enlarge it and carry it. We will Not patronize any on the list!!
Now we know who is trying to kill us all for the $$$$.
Thank You Kathy

Karen Chestney (112)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9:15 pm
Thanks.....this is a big issue. Knowing WHO backs the "NO" vote & how much $$$$$ is behind it should tell you something. Like....Vote YES.

Ondine J (134)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 10:31 pm
We have a right to choose the foods we eat, and I certainly feel transparent labelling is vital.

Syd H (48)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 4:09 am

Lloyd H, at what cost is there to labeling food and why should we not have the right to know what is in the food being sold to us?

Sadly the big dollar propaganda seems to work. :(


Debra Tate (17)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 7:15 am
Time to boycott all the companies on that list!

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 7:18 am
Time to boycott all companies on that list!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:47 am
Kathy B, easy does it, hon! First of all, I didn't belittle anyone, I commended the food producers for making a wise choice. So very sorry that you felt the need to take my comment personally.
Better idea. Produce one study, one bit of evidence, one expert scientific opinion, that GMOs are harmful.
I didn't say I was against labeling, but now that you mention it I am. What a colossal waste to achieve absolutely no benefit.
Non-GMO foodstuffs ARE already labeled as *NON-GMO*. Simply read the labels! Will labeling 10,000 GMO products make it any easier to find your 1 Non-GMO product?
Just ask a store clerk if they stock non-GMOs and where to find them. Good luck! Since about 80% of American foods contain GMOs or GMO produced ingredients you won't have much of a selection. You really need to do a lot of research ~ many ingredients that are GMO produced are classified as *production aids* or *supplements* rather than *foodstuffs*. Yep, the ascorbic acid and thiamine and niacin in your fortified foods ate GMO products. The fillers used in prescription and OTC medications are GMO products. In fact, many of the drugs themselves are produced by GMO. Lecithin, guar gum, thickeners, yeast ~ all GMOs.
If I'm wrong, I'll be dead soon enough. But I'm not about to waste the time I have left avoiding every morsel of food, every substance and product that some organization with a vested interest, or an Internet website guru *doctor* who's actually a chiropractor with no expertise, or a nutritionist with no medical qualifications, tries to tell me *might possibly* harm me with not one word of legitimate facts or information or evidence.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:18 pm
Of course everyone has a right to eat how they choose...that is exactly the point. We should all have the right to choose and know what is in our food. Only people who care to know will read the labels, others will not, but we should have that opportunity.

Syd H (48)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:30 pm

Um yeah, if other ingredients need to be disclosed such as salt, sugar, etc., then why is it they get to hide GMO ingredients?

Why is that non-gmo ingredients now have to not only go through a certification process but have to pay for it which adds to the cost making them not as affordable?

There is no costs involved in labeling. A product either has it or not. If they can make boxes in Icelandic for a small population not even the size of the city of Portland who does not all eat Cheerios, then they can put "GMO" on a label too. The labels change all the time anyone for this promotion or that.

And no one is being forced to read the label, but some people think others do not have the right to read what should be on the label.


Kathleen R (138)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:10 pm
Thanks so much for posting the list of companies. I shall not be buying any of their products.

Kathy B (106)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:26 pm
Barbara D. I'll forgive you for being uninformed about all the consequences of genetically modified food. If really don't see the need to research it, so be it.

But you see, I care deeply about the environment and the health of future generations and GMOs threaten both of them.

Just a few of the ways they're affecting the environment is the vast mono-cropped industrial agriculture fields which depletes the soil and which the application of Round-up depletes even further. And of course you know about the dead zones caused by farm run off from chemical farming? Our crop biodiversity is also suffering because the agro-chemical corporations own most of the seed companies and are allowed to patent seeds. Birds & pollinator species are suffering great loses from chemical enabled farming. And thanks to cross-contamination and pollen drift there is actually very little truly GMO free food in America.

Those 'few' ingredients that might contain GMOs are actually 75 to 80% of conventional processed foods in America.

It may be shocking for you to learn that I can read and understand scientific papers and that very little of my concerns about GMOs come from "website guru *doctor* who's actually a chiropractor". The Genetic Engineering Complex has not been entirely successful in silencing the science against them. Dr. Don Huber and Professor Serelini are just 2 who have made discoveries regarding GMOs.


Syd H (48)
Monday October 21, 2013, 12:28 pm

Kathy you did mention the creation of Superweeds and Superpests who have develop immunity to the Monsanto products because of GMOs.



Syd H (48)
Monday October 21, 2013, 12:29 pm

That should be "did not" but at least mention was made about the other side effect of GMOs which we would not have to deal with if not for the patented money crops of Monsanto & friends.

Kathy B (106)
Monday October 21, 2013, 4:25 pm
Thank you Syd for bringing up my omission, it's something I automatically include - at least in my mind - when I think of the environmental concerns surrounding GMOs. But most people aren't good at mind reading :)
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