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U.S. GMO Crop Companies Double Down on Anti-Labeling Efforts


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, food, genetic engineering, GMOs, health, humans, protection, Sustainabililty, world, Monsanto, Dow )

Kathy
- 394 days ago - reuters.com
One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat attempts to



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Kathy B. (105)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 4:23 pm
One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods.

"We are not going to sit down for that (labeling)," Cathleen Enright, spokeswoman for the effort, said in an interview. “We want people to know how their food is grown ... we support a right to know. It is the mechanism that we can’t abide.”

Monsanto Co., Dow Chemical and other GMO crop backers last summer kicked off an interactive website, called GMO Answers, as the centerpiece of a broad effort to win over consumers. A speakers' tour and social media advertising are part of the effort.

The group has committed to spending millions more annually for several more years on this campaign, said Enright. She would not provide specifics on the campaign spending.

The money spent on the marketing campaign comes alongside more than $80 million spent since 2012 by the biotech and food industries to defeat mandatory labeling at the state and federal levels, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group.

The companies spent $9 million lobbying Congress in the first quarter of 2014 alone, the report said. (here)

Despite the efforts, the industry still is fighting an uphill battle, Enright said. Consumers and lawmakers who fear the crops are unsafe and/or environmentally harmful are seeking mandatory labeling of GMO foods in many states and at the federal level. Oregon has placed GMO labeling on its November ballot, and Colorado citizens are gathering signatures for a similar ballot initiative.

Still, Enright said, the GMO Answers campaign has made notable progress in combating consumer fears, with executives from Monsanto, Dow, DuPont and others fielding more than 600 questions from the public through the website's online forum.

One point the companies are pushing is what they say is a consensus in the scientific community on the safety of their products, said Enright. Many international scientists dispute that such a consensus exists, but the industry says studies showing concerns are not valid.

The group has tracked media reports about GMOs since the campaign began and has seen "measurable change," Enright said. "We’ve seen the positive tone ... increase. That tells us we are having an impact.”

Scott Faber, executive director of Just Label It, which supports mandatory GMO food labeling, said the industry efforts are falling short. In May, Vermont became the first U.S. state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling law, one that requires no trigger before it takes effect July 1, 2016.

"They are losing," Faber said. "After this explosion of anti-GMO labeling lobbying.. (they) have so little to show for their efforts."
 

Patrick Donovan (333)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 4:37 pm
Thank you for the article.
 

Rose Becke (293)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 11:10 pm
Thanks Kathy
 

Catman P. (960)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 2:02 am
ty
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 9:06 am
Thank you Kathy.
 

Kathryn M. (106)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 11:49 am
I guess we get to double-down, too. Some days I am tired!
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 4:26 pm
Noted. It is time our government starts looking out for our right to know what is in our food. By denying us the right to know makes it look like corruption is involved.
 

Eternal Gardener (749)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 5:09 pm
It only shows how desperate they are in hiding the truth in their "frankenfood" swindel!
 

Julie W. (27)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 7:06 pm
"The money spent on the marketing campaign comes alongside more than $80 million spent since 2012 by the biotech and food industries".

Just shows how high their profits are if they can afford so much money to defeat this campaign.


















 

Kathy B. (105)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 7:31 pm
Taking Julie's comment a step further, they say GMOs are necessary to feed our growing population, think of how many hungry people $80 million could feed. Hypocrites much?
 

Anne F. (17)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 11:00 pm
People in Oregon and Colorado will get to vote for labelling.
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (43)
Friday August 1, 2014, 1:31 am
Thank you Kathy for posting.
 

A F. (129)
Friday August 1, 2014, 2:15 am
Noted, thank you. Just say no to GMO! Just say no to Monsanto!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 1, 2014, 5:08 am
Noted.
 

Birgit W. (153)
Friday August 1, 2014, 1:37 pm
This is criminal behaviour, but our government works for and with Monsanto. Shame!
 

Krista Away Slavin (215)
Friday August 1, 2014, 5:30 pm
Noted. I am against GMOs and want food labeled.
 

. (0)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 5:51 am


 

Roger Neumann (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 7:40 pm
It is not just the gmo crops but all the toxic Agent Orange like combo of Monsanto's 2,4.d and Roundup which not only kills the weeds but the soil microorganisms depleting the soil reducing the nutrients plants need.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 7:46 pm
Why are only Genetically Engineered Crops being targeted? They have been grown outdoors in the environment and dominant part of the food supply for twenty years during which time cancer rates have dropped, the use of pesticides has dropped, and no unusual effects have been observed in either the environment or the population. Meanwhile, crops that are developed through mutagenesis either by chemical means or by irradiation are neither labeled or regulated. The current fad of anti-GMO hysteria is just another wave of anti-technology paranoia maintained by a poorly educated public for the benefit of those elites who stand to profit the most from the anti-GMO agenda.
 

Sen Senz (91)
Thursday May 28, 2015, 6:20 am
No. Its not anti technology. Its because of this: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs. And thats not even all.
 
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