U.S. Consumers Organize Massive Boycott Against Food Companies Refusing To Label GMOs

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Ethan A. Huff
August 4, 2016

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is organizing a nationwide boycott of all the companies that have been fighting against legitimate labeling laws for genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), and specifically those that favored the recently-passed S.764 legislation, a faux “labeling” scheme backed by Monsanto that further turns the lights out on labeling transparency.

The bill, which many are now referring to as the Monsanto “DARK” (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act 2.0, was signed into law by Barack Obama on July 29. It nullifies existing state-level labeling laws like those of Vermont that would have mandated printed labels for all food items containing GMOs, and replaces these laws with a nationwide QR barcode system that’s both confusing and discriminatory, not to mention completely ineffective.

Members of the powerful Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which represents some 300 junk food and pesticide companies, helped ensure a victory for S.764, despite tens of thousands of calls and comments of opposition from members of the public. In response, OCA is now calling on all Americans to stand up and say no more, by promising not to buy products from the companies working overtime to keep people in the dark about what they’re eating.

What OCA is asking people to do specifically is to look for the new “Smart Label” QR codes – or what it has dubbed the “Mark of Monsanto” – on food products and, if present, to avoid purchasing those products, as well as any other products sold by that particular brand. Instead, consumers should look for products that bear a Certified Organic and/or Non-GMO Project Verified seal. Of course, the surest way to ensure that your food is truly GMO-free is to grow it yourself.

The only exception to this are healthy and organic “cheater” brands owned by parent companies that have contributed financially or politically to stopping mandatory GMO labeling. The traitor brands that consumers should avoid supporting, followed by their parent company names and financial contributions to fight GMO labeling, include:

• IZZE, Naked Juice, Simply Frito-Lay, Starbucks Frappuccino (PepsiCo: $8.8 million)
• Honest Tea, Odwalla, Keurig / Green Mountain Coffee (Coca-Cola: $5.5 million)
• Gerber Organic, Sweet Leaf Tea (Nestle: $3 million)
• Boca Burgers, Green and Black’s (Kraft / Mondelez: $3.9 million)
• Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Larabar, Muir Glen (General Mills: $3.6 million)
• Alexia, Pam organic cooking sprays (ConAgra Foods: $2.6 million)
• Bear Naked, Gardenburger, Kashi, Morningstar Farms (Kellogg’s: $1.9 million)
• R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organics, Smuckers Organics (Smuckers: $1.5 million)
• Dagoba (Hershey’s: $1.6 million)
• Earthgrains bread (Bimbo Bakeries: $1 million)
• Simply Asia, Thai Kitchen (McCormick: $500,000)
• Applegate Farms (Hormel: $500,000)

OCA calls Obama out for betraying Americans by signing S.764 into law

Ronnie Cummins, international director of OCA, has also called Obama out for failing to deliver on his promise on the campaign trail to label GMOs. He wrote in a scathing indictment:

“Despite hundreds of thousands of signatures, phone calls and emails to the White House, President Obama on Friday, July 29, signed into law S.764, a bill that preempts Vermont’s GMO labeling law. The bill allows corporations to hide information about GMOs behind confusing QR electronic barcodes that more than a third of Americans can’t even read because they don’t have smart phones or reliable internet service.”

“It’s incomprehensible that Obama, who on the campaign trail promised to label GMOs, and who issued an executive order directing Congress not to preempt state laws, succumbed to industry pressure to betrayed [sic] the 90 percent of Americans who want GMOs labeled.”

OCA has also released a smartphone app that will help you identify which brands and products to avoid. It’s called “Buycott,” and it’s available both for the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms.

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Sources for this article include:

CommonDreams.org

Salsa3.SalsaLabs.com

OrganicConsumers.org

DIRTY DEEDS: Leaked Emails Reveal How Clinton Conspired With DNC To Destroy Bernie Sanders, The Only Anti-Monsanto Candidate

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Mike Adams
July 24, 2016

There was only one candidate for president who openly talked about labeling GMOs and dismantling powerful banks and corporations. That candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was targeted for character assassination and reputation destruction by none other than the democratic establishment puppetmasters, new leaked emails show. #DNCleak

A deep, dirty conspiracy between Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz coalesced into a near-criminal plot to destroy the reputation of Sen. Sanders through an astonishing array of dirty deeds intended to obliterate Sanders’ chances of winning the democratic nomination.

“The emails come from the accounts of seven DNC officials,” reports Daily Caller. “…communications director Luis Miranda, national finance director Jordon Kaplan, finance chief of staff Scott Comer, finance director of data and strategic initiatives Daniel Parrish, finance director Allen Zachary, senior advisor Andrew Wright and Northern California Finance Director and the finance director for northern California, Robert Stowe.”

The emails reveal the astonishing sleaze reflected throughout the inner workings of the democrat establishment, where the entire system was “all in for Hillary” long before voters had any opportunity to weigh in on their preferred nominee. In essence, these emails reveal the democrat establishment to be a corrupt, criminal regime of political Gestapo shock troops working solely for the interests of Hillary Clinton, the most seditious, traitorous crook to ever seek the office of president.

Not coincidentally, Hillary Clinton is also an ally of Monsanto and the biotech industry, and Bernie Sanders was openly opposed to Monsanto and the corrupt banksters (to whom Hillary also panders with her corruption). So the Hillary Clinton / DNC destruction machine is actually just an extension of the Monsanto destruction machine which specializes in character assassination and sleaze operations thanks to biotech mercenary scum slingers like Jon Entine, who was allied with Forbes.com to destroy all anti-GMO activists.

Mocking “Jew Bernie” … dirty leaks to the press and other tactics from the DNC

Some of the tactics used by DNC insiders include:

• Mocking “Jew Bernie” and attacking his religious faith. From the DNC CFO Brad Marshall, “It might may (sic) no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist…”

• Leaking dirt on Bernie Sanders to the Wall Street Journal in order to destroy his credibility. Note that this is the DNC deliberately sabotaging a democrat candidate who was wildly popular with progressive voters.

• Creating a series of fake Craigslist ads that appear to be placed by the Trump organization in order to offend women. The ads, dreamed up by DNC sleaze slingers, required applicants to demonstrate “A willingness to evaluate other women’s hotness for the boss’ satisfaction.” The decision on this tactic was a “GO” by the DNC bosses, with staffer Luis Miranda stating, “As long as all the offensive shit is verbatim I’m fine with it.”

• Organizing false flag protests against Donald Trump to create the impression that the protests were spontaneous and popular.

The Monsanto connection

Sen. Sanders has been taking it to Monsanto (the world’s most evil corporation) in a series of tweets and Senate floor actions that expose the despicable agenda of the GMO anti-labeling bill that was just passed by his fellow lawmakers. “People should not need a smartphone in order to get basic information about what is in their food,” Sanders declares in one tweet, echoing the views of Natural News and practically anyone who has pondered the issue of honest food labeling.

In another, more aggressive tweet, Sen. Sanders blasts the Monsanto puppets in the U.S. Senate, saying, “The Stabenow-Roberts GMO “labeling” bill was bought and paid for by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.”

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is a pro-Monsanto biotech shill who will unquestionably use the power of the White House to crush GMO labeling initiatives and push the destructive agenda of Monsanto, the nation’s largest producer and seller of toxic agricultural chemicals that cause devastating harm to health and the environment.

Clinton and the DNC are the political mafia who even destroy their own party’s competing candidates

In effect, Clinton and the DNC have now proven themselves to be nothing less than a political mafia willing to destroy anyone standing in the way of their corruption and quest for more power.

If the democrats had a single iota of ethics and morality left in their party, they would fire Wasserman, reject Clinton and reinstate Sanders as their popular candidate.

Sen. Sanders, by the way, would crush Donald Trump in a general election. Yet Hillary Clinton’s thirst for absolute power is so ravenous and seething that the democrats are essentially willing to risk losing the election to Donald Trump in order to place the most corrupt woman in the history of American politics into a position of totalitarian power (from which she can make good on all her pre-sold promises to foreign interests who paid huge dollars to her slush fund foundation).

All this goes beyond mere politics, by the way. We are witnessing crimes against America being carried out by a corrupt, criminal regime of seditious totalitarian traitors to America. People like Clinton and Wasserman need to be behind bars, not acquiring even more power to destroy anyone who stands in their way.

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No matter what, vote against Hillary Clinton this November

Sadly, the DNC has succeeded in its deep corruption agenda to rig the nomination for Hillary Clinton… at all costs, no matter who they had to destroy along the way through the use of the most despicable sleaze tactics imaginable.

Now, Wasserman and Clinton — two criminals who will hopefully one day share a jail cell together — have left all informed Americans with no choice. We must all vote AGAINST Hillary Clinton this November, no matter what.

It’s not even enough to just stay home and not vote at all, by the way. I realize that’s a common response from people who wanted Bernie Sanders and are now rightfully incensed (betrayed!) that Clinton and the DNC have fraudulently stolen this election from the voters. No, this November, you must do whatever it takes to drag yourself into the voting booths and deliberately vote against Hillary Clinton by voting FOR her opposition. Only by doing that can you nullify a vote from the corrupt Clinton camp of clueless sheeple who have no idea they are electing a totalitarian crook.

Even if you’re not a Donald Trump fan, the criminality, fraud and corruption of the DNC has left us no other way to stop Hillary Clinton. The popular vote is now the last option to keep this deeply corrupted, traitorous villain out of the White House.

In the mean time, we are going to be working on encouraging Trump to support GMO labeling, organic food and natural medicine. Trump is already on the record supporting the LGBTQ community, and he’s already voiced concerns over vaccines. Despite the media’s most determined attempts to destroy Donald Trump, he would actually be far better for protecting the freedoms and interests of everyday people than would Clinton.

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Money-laundering, pro-GMO Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) could be held liable in court case prosecuted by the state of Washington

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Daniel Barker
April 18, 2016

The ongoing legal proceedings in the state of Washington against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) serve to illustrate the depth of corruption and illegal activity to which the pro-GMO movement is willing to stoop while pushing their agenda.

The GMA, a Washington, D.C.-based trade organization closely associated with the GMO industry, has been charged with money-laundering in its campaign against a GMO food labeling initiative launched in Washington in 2013.

Initiative 522, which would have required labels on any foods containing genetically modified ingredients, failed to pass in the November 2013 general election.

Since then, it has been revealed that the GMA hid the identities of big corporations who donated millions to a “defense of brands” account which was used to fund a “No on 522” campaign.

$14 million was contributed to the “defense of brands” account from corporations including PepsiCo (nearly $3 million), Coca-Cola and Nestle (more than $2 million each).

The GMA then transferred $11 million of the contributed money to the “No on 522” campaign.

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has charged the GMA with violating state public disclosure laws.

GMA could face tens of millions of dollars in damages

A ruling against the GMA could result in tens of millions in damages. If the court finds that the organization deliberately concealed corporate donors’ identities, the original damages amount – which is likely to based on the amount of donations involved – could be tripled.

From a Washington Attorney General press release:

Under the law, sanctions for campaign finance disclosure violations can include a penalty equal to the amount not reported as required. If the court finds that the violation was intentional, that penalty amount can be tripled.

In that case, the damages could reach more than $40 million, and it seems that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is eager to seek justice. “We look forward to making our case on intentionality and penalties,” he said, as reported by seattlepi.com.

In March, Thurston County Superior Court judge Anne Hirsch ruled that the GMA was indeed guilty of violating the law but postponed setting damages until it could be proven whether or not the concealment was deliberate.

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American Nurses Association Comment to the FDA: GMOs Aren’t Natural

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Christina Sarich
April 14, 2016

Thousands of comments have been filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since November 12, 2015 for its ‘open comment’ period on the ‘natural’ foods label. Helping to fill up the comments was The American Nurses Association, weighing in on how products containing genetically modified ingredients should not be allowed in any product labeled ‘natural.’

Executive director Debbie D. Hatmaker wrote in the organization’s comments:

“Furthermore, ANA requests that the FDA require clear, appropriate food labeling including the country-of-origin and any genetic modification of any of the food’s ingredients.

The public has a right to know the contents of their food and food products and the manner in which they were processed or modified.”

What is also interesting is the lack of comments by big players in the food industry. The North American Meat Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association joined to request more time to prepare comments and compile information.

Due to public requests, the comment period has been extended to May 10, 2016. You can make your comments, here. PLEASE DO!

You can also comment by mail:

For submissions by mail, use the following address.
Be sure to include docket number FDA-2014-N-1207 on each page of your written comments.
Division of Dockets Management
HFA-305
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

There have already been numerous lawsuits against companies for using the phrase ‘all natural’ on food products containing GMOs. Kashi had to pay $4 million in a false advertising lawsuit put forth in Florida. The lawsuit claimed that Kellogg’s, the parent company for Kashi, advertised an “all natural” (GM-free) product that was, in reality, full of genetically modified ingredients.

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Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.

Another Win! Kellogg’s and Mars to Label GMOs Nationwide

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Christina Sarich
April 2, 2016

First General Mills announced its plans to label GMOs, and now 2 more Big Food companies are following the company’s lead. Both Kellogg’s and Mars will now label many of their products with the words, “produced with genetic engineering” if they contain GMO ingredients, starting in mid-April.

Big Food Finally Bows to Consumer Pressure for GM Labeling

Just as General Mills will be doing, Mars and Kellogg’s are complying with Vermont’s first-in-the-nation mandatory GMO labeling requirements that take effect in July.

Kellogg North America President Paul Norman said the labels will appear nationwide, not just in Vermont:

“…because a special label for Vermont would be costly for us and our consumers.”

Mars made a similar statement:

“In 2014, the state of Vermont passed a mandatory genetically modified (GM) ingredient labeling law that requires most human food products containing GM ingredients to include on-pack labeling as of July 2016. To comply with that law, Mars is introducing clear, on-pack labeling on our products that contain GM ingredients nationwide.”

Though Mars, Kellogg’s, and General Mills have all quoted the cost of labeling as a concern, it is more likely the companies are moved by the huge public outcry against Big Food’s shady tactics regarding food labeling. Consumers Union has said GM labeling will cost individuals less than a penny a person a day.

When you consider that the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, of which all these big corporations are a part, has paid MILLIONS to try to defeat mandatory GM labeling, stooping to fraud even, then of course the claims that cost is the deciding factor to go ahead and finally label is likely pure bunk.

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ConAgra to Label All Products with Genetically Modified Ingredients

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Christina Sarich
March 31, 2016

he list seems to grow daily. The multinational ConAgra now joins General Mills, Mars, and Kellogg’s as a company which will label its products if they contain genetically modified ingredients. With Vermont’s mandatory GM labeling bill going into effect this summer, this is a decision more companies will have to make, and soon.

ConAgra Tweet

This list of new companies willing to label is starting to look like a Who’s Who of the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, the lobbying group recently found guilty of fraud and money laundering in order to prevent the very labels they are now being gently forced to put on their products.

ConAgra, the face behind brands like Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip and Snack Pack, tweeted this news a few days ago.

Surveys have repeatedly revealed that more than 90 percent of Americans want genetically modified (GM) foods labeled, but until days ago Big Food was paying millions to try to keep Americans from even knowing when they were eating genetically modified organisms, known for contributing to a host of health concerns.

ConAgra Foods spent $1,076,700 just to defeat a GMO label initiative in California.

When the company starts to label its foods as genetically modified, will consumers forgive the company for past misdeeds, or is it too late? The brand is tarnished in the minds of many consumers, along with other Big Food companies, like Kellogg’s’ Kashi, which tried to push GM foods on the public while calling the products ‘natural.’ But Kashi’s products are not natural.

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Frankenfood industry now in total panic over Vermont’s tough Genetically Modified Food labeling law; General Mills announces surrender

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Jennifer Lea Reynolds
March 29, 2016

In order to comply with Vermont’s GMO food labeling law set to go into effect in July 2016, General Mills has announced that they’ll begin to label products of theirs which contain genetically modified ingredients. The company’s decision also comes in the wake of the recent Senate vote that struck down the DARK Act’s efforts which would have kept GMO labeling laws at bay and consumers unaware of what they’re feeding their children. That Senate vote took place on a Wednesday; by Friday that same week, General Mills announced their labeling plans.

Yes, indeed, it would appear that the Frankenfood industry is finally shaking in their boots, responding as they should have been all along. As more and more health-conscious Americans are demanding to know what goes in the foods they eat, questionable food practices and the mega industries that churn them out are finally taking action.

It’s taken quite a bit of arm twisting to do something that frankly shouldn’t even be given a second thought, but at least steps are being taken that demonstrate the power of the people when they remain persistent in their right-to-know efforts. Granted, there’s still a long way to go, but it’s refreshing to see companies coming out of the woodwork to keep the health of their customers in mind, rather than only latch on to whether or not it will make them mega bucks.

Details behind General Mills’ decision

On the General Mills website, Jeff Harmening, an executive vice president and chief operating officer for U.S. Retail at General Mills, penned a blog post announcing the company’s GMO-labeling decision.

“I have been eagerly awaiting a resolution of the GMO labeling debate in Washington and am disappointed that a national solution has still not been reached,” Harmening wrote. “As the discussions continue in Washington, one thing is very clear: Vermont state law requires us to start labeling certain grocery store food packages that contain GMO ingredients or face significant fines. We can’t label our products for only one state without significantly driving up costs for our consumers and we simply will not do that. The result: consumers all over the U.S. will soon begin seeing words legislated by the state of Vermont on the labels of many of their favorite General Mills products.”

The remainder of his blog reinforces the idea that a national standard is needed in order to resolve the GMO labeling issue, while also directing consumers to the company website, where they can learn more about “GMO ingredient information for hundreds of our U.S. products, along with reference information.”

Grocery Manufacturers Association not pleased with Vermont’s law or company’s GMO labeling effort, focuses on business expenses over consumer health

However, not everyone is thrilled with the company’s choice. The Grocery Manufacturers Association, for example, seems to have their minds strictly on dollar signs, seeing General Mills’ effort as financially devastating.

The Association, a trade group which includes General Mills and which previously drew negative attention over money laundering, maintains that Vermont’s labeling law has created “serious problems for business,” adding in a statement, “Food companies are being forced to make decisions on how to comply and having to spend millions of dollars. One small state’s law is setting labeling standards for consumers across the country.”

Meanwhile, it’s perfectly fine if it works the other way around, right? In other words, one company can continue providing unhealthy ingredients in their foods, making sure their standards are the norm for consumers across the country. It’s all right to spend millions of dollars to essentially poison Americans with GMO-laden foods but not all right to spend millions of dollars to take steps to undo the damage and help restore people’s health? We fail to see the logic in the Association’s statement.

“This shows that the United States has the capacity to join the 64 other countries that already require GMO labeling,” Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said. “I urge other companies to follow the lead of General Mills and extend this right to their customers nationwide as well.”

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