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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‘Dark Act’ Won’t Truly Label GMO’s – Food & Agriculture Consultant

Source: RTAmerica
August 3, 2016

Critics have branded the new law requiring the labeling of GMO products the DARK Act, short for “Denying Americans the Right to Know,” arguing that it allows companies to use QR codes or 1-800 numbers as a form of labeling, forcing consumers to scan the code or make a call to get more information. Independent food and agriculture consultant Elizabeth Kucinich joins RT America’s Lindsay France to discuss the law, which she claims “won’t truly label GMO’s.”

Congress Approves Monsanto DARK Act 2.0, Destroying Consumers’ Chances Of Having On-Package Labels

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L.J. Devon
July 20, 2016

With bipartisan support in Congress, Monsanto’s Dark Act 2.0 is on the verge of becoming federal law, destroying consumers’ chances of having real, on-package labels for GMOs. This fraudulent GMO labeling law would allow big food companies to hide information on GMOs by embedding that information in QR codes. This covert method of labeling would discriminate against countless low income families, seniors and the disabled. If you don’t own a Smartphone, you won’t have the means to scan products on store shelves and get any information on whether or not the product contains GMOs.

The biotech industry’s next covert act of deception and control is upon us

The state of Vermont recently passed a much more honest food transparency law, requiring companies to come clean about GMOs directly on package labeling. The new federal law, however, would completely override Vermont’s food transparency law, reversing the progress the state has already made. Any other state food transparency laws will also be shut down. Under the federal government’s sham GMO labeling law, the un-elected and unaccountable bureaucracy of the USDA will take charge and make all the rules for GMO disclosure in covert QR codes and 1-800 numbers.

This means that Monsanto and the rest of the biotech cartel will now have direct access to writing their own rules for what passes as a GMO. Networking their way into positions within the USDA, the biotech industry will have a golden opportunity to hijack the entire information process on biotechnology going out to the public. If a food product contains refined sugar obtained from GMO sugar beets, for example, the QR code for that package can lead consumers to believe that the product is GMO free, because the ingredient isn’t directly a GMO – it’s a refined version of one. The same tricks would apply to GM soy products. If a product contained soybean oil, the QR code would lead consumers to believe that the refined product was non-GMO and natural, even though the product is made from genetically modified soy, sprayed heavily with carcinogenic glyphosate.

Using these deceptive tactics, the biotech industry can work through the USDA to completely hoodwink the public about what a GMO is, concealing the presence of transgenic material in food products across the board. The law also holds no company accountable. There are no penalties for companies who don’t comply, so the QR codes will be nothing but a jungle of misinformation and deception.

The biotech industry is losing and they know it

This sham GMO labeling bill is a sign that Monsanto and the biotech controllers are desperate. They want the people to believe in their chemical and genetic experiments, but this shameful law and these covert tactics only permit perpetual poisoning of the populace through continued spraying of herbicides on crops and continued coating of pesticides on seeds.

Consumers are rejecting all this and the biotech industry knows it. Belief in their products is falling. Studies show that over 40 percent of American consumers are avoiding or reducing GMOs in their diets – and that’s without labels to help navigate the change! In 2014, there was an $8 billion increase in sales of non-GMO certified products. Every year, there are 2,000 or more new non-GMO products hitting store shelves in the U.S. Organic food has seen double digit growth for several years now, as consumers reject chemicals and synthetic food ingredients.

If President Obama wanted to prove to Americans that he isn’t a charlatan on the issue of food transparency, then he would veto this bill and urge Americans to demand honest and real food labels from their elected representatives.

Sign this petition to ask President Obama to veto the bill. If the government fails us yet again, prepare to take the fight for clean food to a whole new level. We must reject being their experimental rats. We must reject the poisonous chemicals they put in our foods!

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