Skip to comments.Wa state sued to reveal opponents of GMO initiative
Posted on 10/20/2013 5:39:55 PM PDT by djf
Initiative 522 in Washington state gets voted on in the general election in November.
It would require MOST items sold in supermarkets to plainly label "May contain GMO products".
Opposition has been fierce, as it was in California when a similar initiative was proposed - and lost out.
The anti-disclosure people set up a PAC to front the advertising campaign, and refused to say who was what, so a lawsuit was filed.
The PAC lost the suit - and was forced to tell who had contributed what.
So here you go, folks - These are the businesses who don't want you to know what is in your food, and the amounts contributed:
PepsiCo, Inc. $1,620,899
Nestle USA Inc. $1,052,743
The Coca-Cola Company $1,047,332
General Mills Inc. $598,819
ConAgra Foods $285,281
Campbell Soup Company $265,140
The Hershey Company $248,305
The J.M. Smucker Company $241,091
Kellogg Company $221,852
Mondelez Global LLC $144,895
Flowers Foods Inc. $141,288
Abbott Nutrition $127,459
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC $120,846
Dean Foods Company $120,245
McCormick & Company Inc $102,208
Land OLakes, Inc. $99,803
Cargill Inc. $98,601
The Hillshire Brands Company $97,398
Bunge North America, Inc. $94,993
Bimbo Bakeries USA $94,693
Del Monte Foods Company $86,576
Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. $55,313
Hormel Foods Corporation $52,908
Bumble Bee Foods LLC $36,073
Welch Foods, Inc. $28,859
Shearers Foods, Inc. $25,251
Rich Products Corporation $24,049
Clement Pappas & Company Inc. $21,043
Sunny Delight Beverages Company $21,043
Bush Brothers & Company $16,233
Knouse Foods Cooperative Inc. $14,429
The Clorox Company $12,024
Bruce Foods Corporation $3,006
Moody Dunbar Inc. $1,804
Now 522 may be flawed. But in my mind, it's a start and can be fine-tuned. One of the anti commercials calls it "pointless..."
It's "pointless" that you know what's in your food? POINTLESS????
HOW DARE THEY SAY THAT!!!
Anyways, just my 2 cents...
A major problem that needs to be resolved, likely with a constitutional amendment, is that while corporation do merit having rights, these rights are granted by government; unlike the civil rights of people that naturally exist.
Therefore, if government wishes to exclude corporations and ngo’s from being able to give campaign money, it can do so.
The end result will be that states will still charter corporations, but the federal government will afford corporations rights so that they cannot be abused by the states. (Which was the original intent of corporate civil rights in Lincoln’s time.)
Anyone stop to think that everything is genetically modified? Is cross breeding a soybean plant with another which shows better resistance to drought evil?
The CSPI is behind this. The end result is more regulation, more cost to label which will get passed on to guess who?
I think it would be safe to assume that anything with corn or soybeans in it is GMO derived.
522 is "throw out the baby with the bathwater" shotgun legislation that does way more damage than it will ever do good. I'm agin it.
Oh, and a Washington ping while I'm at it ;')
CA requires that every store that sells any known carcinogen post a sign stating that fact (Prop 65). So every store that sells anything at all posted the sign, and we are none the better informed for it.
So every food package will state that it MAY contain GMO, and that will be that.
Surely you don’t think that Pepsi will conduct gene sequencing on all the ingredients for every batch? That’s the only way to tell if your sugar or corn starch or chocolate came from a modified organism, and sequencing is not cheap.
That’s what I was thinking too. It will end up like those “may cause cancer in California” labels. I got a kick out of a notice in the local rag about a meeting of the anti-gmo types at the local vegan restaurant. The owner of the restaurant was holding the event because “people need to know what they are eating”. Restaurants will NOT be required to label their dishes for GMO contents!
It’s going to cost Bruce more than that to re-do their labels - looks like smart money on their part. They probably ought to consider pulling out of the state if this passes.
Will certified organic produce growers have to label their products as having been fertilized with animal shit?
Did anyone sue to get the names of the groups supporting I-522?
The only comparison I can think of is this.
Do you think it is a good idea for the FDA to require food manufacturers to put labels/references on products that contain peanuts, peanut oil, or peanut flour?
Many people might called that a “useless” regulation... but NO ONE who has a peanut allergy would say that.
Will it save lives?
Hard to say.
Did prices skyrocket when producers started labeling peanut containing items?
Not that I recall.
“Did anyone sue to get the names of the groups supporting I-522?”
They are totally benevolent. No self interest on that side.
There is a direct correlation with what I saw in the forest products industry and FSC (a European forest “certification” program. Decimated the small tree farmer)
God d*mn euro treet huggers at it now on farms.
Initiative 522 in Washington state gets voted on in the general election in November. It would require MOST items sold in supermarkets to plainly label "May contain GMO products"... So here you go, folks - These are the businesses who don't want you to know what is in your food, and the amounts contributed...GMO, yeah, that's really scary. Malnutrition? Starvation? Obamacare? Even moreso. Tinfoil hat brigade ping.
Euro scum who have infiltrated academia and Seattle limousine liberals.
Initiative Measure No. 522 is about the labeling of genetically-engineered food.
According to my voter’s pamphlet, the measure defines “genetically engineered” to mean “changes to genetic materials produced through techniques that directly insert DNA or RNA into organisms or that use cell fusion techniques to overcome natural barriers to cell multiplication or recombination.”
We’re not talking about cross breeding / genetic modification here. The measure deals with genetic-engineering.
GMO, yeah, that’s really scary. Malnutrition? Starvation? Obamacare? Even moreso. Tinfoil hat brigade ping.
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