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Meet the Corporate Front Groups Fighting to Make Sure You Can't Know What's in Your Food

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What do a former mouthpiece for tobacco and big oil, a corporate-interest PR flack, and the regional director of a Monsanto-funded tort reform group have in common?

 They're all part of the anti-labeling PR team that will soon unleash a massive advertising and PR campaign in California, designed to scare voters into rejecting the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

 In November, California voters will vote 'yes' or 'no' on a law to require mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered ingredients in processed foods, and ban the routine industry practice of mislabeling foods containing genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural.' Polls show that nearly 90 percent of the state's voters plan to vote 'yes.' But when November rolls around, will voter support still be strong? Not if the biotech, agribusiness, and food manufacturers industries can help it.

 It's estimated that the opposition will spend $60 - $100 million to convince voters that genetically engineered foods are perfectly safeii. They'll try to scare voters into believing that labeling will make food more expensive, that it will spark hundreds of lawsuits against small farmers and small businesses, and that it will contribute to world hunger.

 None of this is true. On the contrary, studies suggest just the opposite.

 Here's what is true: The opposition has lined up some heavy-hitters and industry-funded front groups -- masquerading as "grassroots" organizations -- to help spin their anti-labeling propaganda machine. You have the right to know what's in your food. You also have the right to know who is working tirelessly to prevent you from ever having that right - and who is signing their paychecks. Here's a partial lineup of hired guns and organizations behind the anti-labeling advertising blitz soon to hit the California airwaves:


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