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Consumers Give “Traitor” Brands a Piece of Their Mind

  • By Organic Consumers Association
    January 10, 2013

On Nov. 15, the OCA launched a boycott of the “Traitor” brands – organic and natural brands whose parent companies contributed millions to defeat Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

Ever since, consumers have been flocking to the Traitor brands’ facebook pages to voice their complaints. Here’s a small sampling of consumer comments:

Muir Glen - General Mills

I HAVE DISCONTINUED USING YOUR PRODUCTS BECAUSE YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THE CONSUMERS RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN THEIR FOOD. I WILL DISCONTINUE USE OF YOUR PRODUCTS AND TELL EVERYONE I KNOW THAT MUIR GLEN-GENERAL MILLS SUPPORTS NON-GMO LABELING UNTIL YOU PUBLICLY AND FINANCIALLY SUPPORT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW(GMO LABELING).
--Sam Townsend

I will work at making our planet a better place to live by supporting companies that label GMO and passing along the information about this issue. Sadly you do not choose to support GMO labeling and in fact, spent a fortune to fight against it. We choose to no longer purchase your products.
--Coemella Cronin

I will support Muir Glen brands when they decide to publicly and financially support our right to know about GMOs. Shame on Muir Glen and all the other companies who donated millions to defeat Prop 37 in California. Our health is more important than their bottom lines!
-- Susan Gilkey-Priest

Unfortunately, the parent company of Muir Glen, General Mills, donated over a million dollars to defeat Prop 37 in California which, if passed, would have given people the right to know if GMO's were in their food. SHAMEFUL!!!
-- Terry David

Naked Juice - Pepsi

thank you for waning me about the GMO's in this...I was just going to buy some for my son who has asthma. He needs more veggies in his diet and I thought this would be great until i read all this....thanks for the waning......
--Donna DeLella Forte

It came as no surprise that a company like PepsiCo donated $2.5 million to defeat Proposition 37, the California Right to Know ballot initiative to label GMOs. But many consumers were surprised to learn that PepsiCo owns some of their favorite organic and "natural" brands, including Naked Juice, Tostitos, Tropicana, Tazo, Loóza, Izze, Sabra, Smartfood, Stacy's, Mother's and Near East.
-- Sylvan Feenstra

Well, well, well. For a company under the cloud of a lawsuit, you are certainly sticking to your guns aren't you? If you lose, I hope you remember lying in an age of internet access is a really stupid thing to do. If the claims are true, it would explain why your parent company is spending so much money to defeat the HONEST labelling of GMO's. Note I am in Australia and we are not impressed here either!!
-- Dory Fish

I'll buy Naked Juices again when PepsiCo stops blocking my access to information about the food I buy and starts supporting efforts to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. If you want to poison yourself with GMOs, I suppose you can go ahead and do that, buy why insist that I - or anyone else - can't even knowledgeably make that choice?
-- Harry Browne

Honest Tea - Coca-Cola

Thanks for being so honest and helping to make sure we have a right to know about GMO's !! Way to go coca-cola!!
-- Kristen Powers

So about Honest Tea being owned by a company that PAID millions of dollars to STOP GMO labeling? Coca Cola spent well over 1.7 Million dollars to try and stop GMO labeling in California. I do believe that this is one of the best reasons to boycott this and all Coca-Cola subsidiaries.
-- Kei Graves

I felt the same way! I felt I had found the answer to the "juice box craze" and was happily spending the extra $$ on the Honesty Juice Boxes... Now I have to find a brand that supports my right to KNOW WHAT IS IN MY FOODS! Coca-cola & "Honest" Tea will not see any more of my grocery $$ until they support 100% non-GMO products & proper labeling!
-- Erin Catherine Haughton

Just to know I have stopped buying your tea since learning that you opposed labeling of GMO ingredients. I once was a steady customer.
-- Esther Frances

Kashi – Kellogg’s

i made a resolution to stop supporting the companies that funded the anti-GMO labeling campaign. No more Kashi for me.
-- Heather Coupon

Kashi opposed GMO labeling? Oh no, I hope not. I love Kashi products & would hate to give them up. I am a proponent of non GMO & signed a petition! We need to know what's going in to our foods.
-- Devini Henry

I can't wait for the year that Kashi actually has natural products, this means NO GMO in products. GMO are NOT natural!
-- Kris Koepke

We'd all be much healthier and happier if companies like yours stopped using GMO ingredients! I am definitely not buying any of your products and telling everyone I know to do likewise.
-- William Allen

all full of GMOs? well, I guess we'll never know since Kashi helped make sure the food labeling prop in CA didn't go through
-- Katrina Suzanne Eowyn Hannemann

So sad that I won't be able to eat Kashi any more. If you get your parent company Kelloggs to stop fighting against labeling GMO's I would be able to support you again.
-- Mike Brilowski

All these years, I feel so betrayed! KASHI, NO GMOs, never again...
-- Jeff Bague

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