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50 Industry Groups Form a New Alliance to Manipulate Public Opinion About Junk Food, GMOs, and Harmful Additives

  • Front Groups Exposed
    50 Industry Groups Form a New Alliance to Manipulate Public Opinion About Junk Food, GMOs, and Harmful Additives
    By Dr. Mercola
    http://www.mercola.com/, May 29, 2013
    Straight to the Source

If you think it's tough sorting truth from industry propaganda and lies, get ready for even tougher times ahead. More than 50 front groups, working on behalf of food and biotechnology trade groups―Monsanto being the most prominent―have formed a new coalition called Alliance to Feed the Future.

The alliance, which is being coordinated by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), was created to "balance the public dialogue" on modern agriculture and large-scale food production and technology, i.e. this group will aim to become the go-to source for "real" information about the junk being sold as "food." 

The groups comprising this new alliance represent multi-national food companies, biotech industry, and chemical companies that generate hundreds of billions of dollars worth of revenue from food related sales every year.

On the upside, this alliance and many other industry-sponsored front groups masquerading as non-profits and consumer protection organizations are becoming increasingly exposed for what they really are, and I will point out several of them in this article.

Michele Simon, JD, MPH, policy consultant with Center for Food Safety recently published a report titled: Best Public Relations Money Can Buy: A Guide to Food Industry Front Groups1 also reveals how the food and agricultural industry hide behind friendly-sounding organizations aimed at fooling the public, policymakers and media alike.

Who's Behind the International Food Additives Council (IFAC)?

The International Food Additives Council (IFAC) is "an international association representing companies that produce high quality substances used worldwide as food ingredients in traditional and organic products." The group is very active in Codex. But how do you know who they are, and who they represent, when it's almost impossible to find out who their members are?

As the NHF noted above, it's virtually impossible to locate a list of its members (which naturally would indicate sources of funding, and potentially reveal behind-the-scenes agendas).

But here, I'm making public IFAC's list of officers and board members as of 2011. It wasn't easy to find this list, primarily because IFAC isn't a regular 501(c)(3). In fact, it isn't a 501(c)(3) at all. Actually, it's a 501(c)(6)―an IRS classification for nonprofit "commercially oriented" organizations such as football leagues, chambers of commerce and, apparently, groups like IFAC. Once you know its non-profit classification, you can find its 990 forms―which all non-profits must file, complete with lists of officers and directors. I obtained IFAC's 990s for the years 2004-2011. And there I learned the truth.

Except for two, who I couldn't find any information at all on, all of IFAC's officers and directors are linked to processed foods and additives in some way, with at least six of them having direct or business links to Monsanto and/or DuPont. That's right. Six of IFAC's governing board members are linked to the largest GMO producers in the world.


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