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Repeat of Prop 37? Chemical Industry Swoops in During Final Hour to Kill GMO Labeling in Washington; Segments of 'natural,' Organic Products Industry Still Missing

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Washington has taken the baton from California in an effort to be the first state in America to require the labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). But like with Proposition 37 in California, which was defeated by a very slim (and highly questionable) margin back in 2012, the chemical industry is now dumping huge amounts of cash into defeating this initiative during the final hour, while a number of major names in organic and "natural" food, including Trader Joe's, Sprouts Farmers Market and Hain Celestial, are nowhere to be found in offering any financial support whatsoever during the final push to pass I-522.

According to the Yes on 522 campaign, neither Trader Joe's nor Sprouts has contributed financially to I-522, nor have they even endorsed the effort, as of this writing. Hain Celestial and its various brands are listed as endorsers of the effort, but as far as we can tell, the company itself has not donated financially to the cause, which is what really matters when it comes to fighting the deep pockets of the opposition.

Meanwhile, a number of brands in the health imposter category, which include brands like Kashi (owned by the Kellogg Company), Horizon Organic (owned by Dean Foods), Santa Cruz Organic (owned by Smucker's) and Larabar (owned by General Mills), are actually working against I-522. Believe it or not, each of these companies is either owned by a parent company or aligned with a front group that actually wants to keep GMOs a secret.


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