FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2013
CONTACT: Organic Consumers Association, Katherine Paul, 207.653.3090; or Zack Kaldveer, 510-938-2664
FINLAND, Minn. The Organic Consumers Association today called on the White Wave Food Company to immediately withdraw from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a trade group that has contributed over $7.2 million to defeat I-522, a GMO labeling initiative on the November 5 ballot in Washington State.
“White Wave promotes itself as a ‘champion in the fight against GMOs,’ while it indirectly bankrolls campaigns to deny consumers the right to know if their food has been genetically modified,” said Ronnie Cummins, OCA’s national director.
“Consumers who pay a premium for organic and non-GMO products don’t expect the manufacturers of those products to pump their profits into anti-consumer organizations like the GMA.”
White Wave sells Horizon Organic-brand milk and the Silk-brand soymilk, which it markets as GMO-free. The company also owns the International Delight and Land o’ Lake brands in the U.S.
The OCA is asking consumers to boycott the brands owned by White Wave, until the company withdraws from the GMA and supports I-522.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization advocating on behalf of more than one million consumers for health, justice, and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.
OCA Calls on White Wave Food Company to End Membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Association
White Wave is supporting efforts to defeat GMO labeling laws through its membership in the GMA, which is spending $7.2 million to defeat GMO labeling in Washington State
Organic Consumers Association, October 2, 2013