Organic Consumers Association

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Mis-Appropriation!

Big Biotech and Big Food think the only reason consumers don’t like their GMO foods is because we are just too ignorant to “understand” their benefits.

So to help “educate” us groups like the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and the Corn Growers Association, among others, want Congress to give them some of our taxpayer money to help promote their toxic, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly products.

As reported by Farm Futures, 56 groups, including biotech and food industry lobbying organizations, wrote a letter asking four members of the Ag Appropriations Committee to include $3 million in the 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act in order to “ensure key federal agencies responsible for the safety of our nation’s food supply – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – are able to more easily convey to the public science- and fact-based information about food.”

The groups justify their request for consumers to foot the bill for industry’s marketing campaign by stating that: “These benefits are passed on to consumers who reap the advantage of affordable food prices, greater access to nutritious food, an improved environment, a strengthened rural economy, and enhanced domestic and international food security.”

In their letter, the groups claim “there is a tremendous amount of misinformation about agricultural biotechnology in the public domain.” 

We would argue, and a recent investigation by the New York Times confirms, that much of that “misinformation” comes from industry itself--in the form of false promises.

Read our latest blog post on this affront to consumers

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Ag Appropriations Committee: Don’t Use My Tax Dollars to Promote GMOs!

After you sign the alert, call and tweet the committee members.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)
(202) 224-5054
@SenThadCochran No tax dollars to promote #GMOs! http://orgcns.org/2fTfEhK

Rep. Harold (Hal) Rogers (R-Ky)
(202)225-4601
@RepHalRogers No tax dollars to promote #GMOs! http://orgcns.org/2fTfEhK

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)
(202) 224-4654
@SenatorBarb No tax dollars to promote #GMOs! http://orgcns.org/2fTfEhK

 Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.)
(202) 225-6506
@NitaLowey No tax dollars to promote #GMOs! http://orgcns.org/2fTfEhK

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