Last week the junk food industry tested the limits of credulity when it asked the FDA to officially allow food manufacturers to use the word “natural” on labels describing foods contaminated with genetically modified organisms.
It’s just one more reason we need to push harder than ever in 2014 for state GMO labeling laws and county bans.
Thanks to the more than 2,800 of you who have already contributed, we’re getting closer to our year-end fundraising goal of $200,000. If we can raise $45,000 by midnight December 31, your donation will be worth twice as much, thanks to a matching grant from natural health leader Mercola.com. Can you make a tax-deductible donation to the Organic Consumers Association today?
Ever since GMOs invaded our food supply, the Junk Food Giants have been hiding the truth from us—and getting away with it, thanks to their cozy, revolving-door relationship with the FDA.
But it wasn’t enough to slip their unsafe, untested—and unlabeled—GMOs into our food. Once food manufacturers realized that consumers would pay a premium for anything labeled “natural,’ they took their deception to a whole new level. Absent any legal definition of the word “natural,” they slapped it on everything in sight—including foods containing genetically engineered soy, corn and beets.
Now that the FDA is about to finalize its (voluntary) guidelines for GMO labeling, food companies want to be sure the FDA doesn’t crack down on one of the biggest food labeling scams of all time.
It’s one more battle to wage.
For months, you helped us fight Congress (and finally win) the repeal of a law that gave Monsanto immunity from federal courts. Then you watched with us, stunned, as the food industry’s multi-billion dollar lobbying group brazenly broke campaign finance laws by laundering millions of dollars in campaign contributions used to defeat (by a mere 1 percent) a GMO labeling law in Washington State. Now this.
Where will it end?
It will end with you. It will end with us.
Monsanto and Big Food have underestimated the power of grassroots organizing if they think we will give up. We won’t. And neither should you.
If you’ve already contributed to our year-end campaign, thank you. If not, please consider a generous donation today.
If you want your donation to be used exclusively for GMO labeling legislation or initiatives, in Vermont, Oregon or elsewhere, you can donate to the Organic Consumers Fund, our allied lobbying arm.
Ronnie Cummins National Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund
P.S. More than 80 percent of our funding comes from individual donors like you. Thanks to you, the OCF has donated more than $2.5 million directly to the fight for GMO labeling laws. You have forced Monsanto and Coca-Cola to take this movement seriously. Please make a generous donation to keep this fight alive. Thank you!