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OCA Calls on Aurora Organic Dairy to End Membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Association

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 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 Aurora Organic Dairy to immediately withdraw from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a trade association that has contributed more than $2.2 million to defeat I-522,  a GMO labeling initiative on the November 5 ballot in Washington State.

“Aurora Organic Dairy claims it is committed to providing organic foods to its customers and fulfilling their desire to know how that food is made,” said Ronnie Cummins, OCA’s national director. “Yet the company has been indirectly funding campaigns to deny the citizens of California and Washington the right to know if their food has been genetically modified.”

Earlier this month, Weil Lifestyle LLC, a company founded by health guru Dr. Andrew Weil, withdrew from the GMA after more than 25,000 consumers signed a petition circulated by the OCA. In the petition to Dr. Weil, consumers pointed out the hypocrisy of a company that tells customers that GMOs have not been proven safe, while at the same time supports the GMA, which works against consumers to kill state GMO labeling laws.

Dr. Weil responded by stating that because Weil Lifestyle’s views on GMO labeling were not aligned with those of the GMA, the company had dropped its membership.

The GMA is being sued by a not-for-profit group calling itself Moms for Labeling for allegedly hiding its No on I-522 campaign donors in an effort to shield its members from bad publicity.

To date, only multinational pesticide giants Monsanto ($5.2 million) and Dupont ($3.42 million) have contributed more to defeat Washington’s I-522 initiative than has the GMA.

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.

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