Packaged food group & GMO labels

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SUBHEAD: The likes of Pepsi, Coke, Kraft, Kellogg's, Starbucks, General Mills and Monsanto trying to kill Washington GMO labeling.

By Staff on 9 October 20133 for Food Democracy Now! -

Image above: "GMA to GMO" logo transformation mashup by Juan Wilson.

Last week, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) dumped in $5 million against the Yes on 522 ballot initiative in Washington state. That means the GMA, who represents companies like Pepsi, Coke, Kraft, Kellogg's, Starbucks and General Mills, is now the lead funder in an effort to silence GMO labeling in America, with a total of $7.2 million. But the real story behind the continued efforts to kill GMO labeling in the U.S. is even more alarming.

Already Monsanto has dumped in $4.8 million and DuPont has pledged $3.4 million to bringthe opposition war chest to a total of $17.1 million against the citizen-led ballot initiative Yes on 522 to label genetically engineered foods.

As political experts have predicted, Washington state is a 'do or die' battle for both Monsanto and the GMO labeling movement – and we need your help today!

Chip in $5.22, $52.20 or whatever you can to help win GMO labeling and defeat Monsanto and the GMA’s lies once and for all! Together we win. Every dollar counts!

Even more alarming than the giant pile of cash piling up from the opposition is the fact that the Grocery Manufacturers Association is currently hiding the names of the companies donating the millions of dollars they’re plowing into the race in what could be a direct violation of Washington state campaign disclosure laws.

$17 Million to Kill Labeling, Now They're Suing Moms!

Unlike California, where giant junk food companies like Pepsi, Coke, Kellogg’s, Kraft and General Mills made their donations public by donating outright to the opposition, in Washington, these “trusted” American brands are secretly bundling their donations in an effort to hide how much they’re willing to give to kill GMO labeling because they're afraid of consumer backlash!

In an effort to get to the bottom of this campaign deception, a group of local Washington moms has filed a suit against the GMA to find out who was paying big money to manipulate public opinion.

Rather than comply with Washington election law and reveal their donors, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the NO on 522 campaign filed a countersuit against the Washington mom’s group, Moms for Labeling. Now Monsanto and the GMA are using a law designed to protect citizens from corporations to instead protect corporations from everyday people. Seriously?

Last Friday, in a perversion of justice, a Washington judge sided with Monsanto and the GMA and ruled against the moms, slapping them with a $10,000 fine.

This is outrageous and we need your help today to make sure that this perversion of our democracy can no longer stand! We can't let these corporations continue to keep us in the dark about what they're feeding us!

Chip in right now so we can stop Monsanto and the GMA’s propaganda machine cold in Washington State. Help us win the fight for GMO labeling! It’s time that Americans have the right to know what Monsanto is feeding us! Every dollar counts!

We're close to winning and need your help to cross the finish line! Two weeks ago, we defeated the Monsanto Protection Act in Washingon DC and earlier this year we passed GMO labeling laws in Connecticut and Maine, now help us win in Washington.

Remember, democracy is like a muscle, you either use it or you lose it!

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