Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Big Food Companies, Owners of Organics, Ace Hypocrisy 101

Do you want to know how important I think Prop 37, which will be on the ballot this November in California and require genetically engineered foods to be labeled as such, is? Here's another post to prove it:

Organic food is big business and the fact that so many of the gargantuan foodstuff companies own the brands that are perceived as better for us is testament to this truth.

And if anyone doubts the true motives of the likes of Kellogg (owner of Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms), Pepsi (Naked Juice, Izze), Coca-Cola (Honest Tea, Odwalla), Dean Foods (Horizon Organic, Silk), General Mills (Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, Lärabar) and Smucker (R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic), how about this for hypocrisy, courtesy of The Cornucopia Institute:
"Multi-billion dollar, multi-national food manufacturing corporations are terrified at the prospect of labeling their foods containing GMOs. That’s why they are partnering with the biotech industry – Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, and others – by spending millions of dollars in an effort to defeat Proposition 37.

"The corporate owners of Horizon Organic, Silk, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic and many other brands have already joined Monsanto and collectively donated millions of dollars to keep consumers in the dark."
This is just another reason why I try not to buy any of the above products. As I've mentioned before, I favor food companies such as Eden Foods, Nature's Path, Lundberg Farms and Organic Valley, which are independent and still true to their (and my) beliefs.

Click here to sign a petition that The Cornucopia Institute will send to all the players (good, bad and ugly) in this fight.

And, for the umpteenth time, if you live in California, vote yes for Prop 37. If you don't live there, tell your friends and family who do to vote yes for Prop 37. Our collective health (and the balance sheets of many Big Food companies which care little about that collective health) could hang in the balance.

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