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GMO labeling gathers support

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower and Phillip Frazer - Mon., 3/4/13
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Sometimes, the cost of winning is so great that you really lose.

This little lesson seems to be dawning on several food industry powers. Giant food retailers like ConAgra, PepsiCo, Unilever, and Walmart dumped millions of dollars last year into beating back California's Proposition 37, which would have required corporations to tell consumers if any of their food products contain ingredients with genetically manipulated DNA. Using piles of political cash, de-ceptive advertising, and outright lies--the corporate goliaths squeaked out a narrow victory over a scrappy coalition of consumers, environmentalists, organic producers, and others.

But while Big Money "won" the election, the corporations lost the hearts and minds of their own customers, for they exposed themselves as greedheads going to extremes to deny people's right to know what they're putting into their own bodies--and into their children's bodies.

Meanwhile, the pro-labeling coalition was energized by having flushed-out the big brand names that are secretly putting GMO contaminates in our food supply. Having awakened public consciousness, the grassroots coalition has flummoxed the genetic manipulators by not going away. Instead, it has expanded the political fight for honesty and food purity into Connecticut, Missouri, New Mexico, Vermont, and the state of Washington.

And now, the strength of the issue and the tenacity of the coalition have pushed a couple of dozen major food peddlers--including PepsiCo and Walmart--to begin talking about switching sides and supporting a national labeling law. To keep up and help push, go to www. organicconsumers.org



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