By Leah Segedie
As a parent, one of the most important things we do is feed our children. That responsibility is ours alone. We nourish them and create lasting memories while doing so. And because of that, parents are the most powerful consumers on the planet, especially moms. But what would happen if those same parents discovered that the products they were feeding their children were genetically modified? Around the holidays, food is big business. Let’s pull the veil of marketing back for a second and consider what is happening politically with these food brands that we know so well in the grocery store during the holidays.
Two weeks ago, the Washington State Initiative 522 to label GMOs heated up. The Attorney General of the State of Washington sued the Grocers Manufacturers Association to force them to release which food brands gave money illegally to the opposition of I-522 to prevent you from knowing what is in your food. These companies were effectively caught laundering money through the GMA to dupe voters into voting against their own interests.
If a company is willing to break the law to prevent you from knowing something about their products, you must admit, those actions don’t elicit trust. When people go to great lengths to hide information from you, it’s usually not in YOUR best interests. It’s about their best interests. Which food brands broke the law to censor labeling? Well, since it’s Halloween, not only am I going to tell you who they are, but I’m going to show you what items they are hoping you purchase soon to feed your family.
Reeses, Hershey Kisses, Kit Kat, Almond Joy, Whoppers and many others are owned by The Hershey’s Company, who has donated $360,450 to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food.
Nestle TollHouse chocolate chips are owned by Nestle USA, who has given $1,528,206 to keep you from knowing what’s in your food.
Duncan Hines is owned by the Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC, who has given $175,425 to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food.
Oreo cookies, along with Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Triscuits, are among the brands owned by Mondolez Global, LLC., who has spent $210,335 to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food.
Entemann’s, along with Sara Lee and Thomas English Muffins, is owned by Bimbo Bakeries USA, who has given $137,460 to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food.
Betty Crocker is owned by General Mills, who has spent $869,270 to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food.
Pepperidge Farms, Prego, V8 Juice, and Campbell’s Soup are all owned by the Campbell’s Soup Company, who has spent $348,888 to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food.
Cheeto’s, along with Pepsi, Quaker Oats, Tostito’s, Cracker Jack and many others, are owned by Pepsico, who has spent $2,352,965 to prevent you from knowing what’s in your food.
So far, the amount of money laundered through the Grocers Manufacturers Association to prevent you from gaining more consumer information is more than $11,000,000. Next time you go to the store to make purchases for the holiday season, just remember which companies were willing to break the law to hide information from you.
I don’t trust what they are covering up is in our best interests. Do you?