Transparency is our right. Yet a handful of companies, like Monsanto and Kraft, have gotten away with hiding important information about our food for more than two decades.
In November of 2012, some of America’s biggest and most profitable chemical companies teamed up with a handful of large food companies to spend more than $45 million in an advertising blitz to stop Prop 37, an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods.
This year, the same companies will undoubtedly raise millions to try to defeat a similar initiative in Washington state. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – Big Food’s national lobby group – called defeating Prop 37 “the single highest priority for GMA” in 2012, and has already poured millions into defeating Washington state’s initiative this year. While claiming their products are safe and that biotechnology is beneficial, they are emptying their pockets to fight a simple label. What is there to hide?
Polls show that more than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling of GE foods. Yet this same group of food and chemical companies continues to ignore consumers and fight our right to know every chance they get.
For these companies, a defeat of labeling supports their interests, not the consumers. This will continue to be a David vs. Goliath battle, an unequal fight between the American consumer and corporate money. It’s time to call out these companies, and demand that support the consumer’s right to transparency.