Grocery Manufacturers Association Holds 'Monsanto Ball' to Determine Fate of GMO Labeling in America

This year, 26 states have introduced legislation to label genetically engineered foods, with GMO labeling bills recently passing in Connecticut and Maine.

| July 16, 2013

A press release from Food Democracy Now!

Statement by Dave Murphy, executive director of Food Democracy Now!,  a grassroots movement of more than 650,000 farmers and citizens on news that major food producers will meet to discuss GMO labeling at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) meeting in DC:

The world’s largest chemical and junk food companies are planning to meet behind closed doors in Washington, DC to determine the fate of GMO labeling in the U.S. As the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) holds their annual ‘Monsanto Ball’ to deny Americans a right to transparency by scheming to kill efforts across the county for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, hundreds of thousands of farmers and consumers across the country are paying attention.

It’s outrageous that companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, Kellogg’s and General Mills spent millions of dollars last year to deny American's their basic right to know what's in their food when they already label GMO ingredients in 64 other countries around the world, including all of Europe, Russia, China, India, South Africa and even Syria. American consumers have a right to know what’s in their food, and it's time that Monsanto and the GMA stop hiding those facts and America’s large food manufacturers endorse the labeling of genetically engineered foods.”

Polls have consistently shown that more than 90 percent of Americans support GMO labeling. It’s time for the hypocrisy on genetically engineered foods to end in the land of the free and the home of the brave and we urge the Grocery Manufacturers Association to stop opposing GMO-labeling nationwide.”

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