Big Food Spent $51 Million to Block GMO Labeling!

Big Food Spent $51 Million to Block GMO Labeling!
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List Of Big Food Lobby Spenders Who Helped Defeat the Dark Act

Over the first half of this year some of the American food giants such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Kraft, General Mills, and Land O’Lakes put in $12.6 million into the lobbying pot to help kill state GMO labeling initiatives per a report by ewg.org.

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What’s even more surprising is that since 2013, Big Food lobbying expenses aimed at defeating labeling measures have totaled $143 Million.

This huge sum of money undermines the argument that adding additional labeling to food to identify it as GMO is cost prohibitive.  I think that they feel that this is money well-spent because of the potential for lost customers if Americans choose to avoid food labeled as “GMO” or “Transgenic”.

They may be over-reacting, or they may truly fear openly labeling GMO foods due to current negative connotations in many social circles.

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Big Food Companies Spend Millions to Defeat GMO Labeling

Big food and biotechnology companies and trade associations have reported spending $51.6 million over the first half of this year, some or all of which went to lobby for legislation that would block state and federal agencies from requiring food companies to label products that contain GMO ingredients, according to new analysis by EWG.

The biggest spenders among individual companies were Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Kraft, General Mills and Land O’Lakes.  Over the first two quarters of this year, these six companies disclosed $12.6 million on lobbying expenses that made reference to legislation aimed at killing state and federal GMO labeling.  Food companies that disclosed lobbying expenditures tied to GMO labeling for the first time this year includes Unilever and Ocean Spray.

Source: Environmental Working Group. Compiled from Center for Responsive Politics and lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a trade group that represents these and other food manufacturers, reported spending $5.1 million so far this year on anti-labeling lobbying efforts and other legislative priorities.  In disclosure forms examined by EWG, GMA said it hired 32 lobbyists and spent $1.4 million on lobbying that went exclusively to advocate anti-GMO-labeling legislation since 2014.

Source: Environmental Working Group. Compiled from Center for Responsive Politics and lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate.

All told, since 2013, the food and biotech industries have spent $143 million in lobbying expenditures that mentioned GMO labeling.

If the industry continues to bankroll K Street lobbying at this rate, by the end of this year, it will have laid out more than $100 million, a steep increase from last year’s total of $66 million for similar purposes and quadruple the comparable 2013 figure of $25.4 million

Article and image tables excerpted from ewg.org

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