Dana Perls —
This year, Vermont became the first state to pass a GMO food labeling law with no strings attached! Oregon, California and Colorado could all be next, and more than 30 states are now working on this issue. People across the U.S. are sending a clear message that we want to know what we’re feeding our families.
But while voters are raising their voices at the ballot box and shoppers are rejecting GMO foods, the chemical and junk food companies, including Coca-Cola, which has a huge presence on King Street East in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood, are spending millions of dollars to keep you in the dark about the foods you buy.
Canadians are kept in the dark about whether their foods are GMO
Big Food spent $22 million last year to narrowly defeat GMO labeling in Washington. Afterwards, the public learned that Coca-Cola had secretly contributed more than $1.5 million to the campaign against the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the state. Coca-Cola also spent more than $1.7 million to defeat labeling in California the year before, making it one of the largest contributors to the defeat of state labeling efforts.
This campaign has already engaged hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to spread the word about Coca-Cola’s secret campaign contributions, and encouraging people to boycott Coca-Cola brands until they agree to cease any and all financial contributions to anti-GMO labeling efforts.
In addition to its soft drinks, the company owns many brands marketed as healthier alternatives–including organic and non-GMO products like Honest Tea, Honest Kids, Peace Tea, Zico Coconut Water, Odwalla, Vitamin Water, Simply Orange and Powerade.
But now that the push for GMO labeling is gaining traction, corporations like Coke are doubling down and using their corporate lobbying dollars to fight our right to know if we’re eating GMOs.