Target: Grocery Manufacturers Associations and food industry lobbyists
Goal: Condemn food industry lobbyists for using misinformation and lawsuit threats to prevent GMO labeling laws
Food lobbyists are using deceptive arguments and intimidation tactics to prevent state lawmakers from passing genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling laws. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) created a document of false and misleading information about GMOs and labeling laws for the use of food industry lobbyists. The GMA’s document, which was leaked by the Organic Consumers Association, contains propaganda to persuade state lawmakers to reject GMO labeling bills. This is a deceptive practice that should be condemned.
The GMA claims that GMO labeling laws violate the First Amendment. Thus, the food industry threatens to sue the first state that passes a law imposing GMO labels. The GMA’s intention is for lawmakers to reject the bill in fear of having to spend taxpayer dollars on costly court battles. However, legal experts say the GMA’s claims are baseless. In 2012, Monsanto lobbyists threatened Vermont lawmakers with suing the state of Vermont if they passed a GMO labeling bill. The Vermont Law School and a Washington D.C. based law firm called Emord & Associates researched and analyzed the bill’s constitutionality and both independently concluded that the bill met constitutional requirements.
The GMA represents more than 200 food makers and trade associations, including ConAgra, PepsiCo and Kraft.
By signing the petition below, you will condemn the Grocery Manufacturers Association for perpetuating false information about GMOs and opposing labeling laws.
Dear Grocery Manufacturers Associations,
Stop using misinformation and lawsuit threats to prevent state lawmakers from passing a GMO labeling bill. Consumers deserve the right to know what is in their food. Polls show that a significant majority of the U.S. population wants to know if the food they are buying contains GMOs.
There is no evidence to support your claim that GMO labeling laws are unconstitutional. In 2012, when Monsanto lobbyists threatened to sue Vermont if its lawmakers passed a GMO labeling bill, the Vermont Law School and attorneys at Emord & Associates extensively researched and analyzed the bill’s constitutionality. They both independently concluded that Vermont’s GMO labeling law meets constitutional requirements. Furthermore, attorneys at Emord & Associates stated that the bill is most likely constitutional because it seeks to protect consumer health and safety.
Stop trying to protect the junk food industry from a bad reputation. The U.S. consumers have the right to know if the food they are purchasing contains ingredients potentially harmful to their health.
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