Target: Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola
Goal: End Coca-Cola’s financing of efforts to keep consumers in the dark about genetically modified organisms.
This year has seen populations of monarch butterflies and many other insect pollinators drop to record low numbers, as they are killed off by pesticides and the disappearance of their food plants. One of the major factors contributing to the decline is the use of genetically modified crops like Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready corn. These crops are genetically designed to withstand toxic herbicides that kill other plants – including milkweed, the food plant for monarch butterfly caterpillars. The spread of Roundup-Ready crops has meant increased use of herbicides, and a dramatic decline in butterfly food plants.
Many environmentally conscious consumers would like to avoid foods made with Roundup-Ready corn and other genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. But there’s a problem: currently, food companies are not required to disclose whether their products contain GMOs. State legislatures or voter initiatives can require GMO labeling on food packages, but major food companies have poured millions of dollars into defeating GMO labeling initiatives around the country. One of these companies is Coca-Cola.
By sponsoring efforts to defeat GMO labeling laws, Coca-Cola is keeping citizens in the dark about whether the products we buy contain genetically modified organisms. The company is also hampering efforts to save declining pollinators like monarchs, since consumers don’t have the information they need to avoid GMOs. Coca-Cola should stop supporting corporate secrecy, and pull its funding of groups that campaign against GMO labeling.
Please sign the petition below to urge Coca-Cola to stop contributing to the spread of GMOs and pollinator extinctions.
Dear Mr. Kent,
We, the undersigned, are writing to urge Coca-Cola to cease its financing of efforts to defeat GMO labeling laws. It is disappointing to know that Coca-Cola recently gave $11 million to the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s campaign against a GMO labeling initiative in Washington State. Coca-Cola’s customers expect better from you than this.
Consumers have a right to know what goes into the food and beverage products they buy, and GMO labeling laws are designed to provide this information. In light of the recent decline of monarch butterflies and other insect pollinators, due partly to the increased use of Roundup-Ready crops, environmentally concerned citizens have an especially good reason to want to avoid GMOs. GMO labeling is about giving shoppers the information they need to make smart decisions, something no company should try to discourage.
Other food and beverage manufacturers, like Mars, Inc. and Dole, have ceased their financing of anti-labeling campaigns. Please do the right thing and join them. Your customers deserve to know what goes into the products they buy.
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