Apparently GMOs are so awesome and wonderful, the companies that sell them are doing everything they can to keep people from knowing it.
The Organic Consumers Association is reporting that the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association — the mega lobby group that represents 300+ companies and much more than just grocery stores — is using a leaked talking points memo to basically misinform and intimidate our legislators with threats of lawsuits should they even attempt to back a GMO labeling law in their state.
This is the same organization that is petitioning to allow GMOs to be considered “natural” on food packaging, and the same group that is trying to get a weak voluntary federal law passed to preempt the adoption of any meaningful labeling legislation at the state level.
And even the association admits that 80% of the food consumed in the United States is genetically modified. (Not sure how they know that, considering it isn’t labeled…).
Oh, Politico quoted their top lobbyist as saying the reason these companies have already spent over $70 million to fight state labeling is because telling you GMO is in your food would “misinform” you — apparently labeling genetically modified foods is equal to “implying that there is something wrong with the product.”