Boycott Food Manufacturing Companies? Even if what they manufacture says it is organic, right on the label? Joseph
Mercola, MD has an excellent article, from which I have taken excerpts,
with some modification. For the “Cliff Notes” version, keep
reading. To read the entire article on Dr. Mercola’s website, click
The primary GE crops grown in the US are corn, soy, and sugar beets, and
the primary ingredients in processed food are high fructose corn syrup
(HFCS), hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fats), and refined sugar. Add
in all the pesticides and hazardous fertilizers used in this chemical
agriculture system, and you have the perfect formula for environmental
destruction, disease, and premature death.
This is the business model the
Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) is protecting, and labeling genetically engineered (GE) foods will
surely severely cripple it.
This is why the GMA is willing to resort to techniques such as money laundering
schemes in the State of Washington and lawsuits arguing for “the
right” to violate disclosure laws.
Your health, your right to make your own decisions, and your financial
wellbeing have absolutely
nothing to do with the GMA’s objections to GE (or GMO) labeling. They are
not protecting you from confusion, unnecessary complexities, or higher
prices. These manufacturers are protecting their own profits, and those profits
depend on widespread consumer ignorance about the realities of pesticide residues
and the effect on both our own neurologic function and on that of our
children and as yet unborn children.
These “Organic” Brands are owned by companies which have contributed
heavily to the anti-labeling campaign all over the country:
Bimbo Bakeries – Earthgrain bread
Campbells – Plum Organics, Wolfgang Puck organic soups
Coca-Cola – Honest Tea, Odwalla
ConAgra – Alexia, Pam organic cooking sprays
General Mills – Larabar, Muir Glen
Hersheys – Dagoba
Kelloggs – Bear Naked, Gardenburger, Kashi, Morningstar Farms
Kraft/Mondelez – Boca Burgers, Green and Black’s
McCormick – Simply Asia, Thai Kitchen
Nestle – Gerber Organic, Sweet Leaf tea
PepsiCo – IZZE, Naked Juice, Simply Frito-Lay, Starbucks Frappuccino
Smuckers – RW Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic, Smuckers Organic
So how can we tell if we would be proud to support and purchase a given brand?
In addition to
not buying the above listed Brand foods or beverages (even if they’re
certified organic), here are nine
positiveways you can choose to take your power back from the corporations that
make up the Grocery Manufacturers Association – we do not have to
put ourselves in the role of victims. And since the GMA appears to have
taken off their website the list of member companies, the option of not
purchasing any manufactured “food” is looking better and better.
Build your diet around whole, unprocessed foods, especially raw fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats from coconut oil,
avocadoes, organic pastured meat, dairy and eggs, and raw nuts.
Buy most of your foods from your local farmer’s market and/or organic farm.
Cook most or all your meals at home using whole, organic ingredients. Take home cooked food to work instead
of buying out.
Frequent restaurants that serve organic, cooked-from-scratch, local food. Many restaurants, especially chain restaurants
, use processed foods made by GMA members for their meals
Buy only heirloom, open-pollinated, and/or organic seeds for your garden. This includes both decorative plants and edibles. Chipotlé
is a rare exception.
– Boycott all lawn and garden chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides,
etc.) unless they are “OMRI Approved,” which means they are allowed in organic production. If you use
a lawn service, make sure they’re using
OMRI Approved products as well
Read labels. Take a magnifying glass with you if necessary, so you can read the very
tiny print. If a GMA member company owns the product, no matter what it
is, don’t buy it. Some of the companies appear to have taken themselves
off the list – I was unable to find Coca-Cola, for instance.
Download the Buycott app for your smartphone. This app allows you to scan products to find out
if they’re part of the boycott before you buy them
Join the Organic Consumers Association’s new campaign, “Buy Organic Brands that Support Your Right to Know”
Vote with Your Pocketbook, Every Day