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Boycott Food Manufacturing Companies?

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 here.

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

Organic Consumers Organization

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