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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Always read the fine print….

from Organic Bytes

Boycott the Organic and 'Natural' Traitor Brands Whose Parent Companies Oppose Your Right to Know

In recent weeks, several public interest groups, including the Organic Consumers Association, Cornucopia Institute,, and Natural News, have pointed out the gross hypocrisy and greed of large food and beverage corporations selling billions of dollars of organic and natural food, while meanwhile bankrolling the industry opposition to GMO labelling. These organic and “natural” traitor companies and brands include: Kellogg’s (Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms); General Mills (Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar); Dean Foods (Horizon, Silk, White Wave); Smucker’s (R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic); Coca-Cola (Honest Tea, Odwalla); Safeway (“O” Organics); Kraft (Boca Burgers and Back to Nature); Con-Agra (Orville Redenbacher’s Organic, Hunt’s Organic, Lightlife); and PepsiCo (Naked Juice, Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana Organic). All of these companies are profiting from the sale of billions of dollars of their proprietary organic and “natural” food brands while at the same time funnelling large sums of money to the Monsanto-led campaign to defeat the November 6th GMO labelling ballot initiative (Proposition 37) in California.

We need to send a clear message to these traitor brands, in the only language they understand: lost profits and lower sales. Today, the Organic Consumers Association and are formally calling for a boycott of 7 organic and “natural” brands.

Better still, in my opinion, is to not buy processed food at all or only Australian grown as we don’t have GMO’s…. yet and, even then, only processed foods that consist of one ingredient eg individual dried fruits without added oil or preservatives / rolled oats, not pre-packaged cereals (or roll your own oats with a mill).

I see no need to buy any other processed foods than a few, single ingredients and find it incredibly refreshing and simple! Eat local and seasonal. Shake the farmer’s or grower’s hand. Ignore the rest.


narf7 said...

You have to be very careful of syphoned GM ingredients in products as well. I picked up soymilk from Coles for my tea not so long ago, not thinking about GM ingredients and after checking the pack and seeing "Imported soybeans" and no sign saying "No GMO" like every other soymilk sold in Aus, I had to go with the soybeans being sourced from imported GM soybeans...sometimes you have to read more into what ISN'T being said than what is. GM products are in food waxes, many types of corn based syrups, starches etc. that are used in sweets, breads etc. and soy flours. There are so many GM products being hidden in foods that unless you make it yourself, with ingredients that you KNOW come from non GM sources you really can't be sure. It is incidious how Monsantos tentacles have been able to stretch out over the globe and insinuate this poisonous non-food into our diets

Kate said...

Another great reason for not participating in buying highly processed foods at all, ever.

Jess said...

I love the idea of living on a process-free diet, however the practicalities make it difficult sometimes. It can be very overwhelming once you realise how much stuff you actually buy is processed, and how much the hand made local stuff costs to buy. As a busy person on a very tight budget I can only attempt to make small changes and hope one day to have more time to replace the Uncle Toby's musli bars with home made versions, and the BBQ and tomato sauce in the pantry with home made too. Sometimes I think, being aware is getting half way there.