GMO Labeling Proponents Turn Sights on Soda Giants
GMO Inside wants to advance the right of consumers to know if foods are genetically engineered. The group is now calling on Coca-Cola and Pepsi to label their GMO ingredients or completely eliminate GMO ingredients from their products. GMO Inside is also stating that monetary contributions from PepsiCo and Coca-Cola helped derail Proposition 37 in California. Prop 37 Co-Chair Dave Murphy claims Prop 37 and GMO labeling lost by a narrow margin because of the financial support of Pepsi and Coke. The group encourages consumers to take action by signing a petition, leaving comments on the Facebook walls of these companies and choosing drinks and snacks without GMOs.
Environmental Working Group Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber says the failure of the California proposition has invigorated the movement for labeling. That's why EWG and Organic Voices are collaborating to promote GMO labeling and organic foods. EWG President Ken Cook says this is a pivotal time for GE labeling - noting more than 20 states will debate labeling legislation this year. He believes many food industry leaders are recognizing it's time for the U.S. to join the 62 nations that already require GE labeling on packaged foods. According to Faber - Organic Voices has convinced 1.2-million people to sign a petition to reqiure labeling. He says the joint effort of Organic Voices and EWG will push GMO labeling across the finish line.