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Bear in mind this name: The Mellman Group.
In my final many articles, and a quantity of earlier pieces (complete archive right here), I’ve been hugely critical of the anti-GMO political movement in America.
Whereas numerous other nations have chosen to enact complete or partial bans on GMO meals, in the US we have had what?
Anything considerably weaker. Ballot initiatives, which attempted to make GMO labels on meals mandatory.
The monotonous and soft slogans? “You have a proper to know what’s in your meals.” “The appropriate to decide on.”
All four of these ballot campaigns have failed: California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado.
Where did these dumbed-down weak slogans come from?
They have been justified as a outcome of a 2012 poll conducted for Just Label It, Gary Hirshberg’s organization.
Hirshberg supported, in election campaigns, two of Monsanto’s most influential political allies in the globe: Tom Vilsack, now the head of the US Dept. of Agriculture, and Barack Obama, who has opened the door to the largest parade of new GMO crops but permitted.
Who carried out that poll for Just Label It and Hirshberg?
A powerful PR agency primarily based in Washington DC: The Mellman Group.
In 2012, the Mellman Group’s poll yielded this outcome: 91% of the 1000 voters surveyed said they wanted GMO labeling, and this conclusion was interpreted as “consumers have a proper to know what’s in their meals.”
So that became the single mantra in the ballot measures.
Who has The Mellman Group represented? Get a load of a couple of of its clientele:
Coca Cola. Nestle. Pepsico. The FDA. The Planet Bank. Do these names imply anything unique to you?
Coca Cola, Pepsico, and Nestle had been major funders AGAINST passage of the GMO-labeling initiatives in Western states.