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Big Food Accused of 'Elaborate Scheme' to Kill GMO Labeling Effort

Melanie Wong | Feb 26, 201611:30 PM    

"...At issue is an $11 million fund that the GMA established in 2013. Called the 'Defense of Brands' fund, it was earmarked for specific lobbying and education efforts surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including the fight to defeat the Washington initiative. Member companies made contributions proportional to their sales.

GMA said the purpose of the fund was two-fold, according to the released internal GMA documents. It was designed to 'provide greater budgeting certainty to the companies while also shield[ing] individual companies from public disclosure and possible criticism.' The GMA said in these documents that the contributors would be shielded because only the GMA would be disclosed as a donor to the Washington effort..."

Big Food Accused of ‘Elaborate Scheme’ to Kill GMO Labeling Effort

State of Washington waging $14 million lawsuit

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