If you eat organic foods you have been lied to by some of your favorite brands.
Remember the Prop 37 campaign in California last year? This was the GMO labeling initiative which would have required GMO labeling in California. Well, you may remember it failed. But do you know why?
The truth is that over $46 million dollars was spent in advertising to defeat the bill by huge multinational food and beverage companies.
Corporations like Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and General Mills spent millions to mislead Californians about GMO labeling during the Prop 37 campaign. According to the Organic Consumers Association, advertisements were filled with lies warning Californians about rising food costs and a poorly written and hypocritical bill. But why? Why does Pepsi care if small organic brands want to go through the hassle to get non-GM certified? Let the buyers choose what they want! What’s the big deal?
The Truth about Your Favorite Natural and Organic Brands
Major natural and organic brands like, Kashi, Odwalla, and Gardenburger, are actually owned by corporations like Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and General Mills! Organic consumers are led into believing they’re buying from small, independently owned producers when in fact we’re buying our food straight from the devil itself.
Even worse, these corporations then used our own dollars against us! The corporate slime, like those at Kellogg’s, raked in the profits from their “organic” products and used those very profits to defeat us in the Prop 37 campaign. The brands we’re told to trust, like “natural” and “good for the planet” Kashi, is actually owned by the liars at Kellogg’s who were recently sued for false labeling (read below). These are the very corporate powers running private studies with Monsanto, to encourage the use of more toxic and cheaper GM foods! Therefore these brands must by boycott! They are actually working against the organic movement.
Boycott these FAKE “Organic” Brands
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is calling for a national boycott of the 10 listed brands below. These are organic and natural brands that contributed millions of dollars to mislead Californians in the No on 37 Campaign. You might be surprised...
Ben & Jerry’s: Ben and Jerry’s now offer a small selection of organic flavors. While once a privately owned company, today B&J’s is owned by Unilever. They spent $467.000 to help destroy the No on Prop 37 campaign. Why does this matter? Because on their website they state that they are committed to GM labeling. Really? Then why did you help destroy the GM labeling initiative?
Boca Burger, Back to Nature: Really owned by Kraft foods. Kraft donated $2 million to defeat Prop 37! Why does this matter? They claim their Boca Burgers are natural and made with non-GM soy but, after that 2 million dollar donation, can we really believe them? What are they hiding? Kraft is also responsible for submitting company-funded studies to the USDA which has now approved three new toxic meat preservatives. Sounds “natural,” doesn’t it?
Honest Tea, Odwalla: Owned by Coca-Cola. In its early days, Odwalla was a small company owned by a few individuals that made real, raw food juices. Since its acquisition by Coca Cola in 2001, most everything has changed. Coca Cola spent $1.7 million to destroy Prop 37. I see little “honesty” in this honest tea.
Horizon, Silk, White Wave: I used to be a loyal customer of Silk. But this stopped when I learned that they were owned by Dean Foods, which donated $254,000 to No on 37. Now I’m pretty convinced that there soymilk is pumped full of GM soy.
Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburger: Perhaps the most surprising and outraging, all these brands are owned by Kellogg's! In 2011 the Cornucopia Institute ran a test on Kashi’s Go Lean cereal. It was found to contain 100% GMO soy! Later that year Kellogg was sued for false labeling. See, they claimed their cereal was non-GM. Those liars! Natural News reports that Kashi cereals contain both “synthetically produced ingredients as well as ingredients that are bathed in the chemicals used for gasoline refining.” Yummy. Sounds natural, doesn’t it? In addition, Kellogg’s spent $791,000 to kill Prop 37. No wonder why.
Muir Glen Organic, Cascadian Farm, Larabar: Owned by General Mills which spent $1.2 million.
Naked Juice, Tostitos Organic, Tropicana Organic: Owned by PepsiCo, donated $2.5 million to the No on 37 campaign. PepsiCo is also part of the above mentioned class action lawsuit with Kashi. PepsiCo was sued for “deliberately mislabeling its products as ‘all natural’ and free of GMO’s.”
“O” Organics: If you shop at Safeway you are familiar with their house organic brand. What you may not know is that Safeway is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) which donated $2 million to the Prop 37 campaign. “O” organics really stands for gmO.
Orville Redenbacher’s Organic, Hunts Organic, Lightlife, Alexia: All are owned by Con-Agra. Con-Agra was also sued for label fraud in 2011. They donated $1.2 million to No on 37.
R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organics: Sadly, these labels are owned by Smuckers which spent $555,000 on the No on 37 campaign.
Kashi’s commercials sure are misleading aren’t they? You know, the one with the woman working for “Kashi, on a mission” to seek out the best ingredients, blah blah blah. I guess organic consumers wouldn’t fall for a Kellogg’s executive wheeling deals, adding chemicals, and creating lab-cereal in their commercials.
Check out the hilarious YouTube video below from Matthew Campagna about Kashi and their "natural" cereal.
You ARE what you EAT
Confused about what to eat? Check out my hub on Organic Brands to Buy.
If we, the organic and natural foods consumers, stop purchasing these brands perhaps they will listen! We can only make change by affecting corporate pocketbooks. But, as a girl on a budget we can only do the best we can with what we have. Living in rural northern California with limited access, a few of these brands admittedly slip into my kitchen from time to time.
There is a ton of information out there about GM foods! Educate yourself, take your health into your own hands, and do the best you can with what you have.
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© 2013 Robyn D Bera
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 14, 2020:
Hi there, thanks for sharing. I will be watching out for their products in my country.
Jade Gear on March 17, 2020:
Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. - Stewart Udall
a_es on August 19, 2019:
"O Organics organic low sodium chicken broth" - smells like water (i.e. no smell), tastes like water and looks like water - apparently IT IS WATER!
Tania on September 17, 2017:
I gave been buying O organics. I guess no more
Durgys Ramirez on August 26, 2017:
I can't hardly eat anything anymore. Everything, including Organics, make me Sick. My adrenal glands and organs can't handle it anymore. I am Sick, literally. My body can't take it -anymore. I am fatigue, drained, beat-up, weak, and every time I eat, I feel worst, No matter what I eat.
You know True Organic Foods is a lot easier to Grow and less costly if they wanted to, but is Just Plain evil that wants to destroy us. These Big Companies (and their heads) running these companies are full of evil. They can find ways to start doing things organically, but the Human Race has an obsession with destroying everything that God Created.
D Shannahan from Everywhere Man! on June 06, 2017:
Great info for us desiring life and true health not to mention the truth love
Kate M on February 17, 2017:
While it is valid to boycott a company for donating for or against a certain cause, understand that for anything to be labeled as organic in the United States precludes it from containing any genetically modified ingredients. So while these companies may not have their hearts in the right place your organic foods are still organic and GMO free.
Karen Brown on June 08, 2014:
I intend to boycott as many of these products and companies as I can and will continue to spread the word even though some of my friends think I'm full of it. This is really happening and it is one of the biggest reasons why we are all experiencing more and more mysterious illnesses and rises in cancers of every kind. Let's make sure that "organic" means free of all chemicals, hormones or anti-biotics and free of GMO's. Boycotting is the only way to ensure this.
Robyn D Bera (author) from California on December 22, 2013:
Carl, while I thank you for taking the time to comment on this post, and while I appreciate your optimism rooted in love and compassion, I wholly disagree with you.
Organic farming is very different from conventional farming. One small example is that organic farming does not use chemicals and pesticides (for example, Monsanto’s Round-Up). This chemical runoff created by Round-Up and other pesticides pollutes our environment, soil, and water. That is one tiny example of why organic farming is better for the environment.
Small companies are not selling to large companies, as you suggest. Kashi (for example) is OWNED by Kellogg’s, which is a major difference. Kellogg’s maintains the control over this falsely labeled organic company.
The way that we encourage multi-billion dollar companies to change is by speaking though our wallets. Sadly, corporations only respond to profits, or the potential loss of them. Corporations are not people, so treating them like a child, or like a human, will have no effect. The only language they speak is the language of profits.
carl on December 21, 2013:
This is crazy.. small companies sell to large companies.. bottom line. we should push for the large companies to be more friendly towards environmentalism rather than fight them. Plus, organic farming is no different from conventional farming. Please read one straw revolution. The organic farmer is just as bad as the conventional farmer in his treatment of the environment. Love and compassion, don't fight kellogs encourage them to do better just like you would your child.
Robyn D Bera (author) from California on June 05, 2013:
Greenwashing - yes, that's exactly right Rosetta. Disgusting. Thanks for reading and your comment!
Rosetta Sloan on June 04, 2013:
Wow! Thanks for exposing the true motives behind these companies. As a small organic farmer, I can't stand this kind of greenwashing.