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Details are finally trickling out about the meetings at USDA in which Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tried to help industry reach a peaceful accord with GMO labeling advocates. Tara Cook-Littman, founder of GMO-Free Connecticut, says she and four other advocates rejected an industry proposal to use electronic labeling and instead “stood strong and united for mandatory, on package GMO labeling.”
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With Cool-Littman in the meetings were: Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of Stonyfield Farm and chairman of Just Label It; Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group; Chris Miller, Ben & Jerry’s social mission activism manager; and David Bronner, cosmic engagement officer for Dr. Bronner’s Soaps. The following individuals represented the industry, sources tell MA: Randy Russell, president of the Russell Group, which represents the Grocery Manufacturers Association; J.P. Bilbrey, chairman and CEO of the Hershey Company and chairman of GMA’s board of directors; Charles Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; Steve Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association; and Paul Grimwood, president and CEO of Nestle USA. Cook-Littman’s blog is here: http://bit.ly/1QEljTk.
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