WikiLeaks shows how Big Organic’s Gary Hirshberg ‘bought’ Clinton’s support for GMO labeling

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The latest WikiLeaks dump of Democratic Party emails shows that one prominent Big Organic player gets his emails answered by Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.

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The emails, which can be found here … largely involve two storylines that played out simultaneously: Clinton’s hard-fought primary campaign … and a battle in Congress over whether … to label genetically modified foods… The issues intersected because [Bernie] Sanders quite publicly supported labeling.

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[Gary] Hirshberg [founder of Stonyfield Organic] is a leader of the Just Label It campaign, a coalition pushing for a mandatory federal GMO label. He’s also a Clinton supporter [and] “bundler” of donations for her campaign—he has raised a bit more than $600,000…  Hirshberg pushes Podesta to have Clinton support mandatory labeling….

In a December 22 email, Hirshberg writes of hearing an account that Clinton had publicly opposed labeling:

Hillary’s publicly opposing this is both the wrong policy position but also a direct breach of what she told me, namely that she supports average citizens and moms having the right to know.

I have raised nearly $400K for her because I believed what she told me. If that is not the case, I’d like the chance to speak to her.

Meanwhile… in March, an industry-backed anti-labeling law failed in Congress. On Twitter, Clinton celebrated the defeat:

Related article:  Two organic dairies yank support from lawsuit against GMO labeling

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Hillary Clinton Is in Thrall to America’s Yogurt Overlord

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