‘Follow the money’: Why the organic industry funds anti-GMO campaigns

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Everything we eat has had their genes modified by humans at some point in history, and nothing we eat exists in its “natural form.” So why do some people want foods that contain genetically modified ingredients labeled? Well, follow the money. Although GMOs are regarded as safe as their conventional counterparts by every major food safety authority in the world, the organic industry spends nearly $3 billion a year through over 330 different organization leading with fear and “information spin” as an industry to sell their products. By creating an unfounded fear that requires tighter regulations on GMO crops, they are hoping to force them out of the food supply, thereby creating a bigger market share to sell more products in their more than $65 billion wheelhouse.

[T]here is nothing wrong with farmers choosing to grow whatever they want. Whether a farm is GMO, non-GMO, organic, etc. that is their decision….

The unfortunate consequence of these labels is that the food companies and lobbyists tend to create an unnecessary “us vs. them” divide. When food companies use fear against competitors to sell a product, farmers take it personally.

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  • Nonsense and propaganda. Big, really big money is in GMOs not in organic food. The writer should try to work on an organic farm to experience it.

    • morphd

      “Nonsense and propaganda. Big, really big money is in GMOs not in organic food.”

      Really?

      2015 US Organic sales estimate is 45 billion, up 11% from the previous year https://www.ota.com/news/press-releases/19031

      In comparison Monsanto’s US sales were 8.6 billion, slightly lower than the previous year http://csimarket.com/stocks/segments_geo.php?code=MON&hist=1

      Big, really big money is in organic. That’s why they can afford to spend billions per year on disinformation.

      It’s not the organic farmers making all that money however – it’s the fat-cat organic distributors and processors. It also seems that those folks don’t give a **it about US organic farmers. As their propaganda accelerated demand for organic grains, for example, they turned to dubious suppliers like Turkey – and prices paid to US organic farmers actually fell during a time when demand for what they grew was going through the roof
      http://www.startribune.com/organic-farmers-worried-about-possible-fraudulent-grain-imports/415282334/
      https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-appetite-for-organic-food-prompts-jump-in-grain-imports-farmers-cry-foul-1487673002

      • Hello Morphd,
        You’ve got a point. Someone IS making money on organics and it’s not the farmers. Apparently, Walmart is the biggest seller of organics. Still, I don’t agree with this article and its tone: the pic is part of this propaganda. It shows children dressed as bees suggesting that American families are behind the “follow the money” and they are the ones that profit.
        This article is an opinion piece.

        • morphd

          The opposition to GMOs is based almost entirely on appealing to people’s emotions – hence the silly costumes (and syringes stuck in food, gas masks, bio-hazard suits, etc. etc.)

          In any case this country suffers from a lack of trust. We should have trusted independent agencies test pesticides & GMOs in a transparent manner. They should also test the products used by organic farmers, many of which are toxic but are dismissed from scrutiny just because they are “natural” https://risk-monger.blogactiv.eu/2015/11/12/the-risk-mongers-dirty-dozen-12-highly-toxic-pesticides-approved-for-use-in-organic-farming/ Tobacco contains natural toxins. Ricin, cyanide and many other natural chemicals are quite toxic https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/natural-vs-synthetic-chemicals-is-a-gray-matter/

          Sadly, with the current administration dismantling the EPA I predict trust in government agencies – and the corporations they regulate – is going to go much lower over time. Trust is essential to a healthy society.

          • I would not call children’s costumes “silly”.
            Since you call the opposition to GMO emotional I have a proposition for you: you I and raise money for the GMO research done by independent researchers. Deal?
            Also, what kind of food Monsanto executives eat? I hope it’s GMO.
            Jane at lifebyyou.com

            p.s. Yes, the most powerful poisons are found in nature. I know that.

          • morphd

            I find the costumes silly (and cute) – and also feel like the children are being “used” for a cause they know nothing about (by parents who don’t know much more).

            I don’t know what Monsanto executives eat but I can tell you that I ate regularly at the cafeteria where I worked (Monsanto competitor) and never saw food labeled as organic. If anything was labeled ‘Non GMO’ it was rare and simply a result of that label becoming common as a consequence of organic industry misinformation campaigns. Quite a number of colleagues worked on pesticides and knew farmers often had to use harsher pesticides* to grow non-GMO crops versus the GMO version (if there was even a GMO alternative – one of the idiotic absurdities of the Non-GMO labeling).

            * Here’s an example of the pesticides recommended for growing “Non-GMO” soybeans (done for the premium paid by clueless consumers; the farmers risk exposure to harsher pesticides compared to glyphosate) http://www.cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/want-premium-price-weed-control-non-gmo-soybeans

          • Hello Morphd,
            My original comment was not on pesticides and soybeans. It was about on how the editors of this site put a misleading picture of mothers and children next to the alarming title, suggesting that the very mothers and their children are the manipulators behind the rich, “follow the money” organic industry. Shame on them.

            As to the hysterical claims by the author that the organic industry is creating an unfounded fear to push their products, people still smoke cigarettes, drink coffee and take drugs, although the danger is well documented and the gov created “war on drugs”. Thus, those who want to eat GMO will be eating it, no matter what. Let them. But I want GMO labeling.

            I end this conversation. See you somewhere else.