Sept 13, 2013 | Prevent Disease | Marco Torres
All the biggest names in the food business use GMO. All of them! Together these eight companies make up more than 90% of food product inside grocery retailers. The worst part is that most of the organic food brands are owned by the same companies.
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I repeat, all of the above companies use genetically modified ingredients in their foods. Now if you look at the acquisitions of organic processors which occurred between December, 1997 when the draft USDA standard was released, and its full implementation in October, 2002, you'll find that more than 75% of them own organic brands, but few companies identify these ownership ties on product labels.
Heinz acquired a 19.5% stake in Hain Celestial in 1999 while also transferring ownership of their Earth's Best brand.
Most remaining independent organic processors have resisted substantial buyout offers (typically 2 times annual sales), but that doesn't mean they won't cave in the future.
Is it not time to ban the brands which lobby against GMO labeling and consistently use these ingredients in their foods?
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Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.