Center for Food Safety
Urge brands to commit to putting simple, on-package GMO labels on products that have been produced using genetic engineering.
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Be the Truth Tillamook: Say Goodbye to Mega-Dairies!
As loyal customers of Tillamook, we have long believed your advertising about the source of your milk: family farms in Tillamook county, raising cows humanely on pasture, letting them roam free on rolling green hills. Tillamook claims to be the answer to Big Food and “Dairy Done Right,” but in reality, the majority of the milk that goes into Tillamook dairy products, including the signature cheddar cheeses, comes from the nation’s largest industrial confinement mega-dairy in Eastern Oregon—quintessential “Big Food.” Threemile Canyon is permitted for 70,000 cows, or 100 times larger than a “large” dairy confined animal feeding operation, and produces more waste than Portland. Unlike small or mid-sized pasture-based dairies, industrial mega-dairies also use massive amounts of fresh water and are major polluters, generating huge quantities of waste that is disposed of—virtually untreated—on land where it can contaminate rivers, streams, and groundwater and harm wildlife. The noxious air emissions these facilities produce can threaten public health, contribute to climate change, and decrease visibility in special places like the Columbia Gorge. Tillamook bought milk from the disastrous Lost Valley Farm, before that operation (permitted for 30,000 cows) was shut down after racking up over 200 environmental violations in its year and a half of operation. A new operation (Easterday) has bought the Lost Valley Farm facility and has applied for another permit for nearly 30,000 cows. Sign and share today to tell Tillamook that customers want them to drop Big Dairy for good. Tillamook markets its products as sustainable and humane, but the conditions at these mega-dairies tell another story: cows are intensively confined with little or no access to pasture, and waste is concentrated in open-air pits to be sprayed on surrounding fields, emitting air pollutants with no government oversight. Tillamook has profited from the goodwill generated by its past practices and current marketing, but Tillamook is the “Big Food” industrial model it decries. That is why we demand that Tillamook say goodbye to mega-dairies. Tillamook must live up to its ideals and be the truth of what it claims in its advertising. This means sourcing from Oregon family farmers who raise animals humanely and sustainably on pasture, not mega-dairies that pollute surrounding communities and our special places, and contribute to climate change. Specifically we demand that Tillamook not source milk from mega-dairies like Threemile Canyon and the new Easterday mega-dairy replacing Lost Valley Farm, if it reopens. If Tillamook cannot be the truth of its advertising, it no longer deserves to profit from the name “Tillamook.” Until Tillamook makes these changes, we the undersigned will no longer purchase any Tillamook dairy products.
Coca-Cola Should Label GMOs on the Package!
It is now legal for Coca-Cola to hide genetically modified ingredients — like GMO corn and sugar — behind confusing barcodes. This means people like you will need to pull out a smart phone just to know what is in the food on your grocery list. USDA’s new 2020 labeling guidelines give corporations the option to label GMO ingredients with “QR” barcodes only accessible with a smartphone and special app. USDA also left a huge loophole open by allowing “highly refined” ingredients like GMO sugar and oils go unlabeled. When this change happens, Coca-Cola — a major purchaser of GMO sweeteners — will be able to leave consumers in the dark. This dangerous lack of transparency is why the Center for Food Safety is asking Coca-Cola to label the GMOs in its products on the package. If you agree, please sign and share today. We believe the proposed USDA guidelines are a direct result of lobbying by powerful GMO industry leaders designed to make it harder for families to know what is in their food. The impact will be felt even harder for the 100 million consumers — 1 in 3 — without smartphones or access to a broadband internet connection. USDA’s own study found that QR codes are inherently discriminatory against the one-third of Americans who do not own smartphones or those without access to the internet. And even for those with smartphones and internet, most people don’t associate QR codes with food ingredients and most consumers have trouble scanning them. Tell Coca-Cola not to hide GMO labels behind QR codes that you need a smartphone to access. To urge Coca-Cola to label GMOs in text on the package, add your support today.
Tell Kellogg’s to label GMO products right on the package!
Kellogg’s knows how important GMO labeling is. The company’s own website features survey results showing 83% of consumers agree that it’s important to label GMOs. But Kellogg’s has a plan to hide the facts. Kellogg’s proudly touts whenever its products do not contain GMO ingredients as “Non-GMO Project Verified.” And they do this with a clear label, front and center on the package. It is only when they are required to reveal GMO ingredients in the products that they resort to the QR code scam. Before the end of the year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is poised to require labeling of GMOs on food packaging for the first time ever. But Kellogg’s is not going to use a clear text or a symbol label on its product packaging to indicate that the product contains GMOs. Instead, if the USDA rules allow companies to use them, you will only see a QR code (a square symbol that resembles a bar code) on the packaging that will require a smartphone to interpret. Tell Kellogg’s to practice what it preaches and put GMO labels in text or a symbol on the package! Why is Kellogg’s using QR codes instead of clear, on packaging labeling of GMOs? Kellogg’s knows that over 100 million Americans do not have a smartphone or cannot afford a reliable broadband connection, and are therefore unable to scan QR codes. These are primarily the low-income, elderly, rural, and minority populations. This suits Kellogg’s just fine. Kellogg’s doesn’t care about these customers’ right to know. The company just wants to hide the fact that they are using GMOs from as many people as possible. Kellogg’s knows that a 2017 USDA study found that even the customers who own smartphones had trouble scanning these QR codes more than 85% of the time! The frustration and time waste of their customers trying and failing to scan the QR code apparently does not bother Kellogg’s. After all, the massive QR code failure rate keeps their customers in the dark on whether GMOs are in their products or not. Even for those of us who own a smart phone and are able to access a broadband connection in the grocery store, looking up the information once you’ve scanned the QR code is neither quick nor easy. Once you’ve scanned the code and the screen has loaded, Kellogg’s makes the user go through two additional steps by clicking on “more information” and then “GMO disclosure” just so you can find out if that product was produced with GMOs or not. With other companies following Kellogg’s lead, can imagine having to use your phone to scan every food product you buy in order to find out if it is produced using GMOs or not? It would take hours to look up everything in your shopping cart. You’re compromising your online privacy with each search. What if The Kellogg Company captures your phone information for future advertising? Or what if the SmartLabel™ app gets hacked and your information is leaked? Why should you have to put your private information at risk just to look up whether or not a product (or ten or twenty products) has been made using GMOs or not? Kellogg’s knows that most customers will not put up with this inconvenience, major time drain, and privacy risk involved using QR codes to look up the GMO content of its products. The company and others are intentionally using QR codes instead of on-package text labels to keep this information from as many people as possible. QR code “labeling” is a cynical sham. It is a way for Kellogg’s to hide GMO content, not disclose it. It is discriminatory and anti-consumer. Tell Kellogg’s that you will not buy their products until they commit to clear on-package text or symbol GMO labeling. Tell Kellogg’s to label GMO products where everyone can easily find them: right on the package!