Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Opponents Of GMO Labeling Raise Record $17 Million | Starbucks and Microsoft Members of GMA

Opponents Of GMO Labeling Raise Record $17 Million | KUOW News and Information:

"The Grocery Manufacturers Association counts among its members some big companies you’d expect, like General Mills, Hormel, Kellogg, Nestle, PepsiCo and Safeway.

It also includes a few Washington state companies you might not expect, like Starbucks and Microsoft.

The association has not disclosed where it obtained the funds that it’s spending on the Washington state race.

Starbucks spokesperson Alisha Damodaran said the company has not given any money to either side of the 522 campaign. She would not disclose the dues that Starbucks pays to be part of the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

“We have not taken a position on the issue of [genetically modified organism] labeling,” Damodaran said. “We continue to explore how we can best provide our customers the information they need to make informed decisions about their food and beverage choices.”

Microsoft spokespeople declined to respond to a request for information by KUOW’s deadline."

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