How You and ANH-USA Stood Up to Broken Laws, Three Big Lies, and $22 Million in Biotech Lobbying
November 5, 2013
Over the past month, you and ANH-USA have worked hard to educate the people and fight Big Food and Big Biotech misinformation campaigns.
“No on 522,” the industry backed group leading the anti-GMO labeling push in Washington State, raised nearly $22 million to defeat the initiative, smashing Washington State’s previous fundraising record for any state-wide initiative campaign. Monsanto gave nearly $5.4 million to keep consumers from knowing what’s in the food they feed their families, while the Grocery Manufacturers Association gave $11 million (and got sued by the Washington State Attorney General for illegally collecting and spending $7 million of it—whoops!).
Washington State wasn’t our first battle of this kind: we were actively involved in California’s Prop 37 campaign, and knew from the start that Big Business would be slinging millions, as well as their three big, favorite lies. This is why we proactively launched a comprehensive, multi-platform public education campaign based on three separate independent studies:
- Lie #1: “GMO labeling is bad for the economy!” Dr. Joanna Shepherd-Bailey’s report detailed how NOT labeling GMOs actually hurts the economy; makes the food industry less competitive worldwide; has a negative impact on food exports, imports, and jobs; diminishes tax revenue; and has a ripple affect on other associated industries.
- Lie #2: “GMO labeling will raise grocery prices!” Another report by Dr. Shepherd-Bailey showed how GMO labeling will NOT increase food prices.
- Lie #3: “GMOs are better for farmers!” ANH-USA’s newest report, with research support and herbicide use data provided Dr. Chuck Benbrook of Washington State University debunked the myth that GMOs help farmers produce more and healthier crops—and uncovered the shocking agricultural, economic, environmental, and human health consequences of increased glyphosate (a major ingredient in GMO herbicide) use.
The report’s findings were so compelling that ANH-USA has released this excusive informative video on how glyphosate and glyphosate-resistant weeds can affect your family.