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Coca-Cola: Stop Funding Anti-Labeling Campaigns

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Coca-Cola: Stop Funding Anti-Labeling Campaigns

To be delivered to Muhtar Kent, CEO, the Coca-Cola Company

Petition Statement

I was disappointed to learn that Coca-Cola contributed more than $3.2 million to defeat the state initiatives to label genetically engineered foods (or GMOs) in California and Washington. Please stop trying to keep us in the dark about GE foods, and issue a public statement that Coca-Cola will no longer contribute money to anti-labeling efforts.
There are currently 42,939 signatures. NEW goal - We need 50,000 signatures!

Petition Background

What do Monsanto and Coke have in common? They’ve both spent millions of dollars to keep you in the dark about the foods you buy.

After the narrow defeat of a ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods in Washington State the public learned that Coca-Cola had secretly contributed more than $1.5 million to the campaign against GE labeling in the state. Coca-Cola also contributed more than $1.7 million to defeat GE labeling in California the year before, making the company one of the largest contributors to the defeat of state labeling efforts. Organizers in Oregon have just turned in signatures to get GE labeling on the ballot in November—let’s tell Coke to stay out of the election.

If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or MSG, you simply read the label. But if you want to know if it's genetically engineered (GE), you’re not going to find any information on the package. And Coca-Cola will spend millions to keep it that way—unless we force them not to.

While you may not purchase Coke, the company owns many brands that you might be purchasing, including Honest Tea, Honest Kids, Powerade, Odwalla, Peace Tea, Vitamin Water and Simply Orange. Coca-Cola has been funneling money gained from the sales of organic and non-GMO products like Honest Kids and Odwalla into the “no” campaigns to keep you eating and drinking in the dark.

Polls have repeatedly shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans—over 90% in most polls—believe GE foods should be labeled. It’s time for company policy to respond to the growing demand for consumer choice.

Sign the petition urging Coca-Cola to stop funding efforts to block the labeling of genetically engineered foods!

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More information:

[1] Junk Food Lobby Forced to Disclose Donors to its Secret "Defense of Brand Strategic Account":
http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/blog/2663/junk-food-lobby-forced-to-disclose-donors-to-its-secret-defense-of-brand-strategic-account

Contributions to the "No on I-522" campaign (6 donations totaling $1,520,350.00):
http://www.pdc.wa.gov/MvcQuerySystem/CommitteeData/contributions?param=R1JPQ01BIDAwNQ====&year=2013&type=initiative

Contributions to the "No on Prop 37" campaign ($1,700,500.00):
http://votersedge.org/california/ballot-measures/2012/november/prop-37/funding#.UrCJruKkuHY

For more information, visit www.cokeboycott.com.

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