Organic producers: Drop out of the outrageous anti-GMO labeling lawsuit
This May, Vermont passed a historic GMO labeling bill into law, setting the stage for states across the country to follow suit and protect our right to know what's in our food.
But now the law is under attack from the unlikeliest of places. Four of the country’s largest organic dairy producers are part of an industry-led lawsuit to overturn Vermont’s landmark law and keep people in the dark about what we're eating.1
Stonyfield Farms, Organic Valley, Aurora Organic, and Horizon Organic all belong to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) which has joined the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s deep-pocketed lawsuit against the state of Vermont.
We must pressure these companies to end their membership in the IDFA and stand with consumers, not anti-GMO labeling special interests.
Sign the petition: Urge Stonyfield Farms, Organic Valley, Aurora Organic, and Horizon Organic to end their role in the attack on GMO labeling.
If this lawsuit to invalidate Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law is successful, it will set a dangerous precedent for GMO labeling laws across the country.
Not only will other states with pending legislation see their efforts stalled by more special interest lawsuits, but any chance for a national GMO labeling standard could be in jeopardy.
It is worth noting that the four organic dairy producers we’re targeting with this campaign have all voiced support for GMO labeling and oppose the IDFA’s lawsuit.2 But at the same time, the lawsuit states that “Plaintiffs represent manufacturers who are subject to the Act, who fundamentally disagree with the message it forces them to convey…” As long as these companies are in the IDFA, they are participating in the effort to strike down Vermont’s GMO labeling act.
Sign the petition now: Tell Stonyfield Farms, Organic Valley, Aurora Organic, and Horizon Organic to end their role in the attack on GMO labeling.
What's more, Stonyfield Farms, Aurora Organic and Horizon Organic were signatories to a July 8 letter to the Organic Consumers Association, which equivocated on support for state GMO labeling initiatives, saying, “while the undersigned companies support the spirit of these state initiatives, we continue to believe that different state standards will make it difficult for national companies to market their products.”
Given the Tea Party control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the fact that Republicans are poised to take control of the Senate, there is currently no viable path to a federal GMO labeling standard. As such, these organic companies' role in overturning Vermont's landmark GMO labeling law is working directly against our best opportunity to make progress in the fight to know what's in our food.
These companies can demonstrate their support for GMO labeling and organic food that their customers can trust by taking a stand now and ending their association with the IDFA.
Add your name to the petition and urge these organic dairy companies to drop their membership with the IDFA.
Thanks for fighting for GMO labeling.
1. OCA urges organic dairy industry to sever ties with IDFA, Dairy Reporter, August 5, 2014.
2. Stonyfield Farms, Organic Valley, Aurora Organic and Horizon Organic provided the following statement to CREDO: “Stonyfield, Organic Valley, Horizon, and Aurora Organic Dairy believe that the most effective option for fighting the IDFA's anti-labeling actions is to use the power of our memberships to voice our opposition to their approach. We have made it clear to the IDFA that we do not approve of their decision to join GMA’s lawsuit against the state of Vermont, and we are in ongoing discussions with them about their position.
Stonyfield, Organic Valley, Horizon, and Aurora Organic Dairy have a long history of providing direct financial support to campaigns for GMO labeling and have never opposed any state level campaign. Together, our companies have given a combined total of over $2 million to support both federal and state labeling campaigns. We believe that the state level GMO labeling campaigns are an important part of the strategy for achieving our goal of a national label on genetically modified foods.”