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GE Labeling Opponents Spend Big Money to Keep You in the Dark

Monday, September 8, 2014

Opponents of labeling foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients are ramping up efforts to keep you in the dark.

EWG’s Libby Foley writes:

"Companies and organizations opposed to labeling foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients disclosed $15.2 million in lobbying expenditures that made reference to GE labeling in the second quarter of 2014, according to analysis updating a July EWG report.  When combined with lobbying expenditures from the first quarter of 2014, these companies have disclosed $27.5 million in the first half of 2014 that made reference to GE labeling– nearly three times as much as they disclosed in all of 2013.”

Read the full article here.

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