Just Say ‘O No!’ to Safeway’s O Organics™ Brand!


Safeway has its own line of private-label organic products - O Organics™ - for one reason: the giant grocery chain wants a piece of the growing market for organic foods.  But before you purchase an O Organics product, remember this: Safeway is a dues-paying member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which donated $2 million to defeat GMO labeling in California, and is so far, the largest donor to the campaign to defeat GMO labeling in Washington State.

Please sign the letter below. Tell executives at Safeway that you won’t buy its O Organic products until it pulls out of the GMA, donates to Washington’s I-522 campaign, and publicly commits to never selling genetically engineered seafood, if the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approves it.

The GMA is a notoriously corrupt and well-funded junk food lobby group with a long, sordid history of undermining public health, endangering children and polluting the environment. Last year, the GMA donated over $2 million to help narrowly defeat California’s Proposition 37, a citizens’ initiative that would have required mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

And now, the GMA is at it again. On May 5, 2013, the group contributed $472,500 (twice the amount given by the next largest donor) to the campaign to defeat I-522, a GMO labeling initiative that will be on the ballot in Washington State on Tuesday, Nov., 5, in Washington State.

If we want to win the battle for the future of our food, we must spend our money strategically. Companies like Safeway, that cozy up to corrupt industry lobby groups instead of supporting our right to know, don’t deserve our hard-earned dollars.

It’s time to take to the phones, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts and tell Safeway: We won’t buy your O Organics products until you support our right to know what’s in our food.

 “O” Safeway: Just Commit to Not Selling Frankenfish!


The GMA’s commitment to protecting member profits at the expense of the public good is legendary. The lobby giant is on record claiming that high fructose corn syrup is “natural.” The group opposes, and defeats, state efforts to remove junk food and soda from school vending machines, and it aggressively fights any and all attempts to restrict junk food marketing to kids. The GMA even helped found the Alliance for American Advertising, “whose
stated purpose was to defend the food industry's alleged First Amendment right to advertise to children.”

But Safeway’s GMA membership isn’t the only reason to boycott the store. The grocery chain has also refused to commit to not selling genetically engineered (GE) seafood, if (probably when) the FDA approves it. While we were pleased by its recent statement that it has “no plans” to sell Frankenfish, the grocery chain fell far short of the promises made by over 4,400 U.S. grocery stores that have promised not to sell it. Safeway would do well to
heed the call of the nearly 95% of Americans that don’t want a potentially hazardous, untested fish sold to unsuspecting shoppers!

The Writing is On the Wall

GMO labeling laws have passed the Connecticut and Maine legislatures, 90% of Americans support the right to know, and two dozen states are currently pursuing GMO labeling initiatives. The question is no longer “if” Americans will win this fundamental right currently enjoyed by the citizens of 64 other countries, it’s “when”. Safeway needs to read the writing on the wall or lose our business forever.
 
Please sign the letter below. Tell executives at Safeway that you won’t buy its O Organic products until it pulls out of the GMA, donates to Washington’s I-522 campaign, and publicly commits to never selling genetically engineered seafood, if the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approves it.
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