Organic Consumers Association

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, collected $10.6 million in illegally laundered donations to help defeat Washington State’s GMO labeling initiative in 2013, is suing Vermont for passing a GMO labeling law in May 2014, and is behind the DARK Act, a federal bill to preempt states from passing mandatory GMO labeling laws.

And just to make it clear that Safeway doesn’t support labeling, on July 25, 2014, shareholders flatly rejected a motion that would have required the store to label GMOs (similar to what Whole Foods has agreed to do, voluntarily).

TAKE ACTION: Just Say ‘O No!’ to Safeway’s O Organics™ Brand! After you sign our letter to Safeway President & CEO Robert Edwards, call the company at 877-723-3929 and tell them you’re boycotting their O Organics™ Brand until the Safeway withdraws from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and publicly supports GMO labeling laws.

You can also post your message on Safeway’s Facebook page.

The folks who run Safeway (SWY), the second-largest supermarket chain in North America (and soon to be swallowed up by Albertson’s, to become and even bigger fish in the supermarket sea), have joined the chorus of politicians, corporations and mainstream media who say they oppose GMO labeling because it might “frighten” or “confuse” consumers.

At their annual shareholders meeting last week (July 25, 2014), shareholders rejected a proposal that would have forced the company to label foods containing GMOs.

Using words like “anti-scientific” and “fear-mongering,” and calling labeling activists “shameless,” the company parroted the industry line that GMOs are perfectly safe and labels will only unnecessarily “frighten” consumers.

We’re guessing the only ones who are frightened by the prospect of GMO labels are the junk food manufacturers who sell GMO-contaminated foods and the chemical companies that sell the toxic chemicals required to grow them.

Update on: July 31, 2014

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