Boycott ConAgra’s Orville Redenbacher and other Organic Brands!

The next time you see Orville Redenbacher’s friendly face smiling back at you from the grocery shelf, remember this: Orville’s popcorn, yes, even his organic variety, is owned by ConAgra, which spent nearly $1.2 million to defeat Prop 37, the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative. ConAgra’s organic subsidiaries – none of which endorsed Prop 37 or donated a dollar to help it pass - include Orville Redenbacher’s Organic Popcorn, Hunt’s Organics, Lightlife, PAM Organic, and Alexia Foods.

Please sign the letter below. Tell executives at ConAgra and its organic subsidiaries, including Orville Redenbacher and Hunts Organic, that you won’t buy their products until they support state GMO labeling campaigns and discontinue all financial support for anti-labeling efforts.

ConAgra is one of the largest GMO-saturated junk food conglomerates in the world, with a long anti-health, anti-worker and anti-environment rap sheet. The company was also a major donor to the campaign to defeat a similar GMO labeling initiative in Oregon in 2002.

Don’t want your money going to defeat your right to know? Then don’t buy any ConAgra products, including its organic brands or its not-so-healthy Healthy Choice brand.

ConAgra: How do we despise thee? Let us count the ways!
The organic and “natural” food segment is growing, and ConAgra wants a slice of that pie. That’s why it buys up brands like Orville Redenbacher’s, Hunts and others that already have organic lines. But behind its token organic offerings, lies a history of anti-consumerism:


•    In 2012, ConAgra quietly reneged on its widely praised 2005 decision to remove High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) from its Hunt’s Ketchup. Commenting on why the company was switching back to HFCS, it claimed demand for the product was “not as strong as expected.”

•    ConAgra was sued in 2011 for claiming four Wesson oil varieties containing GMOs were “100% Natural.” The good news? The lawsuit drew attention to the all-too-common practice of deceptive labeling.
 
•    On October 11, 2007, ConAgra asked stores to pull the Banquet and generic brand chicken and turkey pot pies that, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), resulted in salmonella poisoning of at least 401individuals from 41 states.

•    In February 2007, ConAgra recalled jars of Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter because they were linked to a Salmonella outbreak. Ultimately, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) documented more than 628 individuals who were stricken with salmonella poisoning in 47 states.

•    In 2007, ConAgra scored a six out of 100 in "The Climate Counts Company Scorecard Report." The report judged companies on their commitment to reversing climate change.
 
•    In May 2003, ConAgra and its subsidiary Gilroy Foods agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
 
•    In 2002, ConAgra recalled 19 million pounds of ground beef with E. coli bacterial contamination. It was the third largest recall up to that time.

•    In 1997, ConAgra pled guilty to federal criminal charges that its Peavey Grain unit illegally sprayed water on stored grain to increase its weigh and value, and also that the company bribed federal inspectors. ConAgra agreed to pay an $8.3 million fine.

•     According to the Multinational Monitor, ConAgra was named one of the 'Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the 1990s' for fraud, with fines of $4.4 million.


Please sign the letter below. Tell executives at ConAgra and its organic subsidiaries, including Orville Redenbacher and Hunts Organic, that you won’t buy their products until they support state GMO labeling campaigns and discontinue all financial support for anti-labeling efforts.