Can we talk for a moment? Pull up a chair, I need to get something off my chest.
We all love children, correct? We all support education and schools, correct?
Well, let’s say, most of the time we do!
“Do it for the kids!” “Do it for the schools!” “Protect the children!”
Big Food and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are fighting tooth and nail to avoid mandatory labeling of genetically modified food. Their claim is that labeling will increase food prices, more children will go hungry, groceries will cost too much. Yet ‘they’ can pour millions of dollars toward defeating mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients, all the while marketing those same products to our children, through labeling.
We are buying it and our children are their pawns..
Can we talk about Box Tops for Education?
Elementary schools run classroom contests and competitions for the most labels turned in. The kids compete for every box top. Talk about peer pressure!
Tears have been shed over not having ‘Box Tops’ to turn in. Without ‘Box Tops’, children are unworthy, shunned, they have let the class and teachers down.
Is this just another form of bullying?
What an amazing labeling / marketing strategy!
Kids have a lot of clout over what we purchase. and they want that ‘Box Top’.
‘Big Food’ knows that they must also appeal to the actual purchaser, Mom and Dad. As parents, we don’t want to feel guilty about feeding our kids ‘processed food’.
They have that covered too. Look at that!
‘WHOLE GRAIN’ and a ‘Box Top’ too!
It must be good! Right?
TBHQ The name is so long that they don’t even spell it out. Tertiary Butylhydroquinone
I have made a lot of tortillas and never reached for Palm Oil or TBHQ.
‘Since 1938’ Old El Paso has been around a LONG time, that makes you feel better, doesn’t it?
I am quite sure that in 1938 this product did not exist. No Palm Oil, no TBHQ and I don’t think that in 1938 ‘GENERAL MILLS SALES, INC.” owned or marketed this product.
But labeling is too expensive, right?
This is just one example of thousands of products. Many have far more extensive and detailed ingredient lists.
“It’s for the kids!” Our children are being used to promote and market these products in the name of Education. Maybe, just maybe, if our children were not subjected to GMO ingredients, Palm oil ,TBHQ and the whole host of other additives, dyes and chemicals they would have a better chance at being prosperous students and lead long and healthy lives.
“Protect the Children!” Indeed, let us protect our children! Our children are being brainwashed and used to market products that very well may lead to their ultimate demise.
Label GMO Ingredients Give us a choice. Labeling obviously doesn’t cost that much, ‘Big Food’ puts a lot of thought, effort, and money into labeling their products. They are very good at labeling. It is time to stop throwing away millions and millions of dollars to defeat GMO labeling laws and put that money toward honest labeling. Tell us what is really in our food!
Now is the time to truly educate ourselves and our children. Is that ‘Box Top’ valued at 10 cents, worth allowing our children to be used as a marketing tool? Is it worth the long term consequences?
I would rather have my child make a direct donation than to fall prey to “Big Food” advertising.
It is time to speak with our dollars.
It is time to get back to basics.
It is time to take a stand.
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Your thoughts, please?