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Assume shoppers don’t have a lot energy? Assume once more. 

It might have taken a number of years, however shoppers can take the lion’s share of credit score for bringing down Large Meals’s $2-billion lobbying group.

Again within the day earlier than Congress killed shoppers’ proper to find out about GMOs, the Grocery Producers Affiliation (GMA) spent thousands and thousands of {dollars} in California to defeat a citizen poll initiative in 2012 that may have required labels on GMO meals.

That made the GMA and its members—together with natural and pure manufacturers owned by Large Meals firms—favourite targets of pro-labeling shoppers. 

Manufacturers weren’t too joyful about that. So when the same initiative got here on the poll in Washington, the GMA tried to guard Large Manufacturers by illegally laundering donations to the anti-labeling marketing campaign.

From then on, it was all downhill for Monsanto’s Evil Twin.  

The state of Washington swooped in and sued the GMA. In an announcement, then-Legal professional Basic Bob Ferguson mentioned:

“Really honest elections demand all sides observe the foundations by disclosing who their donors are and the way a lot they’re spending to advocate their views.”

True to kind, the GMA fought the lawsuit—and continues to be preventing it. 

Capital Press reported final week that the GMA is asking the Washington Supreme Courtroom to overturn the document nice the commerce group was ordered to pay.

The GMA’s assault on shoppers’ proper to know inflicted a lot injury on member manufacturers, that one after the other, manufacturers left the commerce group—and took their membership dues with them.

Between the lawsuit and the membership mass exodus, the GMA discovered itself struggling. What to do?

Rebrand itself, after all. The group not too long ago introduced that it’s going to now name itself the Client Manufacturers Affiliation.

The GMA was as soon as a $2-billion lobbying powerhouse. Client stress led the group to launder donations so as to relieve that stress . . . which led to a lawsuit that tainted the group’s personal “model” . . . and which in the end led the patron manufacturers that funded the GMA to leap ship.

Will altering its identify to the Client Manufacturers Affiliation be sufficient to erase its sordid, anti-consumer previous?

Time will inform.

Katherine Paul is affiliate director of the Natural Shoppers Affiliation (OCA). To maintain up with OCA information and alerts, join our publication.