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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

His friends and family boycotting Coke

Letter to the Editor

After the narrow defeat in Washington, the public has learned that Coca-Cola had secretly contributed more than $1.5 million to the campaign against the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the state. Coca-Cola also contributed more than $1.7 million to defeat labeling in California the year before, making the company one of the largest contributors to the defeat of state labeling efforts.

Polls have repeatedly shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans – more than 90 percent in most polls – believe genetically engineered foods should be labeled. ...

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After the narrow defeat in Washington, the public has learned that Coca-Cola had secretly contributed more than $1.5 million to the campaign against the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the state. Coca-Cola also contributed more than $1.7 million to defeat labeling in California the year before, making the company one of the largest contributors to the defeat of state labeling efforts.

Polls have repeatedly shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans – more than 90 percent in most polls – believe genetically engineered foods should be labeled.

It’s time for company policy to respond to the growing demand for consumer choice. Many companies, including Unilever and Mars Inc., have already responded to consumer pressure and stopped giving money to fight food labeling. We are calling on Coca-Cola to join them.

Consumers have a right to know what’s in the food they buy and eat, including genetically modified foods.

Meanwhile, my friends and family are boycotting all Coca-Cola products, including Odwalla, Zico coconut water, Honest Tea, Simply Orange, Dasani and Vitamin Water.

Philip Fortini

Pelham