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Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)


According to the GMA website (above), GMA represents the "Makers of the World's Favorite Food, Beverage and Consumer Products," serving as "the voice of more than 300 businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry and closely related fields."

Yet, some of the largest corporations in the GMA are not what consumers would define as food and beverage suppliers. Rather, they are companies with deep interests in genetically modified products used to create foods and beverages for consumption by humans and animals.

Note: These are just the 15 GMA brands that are most popular among consumers. To view a shortlist of well-known companies that are members of the GMA, click here.

Organic & Natural 'Traitor Brand' Boycott

Boycott the organic and "natural" brands whose parent companies, all members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), donated millions to defeat the Prop 37 (CA) and I-522 (WA) state ballot initiatives to label GMOs.

Bayer CropScience


What They Do: A world leader in the areas of crop protection, pest control, GM seeds and plant biotechnology.

What They Produce: Key crops are cotton, fruits & vegetables (grapes, pecans, peanuts), corn, oilseeds, rice, soybeans, wheat, sugar beets, sugar cane.

Associated with the following:

  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Seeds (for commercial farming)

Full Brands Page: http://www.cropscience.bayer.com/en/Products-and-Innovation/Brands.aspx

ConAgra Foods


What They Do: They began in 1861 as the Gilbert C. Van Camp Co., manufacturers of canned pork & beans. Today they are one of North America's largest food companies.

What They Produce: Canned and packaged foods, including frozen foods and packaged meats.

Associated with the following:


Traitor Brands

Full Brands Page: http://www.conagrafoods.com/our-food/brands



What They Do: DuPont is involved in biotechnology, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Its GM corn, rice, soybean and other seed business is the second largest in the world.

What They Produce: Hybrid rice, drought-tolerant seeds, additives & modifiers, pet food antioxidants, emulsifiers, enzymes and antimicrobials, carrageenan, colors, and materials for many industries including electronics, healthcare, plastics, automotive, and packaging.

Associated with the following:


Full Brands Page: http://duponttools.force.com/ppf/ppfa_z?lang=EN_US&country=USA&letterSelected=All

Dow AgroSciences


What They Do: Based in Indiana and with customers in over 130 countries, Dow AgroSciences provides a variety of products and services that include hybrid and seed varieties, crop-enhancing traits, crop protection products, post-harvest commodity protection, vegetation management solutions, residential pest control, turf and ornamental products, and oils. A joint venture with Eli Lilly and Co. in 1989 created DowElanco; in 1997, The Dow Chemical Company acquired full ownership and changed the name to Dow AgroSciences. The company’s global sales in 2013 were $7.1 billion.

Dow AgroSciences also makes a veterinary vaccine against Newcastle disease that is produced in plant cells.

What They Produce: Dow AgroSciences’ products include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants, nitrogen stabilizers, seeds, traits, and oils.

Associated with the following:


Full Brands Page: http://www.dowagro.com/products/

BASF Plant Science


What They Do: Founded in 1998 as a FASF Group subsidiary, BASF Plant Science bills itself as the world’s leading chemical company and leading research and technology platform for plant biotechnology. The company says its mission is to “deliver more with less” through genetic modification of plants. The company has 112,000 employees with more than 376 production sites around the world. It collaborates with other leading seed, food and feed companies. Its "special milestones," according to the company website, include genetically modified, herbicide-resistant soybeans in 2009, and most recently, the world’s first genetically modified, drought-resistant corn (developed jointly with Monsanto).

What They Produce: Genetically modified corn, cotton, canola, sugarcane, soybeans, fungicides, and herbicides. It also is experimenting with genetically “enhanced” potatoes and sugar beets.

Associated with the following:




What They Do: Monsanto creates GM (biotech) seeds and weed control products. Monsanto is the largest biotech, GM seed producer in the world. Monsanto also made Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or BST) called Posilac to inject into cows to increase milk production until it sold this division to Eli Lilly in 2008.

What They Produce: RoundUp Ready crops include maize (corn), soybeans, wheat, sorghum, canola (oil seed rape), cotton and sugar beets and sugar cane seeds. Rice, wheat and potatoes are in the pipeline, as well as herbicide-tolerant trees.

Associated with the following:


Full Brands Page: http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/default.aspx



What They Do: Syngenta creates GM corn and soybean seed and seed treatments, and landscape and pest management products for golf courses, sports pitches and recreational amenities. Syngenta also produces non-GM hybrid seeds.

What They Produce: Syngenta makes insecticides, fungicides and GM seeds.

Associated with the following:


Full Brands Page: http://www.syngenta.com/global/corporate/en/investor-relations/company-profile/Pages/products-and-brands.aspx

Eli Lilly and Co.


What They Do: Eli Lilly, through its Elanco division, develops and markets products for animal health and food animal production in 100 countries. Elanco's current product line concentrates on four therapeutic classes: antibacterials, parasiticides, anticoccidials, and productivity enhancers.

What They Produce: Through its Elanco division, Eli Lilly makes Posilac, which it acquired from Monsanto in 2008. Posilac is a Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or BST) that is injected into cows to increase milk production. Elanco also makes antibacterials, vaccines and parasiticides for controlling disease in food animals, and "productivity enhancers" to increase the amount of meat, milk, or eggs from each animal.

Associated with the following:


Full Brands Page: http://www.lilly.com/products/Pages/default.aspx



What They Do: One of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Merck manufactures various over-the-counter drugs, prescription products, human vaccines, animal health products and vaccines, and publishes numerous books and medical manuals.

According to Merck's mission statement, Merck's mission is "to discover, develop and provide innovative products and services that save and improve lives around the world." In 2014, Merck's market cap is worth $146 billion, according 24/7 Wall Street. Merck's history goes back to 1654, when Angel Pharmacy was formed. In 1668, Jacob Friedrick Merck acquired Angel Pharmacy, and in 1827, E. Merck began its manufacturing operations in Germany It became an American company after it was confiscated by the US government during WWI.

What They Produce: Various drugs such as statins, cold remedies and antacids, vaccines, biologic therapies, consumer care and animal health products.

Associated with the following:


Full Brands Page: https://www.merck.com/product/home.html



What They Do: Cargill is the largest private company in the US, a multinational corporation that involves trading, purchasing and distributing seed grain, malt barley (for beer) and other agricultural commodities such as palm oil, cotton, sugar, and cocoa. It produces food ingredients such as sweeteners, oils and shortenings for processed foods and industrial use. Cargill also is involved in trading in energy steel and transport and the raising of livestock and production of feed. It also operates a large financial services arm. In India, Cargill Foods India process, refines and markets indigenous and imported edible oils, fats and blends for the retail, food service sector and beverage industry.

Cargill Sugar trades raw sugar in bulk, white sugar in bags or containers, and ethanol. It originates sugar from the world's leading sugar producing countries, including Brazil, where it co-owns and operates a major sugar export terminal. It ships and distributes sugar through offices in China, Russa and other countries.

What They Produce: Wheat, corn, rice and soy glutens and flours, sorghum syrups, high fructose corn syrups, dry and liquid sugars, textured flours, oils and soy proteins, lecithins, malt, proteins, starches & derivatives, texturizers and emulsifiers, purified and coarse sea salts, sweeteners, cocoa & chocolate, fats & oils, food ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen, fermented whole wheat and arachadonic acid (ARA). It also is the only producer of Alberger process salt in the US, which is used in the fast-food and prepared food industries.

Cargill also has more than 200 ethanol refineries in the US.

Associated with the following:


Full Brands Page: http://www.cargill.com/products/index.jsp

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)


What They Do: With more than 265 processing plants, ADM converts corn, oilseeds, cocoa, wheat and other crops into food, feed, and fuel. According to the website Seeking Alpha, ADM "essentially works as a middleman between farmer and consumer." In 2012 they recorded over $90 billion in sales.

What They Produce: Beverage alcohol, baking ingredients, cereal ingredients, emulsifiers, lysine, soy starches and proteins, lecithin and corn sweeteners for chocolate-making, meat processing, beverages and flavored dairy products. Its sweetener products include corn syrups, high-fructose corn syrups, maltodextrin, crystalline fructose and dextrose.

ADM also makes animal feed pre-mix that is produced in Dalian, China, for livestock, poultry, dairy and aquaculture. In 2005 ADM opened a trading office in Shanghai to manage specialty food ingredients such as soy isoflavones, lecithin, xanthan gum, acidulants, vitamin E and cocoa products.

ADM also is a world leader in cocoa, cocoa powders and chocolate products, as well as a major international supplier of rice, including long, medium and short grain.

Associated with the following:


Full Brands Page: http://www.adm.com/en-US/products/brands/Pages/default.aspx

General Mills


What They Do: General Mills is one of the world's largest food companies making and packaging processed foods. In 2012 General Mills contributed $1,135,300 to oppose California's Proposition 37 requiring mandatory food labeling of GMOs.

What They Produce: Refrigerated yogurt, ready-to-eat cereals, ready-to-serve soups, dry dinners, shelf-stable and frozen vegetables, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, grains, fruit and savory snacks, ice cream and frozen desserts and grain snacks, as well as a range of organic products including soups, granola bars and cereals.

Associated with the following:


Traitor Brands

Full Brands Page: http://www.generalmills.com/brands

Campbell Soup Company


What They Do: Campbell's Soup Company is an S&P 500 company founded in 1869 with headquarters in New Jersey and annual sales of $8 billion. Its convenience food products – which are split into three divisions – are sold in 120 countries around the world in the form of Soup & Simple Meals, Snacks, and Beverages. Campbell's Food Service provides food products to restaurants, schools, colleges & universities, health care, and adult cash and convenience stores and delis. Campbell's also runs the Labels for Education program in schools.

Campbell's Culinary & Baking Institute consists of a global network of chefs, bakers and culinary professionals that help identify emerging trends in foods, nutrition, and food choices.

What They Produce: Processed soups and food products including snacks, sauces, cookies, crackers, juices, broths, and pasta sauces.

Associated with the following:


Traitor Brands

Full Brands List: http://www.campbellsoupcompany.com/campbell-brands

J.M. Smucker Company


What They Do: Based in Orrville, Ohio, and founded in 1897, the J.M. Smucker Company manufactures processed foods and beverages.

What They Produce: Its first product was apple butter. Today the company makes spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, health and natural foods, and beverages.

Smucker Foodservice is a division of J.M. Smucker that specializes in foods used by foodservice professionals.

Associated with the following:


Traitor Brands

Full Brands List: http://www.smuckersfoodservice.com/brands.cfm

Kraft Foods


What They Do: Kraft is one of the largest food and beverage businesses in North America.

What They Produce: Kraft makes and markets food and drink products including beverages, coffee, cheese and other grocery products.

Associated with the following:


Traitor Brands

Full Brands Page: http://www.mondelezinternational.com/brand-family



What They Do: Starbucks owns and operates more than 19,767 retail stores in over 60 countries. The company also sells coffee and tea products, both brew and ready-to-drink, fresh foods, and merchandise.

The Starbucks Foundation was established in 1997.

What They Produce: Ready-to-drink bottled coffee drinks, handcrafted fresh-brewed coffee and tea in individual shops, and more than 30 blends and single-origin, whole bean and ground premium coffees.

Associated with the following:


Traitor Brands



What They Do: Based in Switzerland, Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company. In 2011 it was listed as No. 1 in the Fortune Global 500 as the world's most profitable corporation. In 2013 it was No. 9 on the FT Global 500 according to March 2013.

What They Produce: Nestlé's products include baby foods, cereals, chocolate & confectionery candies, coffee, frozen foods, dairy products, drinks such as Juicy Juice, Nesquik and Nestea, ice cream, pet foods, powdered and liquid nutrition supplements ("boosters"), and bottled water including pure spring water and sparkling waters such as Perrier.

Associated with the following:


Traitor Brands

Full Brands Page: http://www.nestle.com/brands



What They Do: Coca-Cola is the world's largest beverage company. Coca-Cola Consolidated is the second-largest marketer, producer and distributor of Coca-Cola products.

What They Produce: Snack and breakfast beverages

Associated with the following:


Traitor Brands

Full Brands Page: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/brands/the-coca-cola-company/

Is it likely that the truth is no match for corporate greed? It is your right to know what's in your food, but the anti-GMO labeling movement, headed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), will stop at nothing to prevent food transparency. This wheel shows the big names in food, beverage, and biotech industries that make up the GMA. Discover more about these corporations by clicking the logos within the wheel below.


A Short List of Other Well-known GMA Members

This "short list" was culled from the original full list of GMA members at this link: http://www.gmaonline.org/forms/MemberDirectory/viewMemberDirectoryAll

Meet the GMA Members

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Many of the leading anti-GMO labeling supporters are members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – majority of which are the creators of the foods you and your family may be eating right now. They say they're on your side, but their actions clearly show that they want to keep you in the dark about what's in the food you eat. They are not to be trusted – their products deserve a boycott.

This infographic shows the top 15 GMA corporations, along with other businesses and companies that are bent on defeating GMO labeling.

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Why the GMA and These Brands Deserve Your Boycott

Actions speak louder than words – this is true for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other anti-GMO labeling groups. They say that they have consumers' best interests at heart, but you should beware of their silent workings. In this video, meet the well-known members of the GMA, learn how they fight GMO labeling tooth and nail (doing even what is outside the legal), and why a widespread boycott is in order.

Hear What True GMO Labeling Advocates Have to Say

If you dig deeper, you'll find that the GMA and leading consumer brands opposed to GMO labeling aren't fighting for you and your health – they're fighting for themselves and their personal interests, which are billions of dollars at stake. In these quotes, loyal and committed supporters of GMO labeling say why the time is ripe to fight for your freedom to know what's in your food.

  • "Why Would They?" - Former plant manager for Monsanto, William Papageorge, when asked in a deposition whether Monsanto officials ever shared their knowledge about PCB hazards with the community. Monsanto created virtually all of the PCBs in the U.S. and is a "potentially responsible party" at 93 Superfund sites identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • "We can't afford to lose one dollar of business," - One internal memo among thousands of Monsanto documents marked "CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy".
  • "If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." - Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994
  • "Imagine the internet as a weapon, sitting on a table. Either you use it or your opponent does, but somebody's going to get killed." - Former Monsanto Head of Public Relations Jay Byrne, 2001.
  • "Food labeling. It has Monsanto's full backing" - Jay Byrne, a Monsanto spokesman, observed that Monsanto has supported labeling of products where people demand it. Monsanto makes many statements that deceive the general public.
  • "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job." - Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications

Helpful Guides to Get You Started

These helpful guides are excellent resources to help identify GMO companies to boycott and to help spread the word and Increase awareness about the dangers of GMO's.

Seedy Business
Spinning Food
Non-GMO Shopping Tips
Tratror Brands

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