Millions Against Monsanto campaign funded by Rockefeller and Merck!Submitted by annica2 on Fri, 09/09/2011 - 22:03
The so called "Organic" Consumer's Association released this response.... http://www.activistpost.com/2011/01/reponse-to-false-accusat... after activists started calling them out for their Merck and Rockefeller funding after finding it a little fishy that they would attack Whole Foods so much rather than Monsanto, who they claim to be against, especially considering Whole Foods is probably Monsanto's largest competition.... they are the country's largest distributor of organic, non-gmo foods, and they lead efforts all over the world to promote organic farming. The OCA just released another Whole Foods attack piece(also promoted on the "Millions against Monsanto" facebook page) and I inquired again about their funding before I was banned from the group and my comments were deleted. The first comment on this blog really articulated why the OCA's response to the accusations concerning their funding just doesn't cut it, and this is the comment:
"The comments below were submitted to us directly via e-mail by Marti Oakley from The PPJ Gazette.
Merck, in any of its forms is funded by Merch Pharma. Merck foundations, advisory groups, philanthropic associations et al., are funded with Merck family money all derived from all of Merck's current and historical endeavors. I agree that what our ancestors did should not dictate how we in the next generations are perceived. I agree with that as long as those generations extricate themselves from those things and refuse to accept the benefits derived from what those ancestors did. Of course, this does not happen.
The fact of the matter is this: This IS the Merck family. This IS the Merck family fortune accumulated through activities most of us would find repugnant. Setting up "philanthropic" or other benign sounding public entities in an attempt to re-manufacture a more acceptable public image does not change that.
OCA was caught with their hands in both cookie jars. On the one hand begging money from their subscribers claiming of course they needed these funds to keep up their good work, and on the other hand, taking money from the same corporations they claimed to be fighting.
Grants have been deemed by the Supreme Court to be contracts. Grants are not given to applicants who do not express an alignment with the foundations premise or goals. So, if one applies for a grant to a specific foundation or other entity offering grants, it is done with full knowledge that what you need grant money for.....is to promote or encourage in some way what the foundation stands for and this is dictated by who funds the foundation.
These supposed separations in various factions of family business, occur only on paper. These separations exist only on paper.
I have watched this situation since it began. The first excuses given were that it wasn't the same Merck family. When that was exposed as false, it became...
Well...it isn't money from Merch pharma, and when that was proven false...
It was just grant money from the good Merck families and it isn't connected....and this is also false.
As for the neotame issue mentioned: We contacted the FDA regarding the use of neotame and when or if it was or was not allowed in organics. They refused to answer any questions and basically ended by saying that no decisions regarding neotame in organics had as yet been made as no adequate studies had been completed to determine its affects on organics.
OCA is either misleading its readers, or OCA has not carefully dissected the FDA/USDA regulations. A perusal of the "exceptions" and special provisions, loopholes, etc., regarding neotame tells a far different story. In fact, reading that section will highlight the fact that nearly anything is permissible regarding labeling as "organic" as long as you can jump through any one of dozens of loopholes written specifically to accommodate corporate producers.
For me OCA lost any credibility back when they came out with their Internet Myths email about HR 875. Penned by Judith McGreary for OCA, it claimed there were no provisions in HR 875 that would affect family farms, farmers markets or numerous other pertinent issues."
This is very relevant to the DP in my opinion, because the CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey is a big Dr. Paul supporter, who explained his support for him in an interview last year. The OCA is making Whole Foods look like some kind of elite corporation like Wal-Mart or something along the lines...kind of absurd and a little telling considering their funding.