Remember this name: The Mellman Group.
In my last several articles, and a number of earlier pieces (complete archive here), I’ve been highly critical of the anti-GMO political movement in America.
Whereas many other nations have chosen to enact full or partial bans on GMO food, in the US we have had…what?
Something much weaker. Ballot initiatives, which attempted to make GMO labels on food mandatory.
The monotonous and soft slogans? “You have a right to know what’s in your food.” “The right to choose.”
All four of these ballot campaigns have failed: California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado.
Where did these dumbed-down weak slogans come from?
They were justified as a result of a 2012 poll conducted for Just Label It, Gary Hirshberg’s organization.
Hirshberg supported, in election campaigns, two of Monsanto’s most influential political allies in the world: Tom Vilsack, now the head of the US Dept. of Agriculture, and Barack Obama, who has opened the door to the largest parade of new GMO crops yet permitted.
Who conducted that poll for Just Label It and Hirshberg?
A powerful PR agency based in Washington DC: The Mellman Group.
In 2012, the Mellman Group’s poll yielded this result: 91% of the 1000 voters surveyed said they wanted GMO labeling, and this conclusion was interpreted as “consumers have a right to know what’s in their food.”
So that became the single mantra in the ballot measures.
Who has The Mellman Group represented? Get a load of a few of its clients:
Coca Cola. Nestle. Pepsico. The FDA. The World Bank. Do these names mean anything special to you?
Coca Cola, Pepsico, and Nestle were major funders AGAINST passage of the GMO-labeling initiatives in Western states.
The FDA is the criminal agency that allowed GMO crops through the door, to begin with, in 1996, by saying, based on zero research, that GMO and non-GMO crops were identical.
The World Bank heads up massive land-grab actions in Africa to turn small farms into corporate plantations, certainly featuring GMO crops.
How incredibly bizarre was it to go to The Mellman Group for a good poll that would determine the future course of the anti-GMO movement in America?
Stupid? Crazy? Naïve? Or intentional?
In case you think that PR firms, like defense lawyers, simply take on clients and push any cause for money, consider that the mega-corporations mentioned above, and the FDA and the World Bank, are not just Mellman’s clients. They wield enormous influence in the world. They are special and favored.
Would you walk into Mellman’s lion’s den and ask the firm to do a crucial poll for you, if your objectives were directly opposite to those of Mellman’s biggest clients?
Would you rely on the way the poll was conducted, and the results? Would you base your most important future actions on those results?
Are you kidding?
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com