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May. 2, 2013
Senator Barbara Boxer Visits Clif Bar HQ, Talks “Right-to-Know” Act
Matthew Dillon is Agricultural Policy and Program Manager for Clif Bar & Co and serves as the Cultivator for Clif Bar Family Foundation’s initiative, Seed Matters. From 2003–2010, Dillon served as Founding Director of Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) – the first organization to engage in seed education, research, and advocacy specifically for the organic community.

Today, Clif Bar & Company welcomed California Senator Barbara Boxer as part of her tour to promote the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, bipartisan legislation that would require clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

Senator Boxer at Clif HQ: Podium

The event also featured Jessica Lundberg of the Lundberg Family Farms and Charles Phan of the Slanted Door restaurant. Other attendees included media and thought leaders from the non-profit community, and other food companies who have been leaders in GMO labeling initiatives such as Amy’s Kitchen, Straus Family Creamery and Annie’s.

Senator Boxes Speaks at Clif

At Clif, we receive three common questions related to genetically-engineered foods.

1. Why does Clif support GMO labeling legislation?

As an organic food company, we’ve been committed to sourcing ingredients that are not genetically engineered since the late 90’s. This decision is based on our own values and a focus on organic ingredients. As for labeling, the simple truth is that labeling empowers people to make informed choices for their families.

We’ve heard from our own customers and they’re confused - they simply don’t know where to find the facts. This is why Clif Bar joined with the more than one million supporters of the “Just Label It” campaign in support of national labeling.

2. What can our consumers do to avoid genetically-engineered food?

Purchasing organic is one of the most effective ways to avoid GMOs in your food. Over 70 percent of Clif ingredients are certified organic, which means that ingredients are not genetically engineered. We also take the additional step of requiring that any conventional ingredient shipped to us contains an affidavit to ensure the ingredient meets our non-GMO requirements.

Just Label It Infographic

3. What actions can our consumers do to support this legislation?

This one’s super easy. Reach out to your federal representative and let ‘em know your thoughts on the legislation. Our friends at the Just Label it Campaign have created an easy way to take action here.

We’d also love to hear from you in the comments section of this blog post.
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Matthew Dillon
Food Matters, Sustainability

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