As Vani Hari (the “Food Babe”) gloats over a nonsensical GMO labeling victory in which she arguably had no involvement, my nominee for the World’s Greatest Hypocrite award continues to pull the wool over the eyes over the collective sheep following her: This November, Food Babe will mark her sixth year as a seller of products derived from GMO corn.
As I’ve pointed out numerous times, Clean Well Hand Sanitizer, which Hari hawks on her shopping page, is made with GMO corn. Food Babe has been selling this product for over five years, and the GMO-sourced corn has been very clearly pointed out to her time after time. How can you rant against GMOs and simultaneously sell products made with them? Oh, your name is Vani Hari.
To be sure, there is nothing to fear from GMOs. The entire labeling campaign, sponsored in large part by the $39 billion (2014 figures) organic food industry, is a clear attempt to demonize a competitor’s products in order to sell your own. Not surprisingly, Hari stands to benefit greatly from GMO labeling. Except… except that she’s selling so many products that contain the very ingredients she says are dangerous: like this hand sanitizer with the GMO corn. #JustLableIt Vani! Or quietly pull it from your storefront, like you did the BHT you were selling during your anti-BHT campaign, or the cellulose during your anti-cellulose campaign, or the artificial dyes and endocrine disruptors that…
Oh, wait. You haven’t pulled all the artificial dyes yet. You’re still selling them to children, along with an organic pesticide. I’m sure you’ll get around to addressing that. Eventually. Maybe.
Vani Hari deserves to be called out on this. The net result will likely only be her quietly pulling the product from her online store and denying it ever existed, but why not try? Suggested Twitter hashtags: #FoodBabeArmy, #FoodBabeWay, #PotKettleBlack, and #GMO.
Oh, and how about #JustLabelIt? 😉