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Alliance for Better Foods

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

The Alliance for Better Foods (ABF) was created to promote public acceptance and to oppose labelling of genetically modified foods. It is run by the Washington office of BSMG Worldwide, a full service PR firm whose clients include Monsanto, the Chemical Manufacturers Association, Procter & Gamble, Philip Morris, and numerous other large food, chemical and pharmaceutical corporations.[1]

On its website the group states that it "supports biotechnology as a safe way to provide for a more abundant, nutritious and higher quality food supply. The Alliance encourages fact-based discussion about development in plant biotechnology."[2]



On its website the alliance cryptically states that its "membership represents diverse agriculture and food-related groups, including farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, scientists, food technologists and professionals in other fields dedicated to improving nutrition, protecting the environment and fighting world hunger."[2]

However, in 1999 the group was more open about its supporters with its website stating that its primary public sponsor was the Grocery Manufacturers of America, accompanied by trade associations representing virtually every segment of the food industry (except the organic foods sector):

Contact information

Alliance for Better Foods
700 13th Street, NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-783-4573
Fax: 202-783-4574


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Karen Charman, "Force Feeding Genetically Modified Foods," PR Watch, 4th Quarter 1999.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "About the Alliance", accessed March 2008.

External articles

  • Holly Bailey, "Brave New Farm: The Battle Over Genetically-Altered Food, Money In Politics Alert, November 15, 1999.
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