Some of the biggest food manufacturers and agrichemical companies in the U.S.A. are opposing honest food labeling and are against Prop 37.
Among these companies are PepsiCo, Nestlé, Coca Cola and Kellogg. All are working to defeat California’s GMO labeling measure.
It has been reported to the California Secretary of State's office that the latest round of funding reveals the multi-national food and agrichemical companies, that are joining forces to thwart the will of the overwhelming majority of Americans who want the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients.
Total donations to the opposition to date are approximately $2 million, including recent contributions from biotech industry conglomerate Pioneer Hi-Bred, owned by DuPont ($310,100); the Biotechnology Industry Organization ($250,000), a Washington-based lobbying powerhouse funded by a long list of agrichemical companies including Monsanto; and chemical companies BASF ($126,600) and Syngenta ($63,300).
The Grocery Manufacturers Association an industry lobby group whose president said that defeating Prop 37 “is the single-highest priority for GMA this year,” has given $375,000 to date. Recent contributions from big food brands include Pepsico ($90,220); Nestlé ($61,471); Coca Cola ($61,208); ConAgra Foods ($56,598); Kellogg ($33,248); and J.M. Smucker ($20,396).
Stacy Malkan, a spokeswoman for the Yes on 37 Right to Know Campaign, asks, “Why are these giant food companies spending so much money to hide the truth about what’s in our food?”
“These same companies are already informing foreign consumers about genetically engineered food in 49 other countries including all of Europe, Japan, China and Russia. Californians have a right to know what’s in our food too.”
“We’re in for another David versus Goliath fight. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we expect will be many more millions of dollars pouring into misleading ad campaigns from multi-billion dollar businesses that don’t want us to know that their food was genetically engineered,” Malkan added.
Last quarter, the Yes on 37 Campaign received $990,000 in contributions, with the largest donations coming from thousands of small donors. These donors contributed online through the Organic Consumers Fund ($400,000), as well as from Nutiva ($50,000), Organic Valley ($50,000) and two individuals who donated $50,000 and $25,000.
Among Yes on 37 supporters are California businesses, including Lundberg Family Farms, Amy’s Kitchen, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, as well as Nature’s Path and Dr. Mercola.
Malkan said, “Yes on 37 is a grassroots people’s movement made up of millions of consumers who support labeling and who are working to pass Prop. 37. Concerned citizens — with moms and grandmothers leading the charge — and businesses that want fairness in our food system are standing up for our right to know what we’re eating.”
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Malkan referred to the "One Million more" drive that kicked off last week. This campaign is working to organize another million voters and volunteers, who will take on America's most powerful corporations to demand accurate information about what is in our food.
The Yes to 37 campaign received some important endorsements in the last week including the California Labor Federation and two high ranking leaders in the U.S. Senate, namely Senator Barbara Boxer and State Senator Mark Leno. The campaign also received the endorsement of the California Democratic Party.
Note: Recent contributions include donations received from April through July 2012. For more information about total donations, see these links: Yes on Prop 37 contributions and opposition contributions.
For more information about the campaign, please visit www.CARighttoKnow.org.