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article imageOp-Ed: 'No on 37' campaign funded by foreign, out-of-state companies

By Anne Sewell     Oct 22, 2012 in Food
Oakland - The opposition to California's Proposition 37, for the labeling of GMO products and genetically engineered ingredients, is being bankrolled by foreign and out-of-state companies.
Digital Journal has reported on the many millions being pumped into the "No on 37" campaign, in opposition to labeling of genetically engineered food. There has also been much reporting on the way that the opposition is spending these millions on blanketing California with misleading and even fraudulent advertising, to confuse voters. Criminal investigations have even been called for by the "Yes on 37" campaign.
The latest scandal is the fact that foreign and out-of-state companies are now bankrolling the "No on 37" campaign against GMO labeling.
Of the top ten donors to No on 37:
Four are subsidiaries of foreign companies (BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, Nestle).
Nine are out-of-state companies. Only one – Nestle USA – is based in California, but it is a subsidiary of Nestle S.A., which is based in Switzerland.
Three are subsidiaries of foreign pesticide companies (BASF, Bayer, Syngenta) that are not allowed to grow genetically engineered crops in their own countries for health and environmental reasons.
Six are pesticide companies not based in California, which together have given $20 million to oppose Californians right to know about genetically engineered food.
Stacy Malkan, media director for the Yes on Proposition 37, California Right to Know campaign says, “Foreign and non-California companies are trying to buy this election, and keep California mothers and fathers from finding out what’s really in their children’s food.”
“It’s especially stunning that the opposition is being bankrolled to such a large extent by foreign pesticide companies that are using California families as guinea pigs for their genetically engineered crops that are shunned back at home,” Malkan said.
Swiss company, Syngenta, along with German-based BASF and Bayer, have spent $2 million each to oppose Proposition 37.
However, since 2005, Switzerland has banned the growing of genetically engineered crops.
Germany severely restricts genetically engineered crops and as at 2012, there are none being planted in that country.
“These foreign companies are subverting our elections with a massive propaganda campaign of lies and deception,” Malkan said.
Latest campaign contributions as at Friday, October 19 including an additional $5.2 million to the "No on 37" campaign, from food and consumer products companies. Of the 35 contributors to the "No on 37" campaign, only two are actually based in California, Nestle (who are actually a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle SA) and Clorox.
“The vote on Proposition 37 will come down to a question of whom should we trust. Should we trust the world’s largest pesticide and junk food companies to make the choices about what’s in our food, or do we want to make those decisions ourselves?”
Ca Right to Know
Up to today's date, opponents of Proposition 37 have raised a grand total of $40.7 million.
The "Yes on 37" California Right to Know campaign has raised $5.3 million, largely from natural and organic food companies, and from more than 10,000 individual donors. The campaign is backed by more than 2,000 health, labor, faith and consumer groups, which include American Public Health Association, California Nurses Association, California Council of Churches, California Labor Federation, Consumers Union, Public Citizen, United Farm Workers, the United Food and Commercial Workers and many more.
The full list of endorsers can be viewed here:
The following is a list of donations to the "No on 37" campaign, against labeling of GMOs:
Donations made to oppose Proposition 37.
Donations made to oppose Proposition 37.
CA Right to Know
To read more about the "Yes on 37" campaign to label GMOs, visit:
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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