Press Release

Big Pesticide, Food Companies Spend $10 Million to Fight Honest Food Labels

Press Release: Monday, August 13, 2012  
For More Information Contact: Stacy Malkan (510) 542-9224

New campaign finance reports show that pesticide and processed food companies just contributed nearly $10 million to oppose Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically engineered foods.

According to the California Secretary of State disclosure forms, the largest of these contributions come from Dupont Pioneer ($2,441,500), Bayer Cropscience ($1,064,000) and BASF Plant Science ($996,500).  Other contributions include $500,000 each from Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle USA, General Mills and ConAgra.

“These corporations are desperate to keep us from finding out what’s really in our food,” said Stacy Malkan, Media Director for California Right to Know. “They will not prevail.  This is America. We have the right to know what’s in the food we eat and feed our children.”

The huge contributions from pesticide and seed companies, now topping $7 million with the new donations, shine light on a little known fact about genetically engineered foods.

“Rather than reducing the need for hazardous pesticides, herbicide-resistant seeds have driven a massive increase in herbicide use that has been linked to significant environmental and public health concerns,” explains Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network, in a statement supporting Proposition 37.

“It’s clear that genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant seeds are the growth engines of the pesticide industry’s sales and marketing strategy. These seeds are part of a technology package explicitly designed to facilitate increased, indiscriminate herbicide use and pump up chemical sales,” said Dr. Ishii-Eiteman.

According to a 2009 report by Chuck Benbrook, PhD, farmers applied 318 million more pounds of pesticides over the first 13 years of commercial GE crop production (1996-2008), as a direct result of planting genetically engineered seeds. “GE crops are pushing pesticide use upward at a rapidly accelerating pace,” wrote Benbrook, chief scientist of the Organic Center, in the report summary.

For more information about the Yes on 37 California Right to Know campaign, please see: www.CaRighttoKnow.org

Details regarding the new contributions against Proposition 37 are below. 

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR

CITY

STATE/ZIP

AMOUNT

DUPONT PIONEER

JOHNSTON

IA / 50131

$2,441,500.00

BAYER CROPSCIENCE

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA

NC / 27709

$1,064,000.00

BASF PLANT SCIENCE

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA

NC / 27709

$996,500.00

PEPSICO, INC.

PURCHASE

NY / 10577

$500,000.00

NESTLE USA, INC.

GLENDALE

CA / 91203

$500,000.00

GENERAL MILLS, INC.

GOLDEN VALLEY

MN / 55426

$500,000.00

CONAGRA FOODS

OMAHA

NE / 68102

$500,000.00

COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA

ATLANTA

GA / 30313

$500,000.00

SYNGENTA CORPORATION

WASHINGTON

DC / 20005

$498,000.00

THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY

ORRVILLE

OH / 44667

$367,604.16

BIMBO BAKERIES USA

HORSHAM

PA / 19044

$320,516.72

DEL MONTE FOODS COMPANY

SAN FRANCISCO

CA / 94111

$175,574.33

KNOUSE FOODS COOPERATIVE, INC.

PEACH GLEN

PA / 17375

$131,409.01

WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY

CHICAGO

IL / 60610

$116,865.91

HERSHEY COMPANY

HERSHEY

PA / 17033

$102,906.72

MARS FOOD NORTH AMERICA

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ

CA / 90220

$100,242.69

BUMBLE BEE FOODS, LLC

SAN DIEGO

CA / 92123

$98,073.62

HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION

AUSTIN

MN / 55912

$94,380.71

OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC.

LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO

MA / 02349

$94,311.63

SUNNY DELIGHT BEVERAGES COMPANY

CINCINNATI

OH / 45242

$93,795.90

SARA LEE CORPORATION

DOWNERS GROVE

IL / 60515

$89,493.16

KELLOGG COMPANY

BATTLE CREEK

MI / 49016

$82,299.57

PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC

PARSIPPANY

NJ / 07054

$69,307.71

DEAN FOODS COMPANY

DALLAS

TX / 75204

$66,143.16

CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY

CAMDEN

NJ / 08103

$65,114.35

MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INC.

SPARKS

MD / 21152

$64,645.53

SOLAE, LLC

SAINT LOUIS

MO / 63110

$59,214.59

RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION

BUFFALO

NY / 14213

$58,070.74

CARGILL, INC.

WAYZATA

MN / 55391

$52,069.51

MCCAIN FOODS USA, INC.

LISLE

IL / 60532

$50,592.94

DOLE PACKAGED FOODS COMPANY

WESTLAKE VILLAGE

CA / 91362

$45,580.05

C. H. GUENTHER & SON, INC.

SAN ANTONIO

TX / 78291

$23,401.61

LAND O'LAKES, INC.

ARDEN HILLS

MN / 55126

$21,513.78

HERO NORTH AMERICA

AMSTERDAM

NY / 12010

$21,044.96

GODIVA CHOCOLATIER, INC.

NEW YORK

NY / 10017

$11,121.53

MORTON SALT

CHICAGO

IL / 60606

$5,396.06

       

Total

   

$9,980,690.65

 

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