Press Release

Monsanto, Pesticide Companies Spend $5.5 Million More to Defeat Right to Know GMO Labeling Measure; Opposition Funds Total $32 Million

For Immediate Release: : Monday, Sept. 17, 2012
Contact: Gary Ruskin (415) 944-7350; gary@carighttoknow.org

Sacramento, Calif. --  Monsanto just gave an additional $2.89 million to defeat Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically engineered foods in California. Monsanto’s total contribution against Proposition 37 now stands at $7.1 million, according to campaign finance disclosure records filed with the California Secretary of State.

Other major pesticide companies also just made major additional contributions to defeat Proposition 37, including DuPont ($874,800), Dow AgroSciences ($815,200), Bayer CropScience ($381,600), BASF Plant Science ($357,700) and Syngenta ($178,700).

“Monsanto wants to buy this election so they can keep hiding what’s really in our food,” said Gary Ruskin, campaign manager of the Yes on Proposition 37 campaign.  “They are on the losing side of history.  Californians want the right to know what’s in our food, and we will win it.”

The “Big 6” pesticide firms (Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer, Dow, BASF and Syngenta) have contributed $19 million of the $32 million that the No on 37 campaign has raised.

 

Of the ten largest contributors to the No on 37 campaign, only one (Nestle USA) is from a company based in California.  And even Nestle USA is a subsidiary of the giant Swiss food conglomerate Nestlé S.A.

Following is a list of the top 40 contributors to the No on 37 campaign.

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR

CITY

STATE/ZIP

Total Contribution

MONSANTO COMPANY

SAINT LOUIS

MO / 63167

$7,100,500

E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO.

WASHINGTON

DC / 20004

$4,900,000

BASF PLANT SCIENCE

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA

NC / 27709

$2,000,000

BAYER CROPSCIENCE

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA

NC / 27709

$2,000,000

DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC

INDIANAPOLIS

IN / 46268

$2,000,000

PEPSICO, INC.

PURCHASE

NY / 10577

$1,716,300

NESTLE USA, INC.

GLENDALE

CA / 91203

$1,169,400

COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA

ATLANTA

GA / 30313

$1,164,400

CONAGRA FOODS

OMAHA

NE / 68102

$1,076,700

SYNGENTA CORPORATION

WASHINGTON

DC / 20006

$1,000,000

GENERAL MILLS, INC.

GOLDEN VALLEY

MN / 55426

$908,200

DEL MONTE FOODS COMPANY

SAN FRANCISCO

CA / 94111

$674,100

KELLOGG COMPANY

BATTLE CREEK

MI / 49016

$632,500

HERSHEY COMPANY

HERSHEY

PA / 17033

$395,100

THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY

ORRVILLE

OH / 44667

$388,000

COUNCIL FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION

WASHINGTON

DC / 20024

$375,000

GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

WASHINGTON

DC / 20005

$375,000

HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION

AUSTIN

MN / 55912

$374,300

BUMBLE BEE FOODS, LLC

SAN DIEGO

CA / 92123

$368,500

OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC.

LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO

MA / 02349

$362,100

SARA LEE CORPORATION

DOWNERS GROVE

IL / 60515

$343,600

BIMBO BAKERIES USA

HORSHAM

PA / 19044

$338,300

PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC

PARSIPPANY

NJ / 07054

$266,100

DEAN FOODS COMPANY

DALLAS

TX / 75204

$253,950

BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION

WASHINGTON

DC / 20024

$250,000

CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY

CAMDEN

NJ / 08103

$250,000

MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INC.

SPARKS

MD / 21152

$248,200

RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION

BUFFALO

NY / 14213

$225,537

CARGILL, INC.

WAYZATA

MN / 55391

$202,229

DOLE PACKAGED FOODS COMPANY

WESTLAKE VILLAGE

CA / 91362

$171,262

KNOUSE FOODS COOPERATIVE, INC.

PEACH GLEN

PA / 17375

$131,409

WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY

CHICAGO

IL / 60610

$116,866

MARS, INCORPORATED

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ

CA / 90220

$106,017

SUNNY DELIGHT BEVERAGES COMPANY

CINCINNATI

OH / 45242

$93,796

LAND O'LAKES, INC.

ARDEN HILLS

MN / 55126

$80,835

HERO NORTH AMERICA

AMSTERDAM

NY / 12010

$79,074

SOLAE, LLC

SAINT LOUIS

MO / 63110

$59,215

MCCAIN FOODS USA, INC.

LISLE

IL / 60532

$50,593

GODIVA CHOCOLATIER, INC.

NEW YORK

NY / 10017

$41,788

KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL, INC.

NORTHFIELD

IL / 60093

$34,405

 

 For more information about the California Right to Know campaign, see www.CaRightToKnow.org.

 

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