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No on 37: $45 Million Against the Right to Know

MONSANTO COMPANY $8,112,069
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO. $5,400,000
PEPSICO, INC. $2,145,400
GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION $2,002,000
BASF PLANT SCIENCE $2,000,000
BAYER CROPSCIENCE $2,000,000
DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC $2,000,000
SYNGENTA CORPORATION $2,000,000
KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL, INC. $1,950,500
NESTLE USA, INC. $1,461,600
COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA $1,455,500
GENERAL MILLS, INC. $1,230,300
CONAGRA FOODS $1,176,700
KELLOGG COMPANY $790,700
SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC. $683,900
DEL MONTE FOODS COMPANY $674,100
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY $598,000
THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY $555,000
HERSHEY COMPANY $518,900
H.J. HEINZ COMPANY $500,000
MARS INCORPORATED $498,350
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION $467,900
UNILEVER $467,100
BIMBO BAKERIES USA $422,900
BUMBLE BEE FOODS, LLC $420,600
OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC. $409,100
COUNCIL FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION $375,000
SARA LEE CORPORATION $343,600
PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC $266,100
DEAN FOODS COMPANY $253,950
BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION $250,000
BUNGE NORTH AMERICA, INC. $248,600
MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INC. $248,200
RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION $243,537
ABBOTT NUTRITION $234,500
CARGILL, INC. $233,236
FLOWERS FOODS, INC. $182,100
MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL $181,000
DOLE PACKAGED FOODS COMPANY $171,262
WELCH FOODS, INC. $167,000
KNOUSE FOODS COOPERATIVE, INC. $160,309
LAND O'LAKES, INC. $151,535
SUNNY DELIGHT BEVERAGES COMPANY $134,496
WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY $116,866
TREE TOP, INC. $110,600
CLEMENT PAPPAS & COMPANY, INC. $99,478
HILLSHIRE BRANDS COMPANY $85,900
MEAD JOHNSON NUTRITION COMPANY $80,000
HERO NORTH AMERICA $79,074
FARIBAULT FOODS, INC. $76,000
SOLAE, LLC $59,215
MCCAIN FOODS USA, INC. $50,593
GODIVA CHOCOLATIER, INC. $41,788
STARLITE MEDIA LLC $41,785
B&G FOODS, INC. $40,000
CLOROX COMPANY $39,015
BRUCE FOODS CORPORATION $38,500
GOYA DE PUERTO RICO, INC. $35,400
C. H. GUENTHER & SON, INC. $23,402
GOYA FOODS GREAT LAKES $21,300
MORTON SALT $20,275
HIRZEL CANNING COMPANY $14,687
REILY FOODS COMPANY $13,215
INVENTURE FOODS, INC. $10,846
SNACK FOOD ASSOCIATION $10,000
CROPLIFE AMERICA $9,500
SARGENTO FOODS, INC. $7,185
IDAHOAN FOODS, LLC $7,182
MOODY DUNBAR, INC. $5,000
PCS ADMINISTRATION (USA) INC. (ALSO KNOWN AS 'POTASHCORP') PAC (OUT OF STATE PAC) $2,000
HOUSE-AUTRY MILLS, INC. $1,077
FOUR K FARMS $1,000
JMR FARMS, INC. $1,000
TRI-CAL INC. $1,000
   
Total $44,927,925
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commented 2013-08-28 08:45:30 -0700 · Flag
Crib <a href=“”http://bedding-sets.exaviews.com/floral-bedding/“>http://bedding-sets.exaviews.com/floral-bedding/”>bedding</a> doesn’t refer to sheets only. You can get bed in a bag as mentioned earlier. You will find a sheet, a baby blanket, and a baby quilt in most sets. If you prefer to buy separate pieces you can still do that. Most stores have single pieces as well as bedding sets.
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commented 2013-05-13 21:15:55 -0700 · Flag
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! GET THE WORD OUT! BOYCOTT. BOYCOTT everything Monsanto produces, NO corn, no soy, no wheat, no papaya, no potatoes, no sugar beets… check the lists and if you need it, ask for help, but get out to your local supermarket, your local home supplier store, City Mill, Home Depot and picket. Ask customers to stop supporting the insidious evil that this company represents. The Supreme Court is not going to help us. We must help ourselves.
commented 2013-05-12 04:50:20 -0700 · Flag
I used to not pay attention to the ingredients in food, cosmetics, etc. Until I’ve accidently read this article http://hair101.org/should-you-switch-to-sulfate-free-shampoos/ about the SLS in shampoos. Since then, I have learned a lot of information about what corporations hide from consumers and began to buy food only from farms and use only home-made cosmetics.
Corporations only want money, they do not care about our health. I believe prop 37 helps us to know the true.
commented 2013-04-24 19:53:00 -0700 · Flag
Any corporation that contributes poison in our food then does not care whether or not we even know what that poison is does not deserve any money from me period. I am not that ignorant of myself!
commented 2013-04-24 13:45:27 -0700 · Flag
Okay: Let me post another comment on Whole Foods: BOYCOTT IT. BOYCOTT WHOLE FOODS. I have not been entirely consistent in following up on my avowal to stop shopping there but this morning when I went by, there was a long line of picketers picketing Whole Foods for large contributions to the GOP. Republicans have consistently helped Big Ag and the big corporations to ignore the health of America in favor of devastating farmlands with Monsanto’s pesticides which of course goes straight into the food we eat. The issue of GMOs: the US government (and that’s supposedly us, remember?) has lent its hand by allowing this evil corporate entity to patent completely fraudulent seed stock. They don’t know what they’re doing but they’re smart enough to know that all that’s necessary in America today is to “look” like you know what you’re doing. And if anyone tries to find out, don’t let them in and don’t answer your phone. We have to protect to ourselves. The Democrats are not to be trusted but the Republicans are beneath contempt (maybe one step up from Monsanto).
commented 2013-04-24 12:13:02 -0700 · Flag
They just have been a program on the TV , which did a research on food which is sold in supermarkets and restaurants, and it all filled with genetically modified foods, and artificial substances. The government should enforce more stricter rules!
http://fridgeadvisor.com/how-long-do-refrigerators-last/
commented 2012-12-17 08:45:28 -0800 · Flag
Cynthe, I understand no place is perfect, but Trader Joe’s has more good things about it than bad. They do not guarantee other products they sell that do not have the Trader Joe’s label are made without GMOs, antibiotics, etc. They do listen to their customers and have taken products off the shelves if they do not live up to their standards. Due to a petition I signed about getting TJ to not sell any meat (they sell some, but since Thanksgiving I have not seen a lot.) with antibiotics in them they agreed at Thanksgiving to only sell all natural, no antibiotic and organic turkeys. Sorry they did not let you get signatures at their stores for Prop 37, but I think if you continue to hound the people at the top about this issue, start and petition on change.org, etc they might help. As far as canola oil it is in some of TJ’s food, but not a lot. They mostly use olive oil, sunflower oil and palm oil in their foods. Unfortunately, I have a food intolerance to sunflower oil so I have to look for items with other oils in them
commented 2012-12-17 08:14:10 -0800 · Flag
Kerri & all Trader Joes shoppers: Take care, read labels, know your ingredients! And the companies who own organic labels!

TJs has many foods, even organic ones, that contain CANOLA oil. In my research, Canola is GE. Plus it’s not really digestible by our bodies and has numerous ill effects. Do you remember when it was first introduced to the USA in the ‘90s with claims that it was a "fat that wouldn’t make you fat" (ie. the body is unable to digest it?)

Also, TJ carries organic products like Dagoba chocolate (yum) owned by Hershey’s (darn) who donated $395,100 to defeat Prop37.

AND TJs did not permit us to gather signatures for LabelGMOs from their shoppers (at least in northern California where I was a volunteer.) They put on a friendly face. Their staff for the most part are friendly, good people, but the folks at the top aren’t really interested in nourishing their shoppers. Bottom line is making as much $$$ as possible. Check out their political affliations, if you’re in doubt……very conservative and right-wing.
commented 2012-11-08 07:12:41 -0800 · Flag
I just posted it on Facebook and if you want to be sure you buy foods that do not contain GMO’s buy organic. Some of the companies above do carry an organic line, such as Heinz, but all of their other products obviously have GMO’s. If you want to shop somewhere that you can be sure their products do not contain GMO’s I suggest shopping at Trader Joe’s. It says it right on their website. Scroll down to the bottom and see http://www.traderjoes.com/products.asp. Susan I agree with you about Whole Foods. They are overpriced anyway. I can go to TJ and buy double the amount of food than if I was spending my money at TJ.
commented 2012-11-04 04:06:50 -0800 · Flag
And one more thing about Whole Foods and their presumed enthusiastic support for labeling GMOs: It seems that this change of mind has occurred rather late in the game. Might it have been when Whole Foods began to realize that their mostly upscale clientele doubtless favored GMO labeling? Failure to make clear how they stood on this issue might negatively impact their bottom line (might already have negatively impacted their bottom line) and this may well have been the inducement needed to force them to come out and “enthusiastically” support labeling of GMO products. I question the sincerity, and frankly I’ve stopped shopping at Whole Foods as we are lucky to have another alternative on Oahu where we can go and be assured that the products we buy are labeled appropriately to the extent that’s possible right now.
commented 2012-11-03 13:09:02 -0700 · Flag
And Whole Foods is an enormous operation with enormous profits… So Show me the money! That will say whether or not Whole Foods enthusiastically supports food labeling re GMOs.
commented 2012-11-03 13:06:42 -0700 · Flag
Okay, I live in Honolulu… And I went to the Whole Foods Store here in Honolulu and asked to speak to a manager when I was told several weeks/a month ago that Whole Foods does not support food labeling. What this manager said to me was this: While we support the idea, we handle foods from many different manufacturers and therefore our vocal stand re labeling is neutral. That’s a far cry from ENTHUSIASTIC support. So sorry, I have to disagree with your comment.
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