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No on 37 Funders: $40.6 Million Against our Right to Know

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E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO. $4,900,000
PEPSICO, INC. $2,145,400
NESTLE USA, INC. $1,315,600

Big Food girds for California GMO fight

REUTERS, by Lisa Baertlein and Carey Gillam, August 17, 2012

After two decades fighting to force U.S. food companies to tell consumers when their products are made with genetically modified organisms, activists in California have mounted what is potentially their most promising offensive to date.

In November, voters in the nation's most populous state will decide whether to require labels on food and drinks containing so-called GMOs, or ingredients that come from plants whose DNA has been manipulated by scientists. 

The People Vs. The Corporations: Join us!

Join a million more for the right to know what we eat. Sign up to make history today!

david_goliath.gifLet the games begin! Yesterday we reported that pesticide and processed food companies spent $10 million to fight our right to know what’s in our food. Look for deceptive ad campaigns about Prop 37 to start blanketing the state before Labor Day is even upon us.

Why so soon? The opposition is getting very nervous. The most recent poll shows Prop 37 sailing along with 69% support. Now the corporations that don’t want us to know what’s in our food – Pepsi, Coke, Nestle, Hershey, Sara Lee, the chemical companies – will do what they always do: try to create a storm of negativity and confusion about labeling.

But they’re not counting on one thing: You. With your help, we're organizing a million more people to take on their ten million dollars. We're creating our own media network – a social media storm – to counter their deceptive ad campaigns. Will you join us today?

Who Opposes Proposition 37, and Why?

big_6.jpgNot everyone agrees that consumers have the right to know what’s in our food. If you do, now is the time to get involved. New contributions freshly posted on the Secretary of State website reveal an all-star cast of big corporations opposed to honest labeling of our food – and we need your help to ensure the real story gets out to voters this fall.  Here are the key players opposing Proposition 37, the California Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods.

Pesticide Peddlers: The “Big Six” chemical companies have given the largest donations to date to the opposition, totaling more than $1.1 million, as explained by Tom Philpott in Mother Jones.

Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta: These are the guys who make the pesticides, and also make or promote the seeds that are genetically engineered to withstand the pesticides, thereby allowing them to … sell more pesticides. You get the picture. GMOs are “the growth engines of the pesticide industry,” explains Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, Senior Scientist at Pesticide Action Network.

California Gene-Altered Food Campaigns Draw $4.3 Million

BLOOMBERG NEWS, by James Nash, August 2, 2012

A campaign to make California the first state to require labeling of genetically modified foods has raised $2.3 million in donations, compared with $2 million collected by opponents, state records show. LLC, a closely held distributor of vitamins and nutrition products based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, donated $800,000 to back the November ballot initiative as of July 27, according to data posted on the Secretary of State’s website. Major contributors to the campaign against the measure include PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) (PEP), the world’s largest snack-food maker, Nestle SA (NESN)’s Nestle USA and Coca-Cola Co. (KO) (KO), records show.

Nation’s Top Food Makers Opposing Honest Food Labels


CONTACT:  Stacy Malkan, 510-542-9224,

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The latest round of funding just reported to the California Secretary of State’s office identifies 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 total 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).

Battle Over Genetically Engineered Food Heading to Voters

LOS ANGELES TIMES, by Marc Lifsher, July 19, 2012

Battle-over-genetically-engineered-food-heading-to-voters.jpegSacramento — A fight over genetically engineered foods has been heating up in the nation's grocery aisles. Now it's headed for the ballot box.

Voters will soon decide whether to make California the first state in the country to require labels on products, such as sweet corn, whose genes have been altered to make them resistant to pests.