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Is there no end to the credibility problems of the No on 37 campaign? Yesterday we reported that Monsanto, the largest backer of efforts to defeat California's GMO labeling measure, ran ads in Europe promoting the benefits of GMO labeling. Now here comes a fresh insult to California from the Swiss-based food conglomerate Nestle.
Nestle has donated $1.16 million to oppose GMO labels in California, yet a top Nestle executive just went on record saying that consumers should be the ones to decide about genetically modified foods. "We have a very simple way of looking at GM: listen to what the consumer wants. If they don't want it in products, you don't put it in them," said Hans Jor, corporate head of sustainable agriculture at Nestle, according to Food Production Daily.
Jor also said that genetically modified food is unnecessary to feed the world and the food industry would reap more benefits from using resources more sustainably and employing other techniques. Nestle should listen to Hans Jor, and to their millions of consumers in California who want to know if their food was genetically engineered in a Monsanto lab.
Vote Yes on 37 for our right to know what's in our food!
APPETITE FOR PROFIT, by Michele Simon, August 13, 2012
The food industry really hates it when you compare them to Big Tobacco. They try to deny the negative association by claiming that food is different than tobacco. Of course that’s true, but why are the same consultants that have worked for the tobacco industry now shilling for Big Food, opposing the ballot initiative that would require labeling of all foods containing GMO ingredients?
Hiring Secret Consultants for the Dirty Work
The latest financial filings in California for the “No on 37: Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme” – reveal a $7,500 payment to the Sacramento-based political consulting firm, MB Public Affairs. Here is how the Los Angeles Times described the firm last year:
MB Public Affairs is headed by Mark Bogetich, a garrulous operative known to his friends as “Bogey,” who has helped a number of Republican candidates neutralize their opponents. In recent years, MB Public Affairs has worked for Altria, once known as the Phillip Morris Cos. …
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.
LOS ANGELES TIMES, by Marc Lifsher, August 13, 2012
SACRAMENTO -- Major bio-tech companies and manufacturers of household food products, including Campbell Soup, General Mills and Coca-Cola, have pumped almost $10 million into the campaign to defeat Proposition 37, the November statewide ballot initiative to require labels for genetically engineered crops and processed food products.
The California Secretary of State's office reported that a members of the Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme, sponsored by farmers and food producers, had contributed $9.98 million since the close of the Jan. 1-June 30 reporting period.
Not 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.
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.
Mercola.com 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.
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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).