Pages tagged "Pepsi"

Prop 37's First TV Ad: No on 37 Run by Same Companies that Told us DDT and Agent Orange were Safe

For Immediate Release: Monday August 27, 2012
Contact: Stacy Malkan, 510-542-9224;

The Yes on Proposition 37 California Right to Know Campaign launched an early media blitz today directly challenging the record of deceit of the big corporations that are now working to deny Californians the right to know what’s in their food. 

Proposition 37, which will be on the California ballot in November, would be the first law in the U.S. requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods. 

View the 30-second ad here. The ad presents the history of notoriously inaccurate corporate health claims, including falsehoods from some of the very same corporations now funding the No on 37 campaign.


Big Tobacco Shills trying to stop gmo labeling in California

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. …


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?

Big Ag pumps $10 million into anti-GMO-labeling campaign

LOS ANGELES TIMES, by Marc Lifsher, August 13, 2012

la-big-ag-pumps-10-million-into-antigmo-labell-001.jpegSACRAMENTO -- Major bio-tech companies and manufacturers of household food products, including Campbell SoupGeneral 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.

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.