Prop 37, which will be on the November ballot in California, would require genetically modified foods to be labeled. The public seems to be all in favor for knowing what secrets linger in our foods, however, corporations don’t want to let that happen. Not surprisingly, biotech giant Monsanto is leading the pack against GMO labeling with a whopping $4.2 million contribution towards California’s No on 37 campaign.
According to the California Right to Know campaign (they petitioned to get GMO labeling on the November ballot) other major contributions against Proposition 37 were given by E. I. Dupont de Nemours ($1,273,600), Dow Agrosciences ($1,184,800) and PepsiCo ($1,126,079).
“The giant pesticide and food companies are afraid of the mothers and grandmothers who want the right to know what’s in our food,” said Stacy Malkan, media director of California Right to Know. “These companies will try to buy the election, but it won’t work. California moms and dads will prevail over Monsanto and Dupont.”
To date, total contributions against Proposition 37 are approximately $25 million. Thus far, the “Big 6” pesticide companies (Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont) have contributed $13.5 million to defeat Proposition 37.
Click here to see the full list of contributors against Prop 37.
Meanwhile, the Yes on 37 campaign has raised around $2.7 million, with the top two contributors being Mercola.com, the nation’s largest network of natural health consumers, and the Organic Consumers Fund (OCF), the allied grassroots lobbying arm of the Organic Consumers Association.
Other large donors to the YES on 37 campaign so far include Nature’s Path, Dr. Bronner’s, Lundberg Family Farms, Eden Foods, and Organic Valley, leading brands in the organic industry.