Latest campaign finance reports show that pesticide and processed food companies have contributed almost $10 million to oppose Proposition 37.
Digital Journal reported recently that top food makers and agrichemical companies are opposing the labeling of GMO products.
Proposition 37 would require the labeling of genetically modified or engineered foods and comes up for vote in the November 2012 elections.
According to the California Secretary of State disclosure forms, the largest contributions come from Dupont Pioneer ($2,441,500), Bayer Cropscience ($1,064,000) and BASF Plant Science ($996,500). Other contributions include $500,000 each from Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle USA, General Mills and ConAgra.
Stacy Malkan, Media Director for California Right to Know says, “These corporations are desperate to keep us from finding out what’s really in our food.”
“They will not prevail. This is America. We have the right to know what’s in the food we eat and feed our children.”
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Pesticide and seed companies have made huge contributions, now topping $7 million with the latest donations. This shines a light on a little-known fact about GE foods.
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD is a senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network. She said in a statement supporting Proposition 37, “Rather than reducing the need for hazardous pesticides, herbicide-resistant seeds have driven a massive increase in herbicide use that has been linked to significant environmental and public health concerns.”
“It’s clear that genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant seeds are the growth engines of the pesticide industry’s sales and marketing strategy. These seeds are part of a technology package explicitly designed to facilitate increased, indiscriminate herbicide use and pump up chemical sales,” she added.
In the report summary of a 2009 report by Chuck Benbrook, PhD, chief scientist of the Organic Center, revealed that farmers applied 318 million more pounds of pesticides over the first 13 years of commercial GE crop production (1996-2008). This was a direct result of planting genetically engineered seeds.
Details regarding the new contributions against Proposition 37 are below:
Contributions in opposition of Proposition 37.
For more information about the Yes on 37 California Right to Know campaign, visit: www.CaRighttoKnow.org.