Monsanto and 'Big Pesticide' are paying plenty to try and defeat Proposition 37, requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food in California.
Digital Journal reported in August that opponents to Proposition 37, for the labeling of foods with GMO content, had some very deep pockets. The very next day, Monsanto dropped another $4.2 million into the 'No to 37' pot.
Now, according to campaign finance disclosure records filed with the California Secretary of State, Monsanto has just paid in an additional $2.89 million in their fight against Proposition 37. This bring's Monsanto's total contribution against Proposition 37 to a grand $7.1 million.
On top of this, major pesticide companies have also just made major additional contributions to the 'No to 37" campaign, including DuPont ($874,800), Dow AgroSciences ($815,200), Bayer CropScience ($381,600), BASF Plant Science ($357,700) and Syngenta ($178,700).
This means that the “Big 6” pesticide firms (Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer, Dow, BASF and Syngenta) have contributed $19 million of the $32 million that the 'No on 37' campaign has raised so far.
Gary Ruskin, campaign manager of the Yes on Proposition 37 campaign says, “Monsanto wants to buy this election so they can keep hiding what’s really in our food.”
“They are on the losing side of history. Californians want the right to know what’s in our food, and we will win it.”
It is interesting to note that of the ten largest contributors to the 'No on 37' only one - Nestle USA - is from a company based in California. And even Nestle USA is merely a subsidiary of the giant Swiss food conglomerate Nestlé S.A.
Following is a list of the top 10 contributors to the No on 37 campaign:
CA Right to Know
CA Right to Know
Yes on 37 - Right to Know Campaign
Americans have been denied their basic right to know what is in their food for the last 20 years. On November 6th, this will change, as Californians have the chance to vote 'Yes on 37', to label genetically engineered foods.
Just a reminder that you can help by donating to the cause and fighting on the right side of the battle, saying 'Yes on 37' here.