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Monsanto Gives $4.2 Million to Kill California GMO Labeling Initiative

August 15, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New campaign finance reports reveal that Monsanto Co. just contributed $4.2 million to defeat Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically engineered food. That is the largest contribution in the race. Total contributions to defeat Proposition 37 amount to $25 million, and nearly $23 million during the last week.

Other major new 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.”

Thus far, the “Big 6″ pesticide companies (Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont) have contributed $13.5 million to defeat Proposition 37.

Of the twenty largest contributors to the No on 37 campaign, only one (Nestle USA) is from a company based in California. And even Nestle USA is a subsidiary of the giant Swiss food conglomerate Nestlé S.A.

To date, total contributions against Proposition 37 are approximately $25 million. Details of the newly reported contributions are below.

    NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR           CITY       STATE/ZIP     AMOUNT
    MONSANTO COMPANY              SAINT LOUIS          MO / 63167  $4,208,000.00
    E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO.  WASHINGTON           DC / 20004  $1,273,600.00
    DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC          INDIANAPOLIS         IN / 46268  $1,184,800.00
    PEPSICO, INC.                 PURCHASE             NY / 10577  $1,126,079.94
    NESTLE USA, INC.              GLENDALE             CA / 91203    $607,928.61
    COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA       ATLANTA              GA / 30313    $603,191.45
    BAYER CROPSCIENCE             RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA NC / 27709    $554,400.00
    CONAGRA FOODS                 OMAHA                NE / 68102    $520,101.54
    BASF PLANT SCIENCE            RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA NC / 27709    $519,200.00
    KELLOGG COMPANY               BATTLE CREEK         MI / 49016    $516,952.06
    HERSHEY COMPANY               HERSHEY              PA / 17033    $283,753.06
    HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION      AUSTIN               MN / 55912    $260,243.61
    SYNGENTA CORPORATION          WASHINGTON           DC / 20006    $260,000.00
    OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC. LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO MA / 02349    $199,506.32
    PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC      PARSIPPANY           NJ / 07054    $191,107.80
    DEAN FOODS COMPANY            DALLAS               TX / 75204    $182,381.90
    MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INC.     SPARKS               MD / 21152    $178,252.37
    RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION     BUFFALO              NY / 14213    $160,123.18
    CARGILL, INC.                 WAYZATA              MN / 55391    $143,575.49
    MORTON SALT                   CHICAGO              IL / 60606     $14,879.01
    INVENTURE FOODS, INC.         PHOENIX              AZ / 85054     $10,846.39
    HOUSE-AUTRY MILLS, INC.       FOUR OAKS            NC / 27524      $1,077.27

    Total                                                         $13,000,000.00

Thus far, the twenty largest contributors to the No on 37 campaign are below.

    MONSANTO COMPANY              SAINT LOUIS          MO / 63167 $4,208,000.00
    E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO.  WASHINGTON           DC / 20004 $4,025,200.00
    PEPSICO, INC.                 PURCHASE             NY / 10577 $1,716,300.00
    BASF PLANT SCIENCE            RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA NC / 27709 $1,642,300.00
    BAYER CROPSCIENCE             RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA NC / 27709 $1,618,400.00
    DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC          INDIANAPOLIS         IN / 46268 $1,184,800.00
    NESTLE USA, INC.              GLENDALE             CA / 91203 $1,169,400.00
    COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA       ATLANTA              GA / 30313 $1,164,400.00
    CONAGRA FOODS                 OMAHA                NE / 68102 $1,076,700.00
    SYNGENTA CORPORATION          WASHINGTON           DC / 20006   $821,300.00
    KELLOGG COMPANY               BATTLE CREEK         MI / 49016   $632,500.00
    GENERAL MILLS, INC.           GOLDEN VALLEY        MN / 55426   $519,401.17
    HERSHEY COMPANY               HERSHEY              PA / 17033   $395,100.00
    THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY      ORRVILLE             OH / 44667   $388,000.00
    COUNCIL FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY
     INFORMATION                  WASHINGTON           DC / 20024   $375,000.00
    GROCERY MANUFACTURERS
     ASSOCIATION                  WASHINGTON           DC / 20005   $375,000.00
    HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION      AUSTIN               MN / 55912   $374,300.00
    BIMBO BAKERIES USA            HORSHAM              PA / 19044   $338,300.00
    OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC. LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO MA / 02349   $301,553.21
    PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC      PARSIPPANY           NJ / 07054   $266,100.00

For more information about California Right to Know, and labeling of genetically engineered foods, see: www.CaRightToKnow.org.

SOURCE California Right to Know Campaign


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