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Monsanto Gives $4.2 Million to Kill California GMO Labeling Initiative

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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



RELATED LINKS
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