You are here: Home Environment Food Companies Fighting GMO Labeling Food Companies Fighting GMO Labeling by Keiren April 13, 2016, 8:47 pm 51 Comments Washington State’s GMO Labeling Ballot Initiative (I-522) I-522 would have mandated clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages. The initiative was voted on in 2013. It lost, 51% to 49%. Among the companies who fought the labeling requirements, and money they spent on the ‘No on 522’ campaign were: Monsanto: $5,374,411 DuPont: $3,880,159 PepsiCo Inc.: $2,352,966 Coca-Cola: $1,520,351 Nestle USA: $1,528,206 General Mills: $869,271 Bayer CropScience: $591,645 Dow Agrosciences: $591,645 BASF Plant Science: $500,000 ConAgra Foods: $828,251 Campbell Soup Co.: $384,888 Hershey Company: $360,450 Smucker’s Jam: $349,977 Kellogg Co.: $322,050 The Hillshire Brands Company: $282,775 Mondelez International (Nabisco, Oreo): $210,336 Flowers Foods (Nature’s Own, Wonder Bread): $205,099 Dean Foods (Land ‘O Lakes, Meadow Gold): $174,553 Land O’ Lakes: $144,878 Cargill & Co.: $143,133 Bimbo Bakeries (Sara Lee and Ball Park): $137,460 Del Monte: $125,677 Abbott Nutrition (infant formula like Pedialyte, Similac): $121,296 Ocean Spray Cranberries: $80,295 Hormel Foods: $76,803 After the election, the Washington State attorney general sued the Grocery Manufacturers Association of Washington for violating campaign disclosure laws. As of April 2016, the case has yet to come to trial. The latest postponement came when the GMA failed to meet deadlines for disclosing information. Said Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson: “This attempt to introduce records at the last minute, after resisting our efforts to obtain them earlier in the process, continues GMA’s pattern of trying to hide the ball from the people of Washington. However long it takes, I am committed to holding GMA accountable for its elaborate scheme to shield its members’ contributions from the public.” California’s Proposition 37 Many large food and seed corporations sunk over $46 million into the fight to defeat Proposition 37 in California, which would have required food companies to list genetically modified ingredients on the labels of its products sold in retail stores. It would have also prevented the labeling of GMO foods as “natural.” The law would would have affected California, but because Californians make up 12% of the U.S. population, those Californian labels would have spilled over to other states as well. Currently food processors list ingredients, calorie, nutritional value and peanut content. Adding GMO ingredients to that list will benefit those who wish to steer clear, until GMO foods are deemed safe and healthy into the long term (yet many feel certain GMOs will never be proven healthy). The record keeping necessary for the added labels will also help keep track of ecological issues such as gene flow between GMOs and the surrounding ecology, weed killer’s affects, pest and superweed resistance and a host of other ecological issues that could potentially arise with rampant GMO use. This bill would have slowed down the influx of GM crops and help keep track of GMOs impacts. Currently Europe, Russia, China, Japan, Mexico, Australia and numerous other countries require that food labels list genetically modified ingredients. Why hasn’t the the U.S. insisted on this labeling? Because many large corporations are fighting to keep the U.S. consumer in the dark. Let us know, if there are GMOs. We should have the right to know! Money Spent To Keep GMO Off Of Labels In California Ironically most of the companies lobbying against Prop 37 have a stake in the organic industry. See that list below, it might surprise you. Monsanto: $7,100,000. DuPont: $5,200,000. PepsiCo Inc.: $2,500,000. BASF Plant Science: $2,000,000 Bayer CropScience: 2,000,000 Dow Agrosciences: $2,000,000 Syngenta Corp: $2,000,000 Kraft Foods: $2,000,000. Coca-Cola: $1,700,000. Nestle USA: $1,315,400. ConAgra Foods: $1,200,000. General Mills: $1,200,000. Del Monte: $674,000. Kellogg Co.: $790,700. Smithfield: $671,000. Council for Biotechnology Information: $625,000. Heinz: $500,000. Hershey Company: $493,900. J.M. Smucker Co.: $555,000. Grocery Manufacturers Association: $375,000. Hormel Foods Corp.: $374,300. Unilever: $ 460,000. Mars Food North America: $370,280. Bimbo Bakeries USA: $422,900. Ocean Spray Cranberries: $326,500. Campbell Soup Co.: $320,455. Pinnacle Foods Group LLC: $266,100. Dean Foods Co.: $253,950. Biotech Industry Organization: $250,000. McCormick & Co. Inc.: $248,200. Abbott Nutrition (Infant Formulas / Similac): $230,900. Rich Products Corp.: $225,500. Cargill Inc.: $226,800. Welch’s: $167,000. Knouse Foods Cooperative: $160,300. W.M. Wrigley Jr. Co.: $116,900. Sunny Delight Beverages Co.: $114,500. Tree Top: $110,300. Bumble Bee Foods: $98,000. Sara Lee Corp.: $96,800. Hillshire Brands (Ball Park, Jimmy Dean): $86,000. McCain Foods USA: $50,600. Dole Packaged Foods Co.: $45,580. Goya: $ 56,100 Clorox: $33,000 S & W: $21,100 Organic And Natural Food Brands Owned By Big Corporations Coca-Cola: Honest Tea, Odwalla, Simply Orange. Cadbury: Green and Black’s Chocolate, Nantucket Nectars. ConAgra: Alexia, Hunt’s Organic, Lightlife (vegetarian and vegan meat substitutes like Smart Deli), Orville Redenbacher’s Organic. General Mills: Cascadia Farms, Cheerios, Food Should Taste Good, Larabar, Muir Glen, Nature Valley. Groupe Danone: Stonyfield Farm. Hershey’s: Dagoba Chocolate. Hain-Celestial (partially owned by Heinz): Arrowhead Mills, Bearitos, Breadshop Cereals, Casbah, Celestial Seasonings, DeBoles Pasta, Earth’s Best, Ethnic Gourmet, Garden of Eatin’, Gluten Free, Greek God’s, Hain Pure, Health Valley, Imagine Soups, Linda McCartney, Maranatha nut butters, Mountain Sun Juices, Nile Spice Soup, Rice Dream, Sensible Portions, ShariAnn’s, Soy Dream, Terra Chips, TofuTown, Walnut Acres, Westbrae Natural, WestSoy, Yves Meatless. JM Smucker: After the Fall, R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic. Kellogg: Bear Naked, Gardenburger, Kashi, Morningstar Farms, Natural Touch, Wholesome & Hearty. (Kashi cereals contain GMOs!) Kraft: Boca, Back to Nature. Mars/M&M: Seeds of Change Nestle: Tribe Mediterranean Foods Pepsi: Dole, Harvest Crunch, Izze, Naked Juice, Ocean Spray, Tazo, Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana. Rich’s: Fresh Meadow Unilever: Ben & Jerry’s, Knorr, Salada Personal Care Brands Owned By Big Corporations Clorox: Burt’s Bees. Colgate-Palmolive: Tom’s of Maine. Hain Celestial: Alba Botanica, Avalon Organics, Jason, Orjene, Queen Helene, Zia. Private/Small Companies That Support GMO Labeling Only a handful listed. For a larger listing: www.carighttoknow.org Alvarado Street Bakery Amy’s Kitchen Ancient Organics Annie’s AppleGate Farms Aubrey Organics Bob’s Red Mill Cedarlane Earthbound Farms Eden Foods Equal Exchange Frey Vineyards Golden Temple (Yogi Tea & Peace Cereal) Lundberg Family Farms Nature’s Path Newman’s Own Nutiva Organic Valley Pacific Natural Foods Simply Organic Tofurky Turtle Mountain www.cornucopia.org To Donate/Volunteer To Support GMO Labeling 0rganicconsumersfund.org Food Democracy Now! fdn.actionkit.com See more Previous article Art From Old Books Next article The Fibonacci Sequence in Nature Written by Keiren Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. One Ping Pingback:With A Name Like Smucker's, It Might Contain GMOs Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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