Wednesday, December 5, 2012

~~~~~~~~HUNGER 5: WHO FUNDED PROP 37~~~~~~~~

Prop 37 would require many foods sold in California to be specially labeled if they were "made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways," according to the California's official ballot summary. Although several foods will be exempt for a variety of reasons, calling some genetically changed products "natural" will not be allowed...(use link for complete list)
SUPPORTERS

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOREMPLOYEROCCUPATIONAMOUNT
MERCOLA.COM HEALTH RESOURCES LLC

$1,115,000.00
ORGANIC CONSUMERS FUND

$1,034,639.25
KENT WHEALYSEED SAVERS EXCHANGECO-FOUNDER$1,000,000.00
NATURE'S PATH FOODS U.S.A. INC. FINE NATURAL FOOD PRODUCTS

$610,709.21
THE STILLONGER TRUST, MARK SQUIRE TRUSTEESELF EMPLOYEDINVESTMENTS$440,000.00
DR. BRONNER'S MAGIC SOAPS (AND ALL-ONE-GOD-FAITH INC.)

$369,882.70
WEHAH FARM, INC., DBA LUNDBERG FAMILY FARMS

$251,000.00
GFA BRANDS - GREAT FOODS OF AMERICA

$102,000.00
ALEX BOGUSKYFEARLESS REVOLUTIONFOUNDER$100,000.00
AMY'S KITCHEN

$100,000.00
BIG HEN GROUP I, LLC

$100,000.00
CLIF BAR & COMPANY

$100,000.00
CROPP COOPERATIVE INC. ORGANIC VALLEY

$100,000.00
ALI PARTOVIVARIOUS STARTUPSANGEL INVESTOR & ADVISOR$95,014.37
ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION

$79,828.36
.
OPPONENTS

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOREMPLOYEROCCUPATIONAMOUNT
ABBOTT NUTRITION

$234,500.00
B&G FOODS, INC.

$40,000.00
BASF PLANT SCIENCE

$2,000,000.00
BAYER CROPSCIENCE

$2,000,000.00
BIMBO BAKERIES USA

$422,900.00
BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION

$252,000.00
BRISTOL FARMS

$2,500.00
BRUCE FOODS CORPORATION

$31,800.00
BUMBLE BEE FOODS, LLC

$368,500.00
BUNGE NORTH AMERICA, INC.

$248,600.00
C. H. GUENTHER & SON, INC.

$24,189.18
CALIFORNIA GROCERS ASSOCIATION

$56,000.00
CALIFORNIA SHOPPING CART RETRIEVAL CORP

$2,050.00
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY

$500,000.00
CARGILL, INC.

$226,846.30
.

The proposition failed by a relatively narrow margin: 46.9 percent to 53.1 percent. This indicates that close to half of all California voters (or more than four million people) would like GMOs labeled and greater transparency on the part of the food industry. As for those who voted no, many were likely swayed by the aggressive marketing (read: propaganda) efforts of the Big Food companies that poured more than $45 million dollars into the "No on 37" campaign.

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