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Nation's Top Food Makers and Agrichemical Companies Oppose Honest Food Labels

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(Sacramento, Calif.) The latest round of funding just reported to the California Secretary of State's office reveals the agrichemical and multi-national food companies that are joining forces to thwart the will of the overwhelming majority of Americans who want the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients.

Proposition 37 opponents reported contributions of $377,000 in the second quarter, the largest of which came from the Grocery Manufacturers Association ($125,000) an industry trade group whose president said that defeating Prop 37 "is the single-highest priority for GMA this year."

The largest food industry contributions were made by Pepsico ($54,725), Nestle ($37,286), Coca Cola ($37,127), ConAgra Foods ($34,331), Kellogg ($20,167) and J.M. Smucker ($12,371)-all members of GMA. 

"Why are these giant food companies spending so much money to hide the truth about what's in our food?" asked Stacy Malkan, a spokeswoman for the Yes on 37 Right to Know Campaign. "These same companies are already informing foreign consumers about genetically engineered food in 49 other countries including all of Europe, Japan, China and Russia. Californians have a right to know what's in our food too." 

"We're in for another David versus Goliath fight. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we expect will be millions of dollars pouring into misleading ad campaigns from multi-billion dollar businesses that don't want us to know that their food was genetically engineered."

The Yes on 37 Campaign received $405,000 in contributions last quarter with the largest donations coming from thousands of small donors who made contributions online through the Organic Consumers Fund ($400,000), as well as from Nutiva ($50,000), Organic Valley ($50,000) and two individuals who donated $50,000 and $25,000.

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