Food Lobby Discloses Major Donors Fighting GE Labeling

GMO (no)It didn’t happen in California before or after Proposition 37 – the ballot measure that would have put mandatory labeling for food containing GMO ingredients in place – went down in flames. But thanks to Washington state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson filing suit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) last week for violating state election disclosure requirements, the lobby group published a list of their major donors to fighting the “Yes on 522” measure in Washington on Friday, according to Cornucopia Institute.

The Oct. 18 disclosure by GMA, totaling more than $7 million, reads like a who’s who of giant food manufacturers. The top contributors are:

  • Moody Dunbar, Inc.: $1,804
  • Bruce Foods Corporation: $3,006
  • The Clorox Company: $12,024
  • Bush Brothers & Company A: $16,233
  • Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc.: $14,429
  • Clement Pappas & Company, Inc.: $21,043
  • Rich Products Corporation: $24,049
  • Sunny Delight Beverages Company: $21,043
  • Shearer’s Foods, Inc.: $25,251
  • Welch Foods, Inc.: $28,859
  • Bumble Bee Foods, LLC: $36,073
  • Pinnacle Foods Group LLC:  $120,846
  • The J. M. Smucker Company: $241,091
  • Bunge North America, Inc.: $94,993
  • Dean Foods Company: $120,245
  • Kellogg Company: $221,852
  • ConAgra Foods: $285,281
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA: $94,693
  • Abbott Nutrition: $127,459
  • Campbell Soup Company: $265,140
  • Del Monte Foods Company: $86,576
  • Mondelez Global LLC: $144,895
  • Land O’Lakes, Inc.: $99,803
  • The Hershey Company: $248,305
  • Hormel Foods Corporation: $52,908
  • McCormick & Company, Inc.: $102,208
  • General Mills, Inc.: $598,819
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.: $55,313
  • FlowersFoods, Inc.: $141,288
  • Cargill, Inc.: $98,601
  • The Hillshire Brands Company: $97,398
  • Nestlé USA, Inc.: $1,052,743
  • The Coca-Cola Company: $1,047,332
  • PepsiCo, Inc.: $1,620,899

Total:    $7,222,500 contributed to stop consumers right to know what’s in their food

 Let’s hope that now that consumers know what their favorite brands are up to, they’ll step up and vote “Yes” on 522. Informed consent is every consumers right, especially when it might effect our health.
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