Thursday, November 1, 2012

Update: Big Business Attacks Organic Leaders Over GMO Labeling

Breaking News: Corporations Stab Organic Consumers in Back

Corporations owning some of the nation's most popular organic brands (Horizon, Silk, Kashi, Cascadian Farms, R.W. Knudsen's, etc.) have joined Monsanto and the biotechnology industry in fighting California citizen initiative, Proposition 37, that will mandate GMO labeling . And if we win in California, companies will then likely be forced to label GMOs nationwide.

CA Proposition 37 Funding Update

October 31st, 2012 With contributions coming in daily from companies supporting or opposing Proposition 37 in California – the GMO labeling referendum – it’s not easy keeping our infographics up-to-date!  Here’s a quick update.

YES on 37 (heroes):
New contributors include Glorybee Foods ($10,000), Teeccino Caffe ($1,000) and Earth Circle Organics ($1,000).  Companies making contributions in addition to prior donations include Presence Marketing (an additional $55,000) and Stonyfield Farm (an additional $25,000).  And several executives chipped in with personal contributions, including Presence Marketing owner Bill Weiland ($25,000), UNFI, Inc. CEO Michael Funk (an additional $15,000) and Presence Marketing COO Christine Tzumas ($1,000). Briarpatch Community Co-op contributed an additional $1,375.
Music fans might be interested to learn that musician Jack Johnson contributed $5,000.

NO (fighting citizens right to know what is in their food):
The agrochemical corporation DuPont contributed half a million dollars 10-31-12.  General Mills, the parent company of organic brands Cascadian Farm and Muir Glen yesterday contributed an additional $95,000 and the J.M. Smucker Company, which owns organic juice brands R.W. Knudsen and Santa Cruz Organic, contributed an additional $70,000 to oppose Proposition 37.