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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 11:08 AM
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“If we do not stand up today and demand 100% labeling of GE food toknow honestly and clearly what products we are buying, we are complicit criminals in creating a slippery sloap that will reduce Homo Erectus to Homo Extinctus.” Dr. Brian Clement, Hippocrates Health Institute

A recent report shows that pesticide and processed food companies just contributed nearly $10 million to oppose Proposition 37 – requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

The largest of these contributions come from Dupont Pioneer ($2,441,500), Bayer Cropscience ($1,064,000) and BASF Plant Science ($996,500).  Other contributions include $500,000 each from Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle USA, General Mills and ConAgra.

The POP Campaign and it’s MOMS4POP initiative continue to educate and support consumers and their right to know what is in the foods they eat.

“Rather than reducing the need for hazardous pesticides, herbicide-resistant seeds have driven a massive increase in herbicide use that has been linked to significant environmental and public health concerns,” explains Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network.  “It’s clear that genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant seeds are the growth engines of the pesticide industry’s sales and marketing strategy.”

According to a 2009 report by Chuck Benbrook, PhD, farmers applied 318 million more pounds of pesticides over the first 13 years of commercial GE crop production (1996-2008), as a direct result of planting genetically engineered seeds. “GE crops are pushing pesticide use upward at a rapidly accelerating pace,” wrote Benbrook, chief scientist of the Organic Center. 

This is how the food system works – see the names of the contributors and their amounts:

DUPONT PIONEER         $2,441,500.00
BAYER CROPSCIENCE          $1,064,000.00
BASF PLANT SCIENCE     $996,500.00
PEPSICO, INC.     $500,000.00
NESTLE USA, INC.     $500,000.00
GENERAL MILLS, INC.     $500,000.00
CONAGRA FOODS     $500,000.00
COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA     $500,000.00
SYNGENTA CORPORATION     $498,000.00
THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY     $367,604.16
BIMBO BAKERIES USA     $320,516.72
DEL MONTE FOODS COMPANY     $175,574.33
KNOUSE FOODS COOPERATIVE, INC.     $131,409.01
WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY     $116,865.91
HERSHEY COMPANY     $102,906.72
MARS FOOD NORTH AMERICA     $100,242.69
BUMBLE BEE FOODS, LLC     $98,073.62
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION     $94,380.71
OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC.     $94,311.63
SUNNY DELIGHT BEVERAGES COMPANY     $93,795.90
SARA LEE CORPORATION     $89,493.16
KELLOGG COMPANY     $82,299.57
PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC     $69,307.71
DEAN FOODS COMPANY     $66,143.16
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY     $65,114.35
MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INC.     $64,645.53
SOLAE, LLC     $59,214.59
RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION     $58,070.74
CARGILL, INC.     $52,069.51
MCCAIN FOODS USA, INC.     $50,592.94
DOLE PACKAGED FOODS COMPANY     $45,580.05
C. H. GUENTHER & SON, INC.     $23,401.61
LAND O’LAKES, INC.     $21,513.78
HERO NORTH AMERICA     $21,044.96
GODIVA CHOCOLATIER, INC.     $11,121.53
MORTON SALT     $5,396.06
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS: $9,980,690.65

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