WASHINGTON STATE: WHO HAS FUNDED 'NO ON I-522' - THE TRUTH REVEALED

SUMMARY: "Following the announcement earlier this week that Washington State’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson had filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) for violating the state’s disclosure laws over the ‘no on I-522′ anti gmo labeling campaign, the GMA has been forced to reveal the full list of donors."

Following the announcement earlier this week that Washington State’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson had filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) for violating the state’s disclosure laws over the ‘no on I-522′ anti gmo labeling campaign, the GMA has been forced to reveal the full list of donors.

Pepsico, Coca-Cola, Nestle USA and Monsanto have grouped together with other large multi-national companies to try and stop the US public finding out what exactly is in their food:

- Soft drink manufacturers: Pepsico is tops with $1.6 million, just as it was the lead contributor in the 2012 campaign that defeated Prop. 37, a similar measure on the California ballot. Coca-Cola has given $1.047 million to No on 522.

- “Big Chocolate:” NestleUSA has given $1.052 million through the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The Hershey Company has donated $248,305 that’s gone to No on 522.

- The cereal industry: General Mills tops out with $598,819 that has found its way into No on 522 coffers, followed by Kellogg Co. with donations of $221,852 through the “Defense of Brands Strategic Account” fund set up by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

- Bread and Butter: Bimbo Bakeries — its brands include Orowheat, Sara Lee and Ball Park buns — has given $94,093, while butter maker Land O’ Lakes has donated $99,803.

- Agribusiness: Such firms as Monsanto ($4 million) have given separately to the record-setting No on 522 campaign. But Cargill & Co. put in $98,601 through the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Conagra — whose products include Hunt’s Tomatoes, Banquet foods and David seeds — has put up $285, 281 to defeat the Washington labeling initiative.

- Canned foods: Del Monte put in $86,576 through the “Defense of Brand” fund, and Campbell Soup gave $265,140. Campbell donated $500,000 directly to the anti-Prop. 37 campaign in California last year.

The food industrial giants gave individually in California last year, contributing to a $46 million war chest that narrowly turned back the labeling measure. Lets hope the end result is better this time!

SOURCE: Sustainable Pulse
URL: http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/10/19/who-has-funded-washington-state-n...
DATE: 23.10.2013