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Washington State, 2013:
GMO Labeling Ballot Initiative (I-522) would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages. The bill will be voted on in Washington State Nov. 5, 2013. Those companies who are fighting genetic labeling, and money they have spent on the 'No on 522' campaign are:
Monsanto = $4,834,000.
DuPont = $3,420,000.
PepsiCo Inc. = $1,600,000.
Coca-Cola = $1,047,000.
Nestle USA = $1,052,000.
General Mills = $598,800.
Bayer CropScience = $592,000.
Dow Agrosciences = $592,000.
BASF Plant Science = $500,000.
ConAgra Foods = $286,000.
Campbell Soup Co. = $265,000.
Hershey Company = $248,000.
Kellogg Co. = $222,000.
Land O’ Lakes = $100,000.
Cargill & Co. = $99,000.
Bimbo Bakeries (Sara Lee and Ball Park) = $94,000.
Del Monte = $86,000.
Ocean Spray Cranberries = $55,000.
Hormel Foods = $53,000.
Companies and their donations to keep GMO off of labels in California:
Ironically most of the companies lobbying against Prop 37 have a stake in the organic industry. See that list below, it might surprise you.
Monsanto = $7,100,000.
DuPont = $5,200,000.
PepsiCo Inc. = $2,500,000.
BASF Plant Science = $2,000,000.
Bayer CropScience = $2,000,000.
Dow Agrosciences = $2,000,000.
Syngenta Corp = $2,000,000.
Kraft Foods = $2,000,000.
Coca-Cola = $1,700,000.
Nestle USA = $1,315,400.
ConAgra Foods = $1,200,000.
General Mills = $1,200,000.
Del Monte = $674,000.
Kellogg Co. = $790,700.
Smithfield = $671,000.
Council for Biotechnology Information = $625,000.
Heinz = $500,000.
Hershey Company = $493,900.
J.M. Smucker Co. = $555,000.
Grocery Manufacturers Association = $375,000.
Hormel Foods Corp. = $374,300.
Unilever = $ 460,000.
Mars Food North America = $370,280.
Bimbo Bakeries USA = $422,900.
Ocean Spray Cranberries = $326,500.
Campbell Soup Co. = $320,455.
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC = $266,100.
Dean Foods Co. = $253,950.
Biotech Industry Organization = $250,000.
McCormick & Co. Inc. = $248,200.
Abbott Nutrition (Infant Formulas / Similac) = $230,900.
Rich Products Corp. = $225,500.
Cargill Inc. = $226,800.
Welch's = $167,000.
Knouse Foods Cooperative = $160,300.
W.M. Wrigley Jr. Co. = $116,900.
Sunny Delight Beverages Co. = $114,500.
Tree Top = $110,300.
Bumble Bee Foods = $98,000.
Sara Lee Corp. = $96,800.
Hillshire Brands (Ball Park, Jimmy Dean) = $86,000.
McCain Foods USA = $50,600.
Dole Packaged Foods Co. = $45,580.
Goya = $ 56,100.
Clorox = $33,000.
S & W = $21,100.
BASF, Bayer and Syngenta are subsidiaries of foreign pesticide companies.
The real money is coming from biotechnology giant Monsanto Co., which has given more than $4.7 million, and food giants like Pepsico and Coca-Cola, which sent a combined $1.9 million to fighting the proposal.
More than $1 billion dollars will likely be spent on campaigns this year for ballot measures, according to the Center for Public Integrity. That's more than the Republican and Democratic parties have raised collectively this cycle. [Source]
It doesn't really concern me that much. There are methods to help ensure food safety which are quite effective. Not foolproof however but then, neither is the "organic" system.
One last thing or two to add, if companies are claiming they lose track of what goes into their products, as you mentioned way back in the thread, do you really want to eat their crap?
Then it would seem to be more helpful to look for a label which says "no GM" rather than one that says "may contain GM." Because, with mandatory labeling, you would have a very hard time finding a product (containing soy, or corn, canola, or sugar beets) which does not carry that label. But then, you don't buy processed foods anyway, right?
And that thing about just slapping the "May contain GMO (erm) food" label on everything is just childish. Who I don't want to slap that particular label on is me or mine.