Labeling Opponents

Who are the companies fighting our right to know?

Transparency is our right. Yet a handful of companies, such as Monsanto, Kraft, Kellogg’s and General Mills, have gotten away with hiding important information about our food for more than two decades.

In November of 2012, some of America’s biggest and most profitable chemical companies teamed up with a handful of large food companies to spend more than $45 million in an advertising blitz to stop Prop 37, an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. This year, the same companies have raised millions to try to defeat a similar initiative in Washington state.

For these companies, a defeat of labeling supports their interests, not the consumers.  The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – Big Food’s national lobby group –called defeating Prop 37 “the single highest priority for GMA” in 2012, and has already poured millions into defeating Washington state’s initiative. While claiming their products are safe and that biotechnology is beneficial, they are emptying their pockets to fight a simple label. What is there to hide?

Polling shows overwhelming public support for labeling of genetically engineered foods, yet the same food and chemical companies continue to ignore consumers fight our right to know every chance they get.

This will continue to be a David vs. Goliath battle, an unequal fight between the American consumer and corporate money. It’s time to call out these companies, and demand that support the consumer’s right to transparency.

Full List of Right To Know Opponents
No. Donor No On 37 No on 522*
1 Monsanto Co. $8,112,866 $5,374,484
2 Dupont $5,400,000 $3,880,159
3 PepsiCo $2,485,000 $2,352,966
4 Grocery Manufacturers Association $2,002,000 $11,000,000**
5 Kraft Foods $2,000,500 $0
6 BASF Plant Science $2,000,000 $500,000
7 Bayer CropScience $2,000,000 $591,654
8 DOW Agrosciences $2,000,000 $591,654
9 Syngenta Corporation $2,000,000 $0
10 Coca-Cola North America $1,690,500 $1,520,351
11 Nestle USA $1,461,600 $1,528,206
12 General Mills $1,230,300 $869,270
13 ConAgra Foods $1,176,700 $828,251
14 Kellogg's Company $790,700 $322,049
15 Smithfield Foods $683,900 $0
16 Delmonte Foods $674,100 $125,677
17 Campbell Soup Company $598,000 $384,888
18 Smucker Company $555,000 $349,977
19 Hershey Company $518,900 $360,450
20 Biotechnology Industry Organization $502,000 $0
21 Heinz Company $500,000 $0
22 Mars Inc. $498,350 $0
23 Hormel Foods $467,900 $76,803
24 Unilever $467,100 $0
25 Bimbo Bakeries $422,900 $137,460
26 Bumble Bee Foods $420,600 $52,365
27 Ocean Spray Cranberries $409,100 $80,294
28 Council for Biotechnology Information $375,000 $0
29 Sara Lee Corporation $343,600 $0
30 Abbott Nutrition $334,500 $185,025
31 Pinnacle Foods Group $266,100 $175,425
32 Dean Foods $253,950 $174,552
33 Cargill $250,000 $143,133
34 Bunge North America $248,600 $137,896
35 Rich Products Corporation $248,300 $34,910
36 McCormick & Company $248,200 $148,369
37 Flowers Foods $182,100 $205,099
38 Mondolez International $181,000 $210,335
39 Dole Packaged Foods $175,000 $0
40 Knouse Foods $167,600 $20,945
41 Welch Foods $167,000 $41,892
42 Land O'Lakes $153,300 $144,878
43 Sunny Delight Beverages $139,700 $30,546
44 Wrigley Jr. Company $123,350 $0
45 Tree Top Inc. $110,600 $0
46 Clement Pappas & Co. $100,000 $30,546
47 Hilshire Brands Company $85,900 $282,774
48 Hero North America $80,800 $0
49 Mead Johnson Nutrition Company $80,000 $0
50 Faribault Foods $76,000 $0
51 Solae Inc. $62,500 $0
52 Goya Foods $56,700 $0
53 McCain Foods USA $53,400 $0
54 Godiva Chocolatier $42,700 $0
55 B&G Foods $40,000 $0
56 Clorox Company $39,700 $17,454
57 Bruce Foods $38,500 $4,363
58 C.H. Guenther & Son $24,700 $0
59 Morton Salt $21,400 $0
60 Reily Foods Company $18,400 $0
61 Inventure Foods $15,600 $0
62 Hirzel Canning Company $15,000 $0
63 Idahoan Foods $10,000 $0
64 Sargento Foods $10,000 $0
65 Snack Foods Association $10,000 $0

*Amount donated as of October 2013
**GMA member donations included in list