Truth in GMO Labeling Law: Who is Supporting and Who is Fighting Laws Requiring Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods such as California’s Prop 37?

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All any even slightly health-conscious eater need do to decide if they want to support a GMO (genetically modified organism) truth-in-labeling law such as California’s Prop 37 is to look at the major donors to both sides of the campaign.

For example, the major donors in support of California’s Prop 37 GMO truth-in-labeling initiative include:

Mercola Health Resources, Organic Consumers Fund, Nature’s Path Foods, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Wehah Farm (Lundberg Family Farms), Alex Bogusky, Amy’s Kitchen, Clif Bar & Co., Great Foods of America, and Annie’s, Inc.

Those against it?

Monsanto, Bayer Crop science, Pepsico, Inc., Nestle USA, Coca-Cola North America, Conagra Foods, Syngenta Corporation, General Mills, Del Monte Foods, Kellogg Company, Hershey Company, The J.M. Smucker Company, Council for Biotechnology Information, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Hormel Foods, Bumble Bee Foods, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Sara Lee, Bimbo Bakeries, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Pinnacle Foods, Dean Foods Company, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Campbell’s Soup, McCormick & Company, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Rich Products Corporation, Cargill, Inc., Dole Packaged Foods, Knouse Foods Cooperative, and Mars Food North America.

And if you cannot tell by the heavy hitters opposing this initiative, the “No on Prop 37” campaign has some serious funding behind it. The “No on Prop 37” campaign has a whopping $37.5 million backing it, while “Yes on Prop 37” has just over $4 million backing it. Monsanto, the GMO giant, donated $7 million alone to the “No on Prop 37” campaign. What “Yes on Prop 37” does have going for it is the loyal, and constantly growing, crowds of consumers who are demanding healthy food choices, truth in labeling, and, in this case, the right to choose whether or not to purchase and ingest GMO foods.

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For those of you who do not know, California’s Proposition 37 will require that raw or processed foods made from plants or animals with genetically modified material be labeled as such. It will also prohibit these foods from labeling and advertising their goods as “natural,” a loophole that has surely upset all of the companies selling food products containing GMO. Because the word “natural” really has no legal meanings, companies have been able to get away with labeling their foods as such, misleading consumers into believing that they were eating safe and healthy foods. Sounds like a great law, right? So why are these giant food corporations against it?

Well we could look at the surface, which is all of the reasons that they *say* they are against the initiative. According the “No on Prop 37” people, their concern is that it has too many special interest exemptions and it green lights shakedown lawsuits. One quote from the campaign states, “It’s a deceptive, deeply flawed food labeling scheme that would add more government bureaucracy and taxpayer costs, create new frivolous lawsuits, and increase food costs by billions–without providing any health or safety benefits.”

In fact, “No on 37” directly said:

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