A handful of top food companies and agribusinesses have contributed to the campaign to defeat California's Proposition 37, a ballot initiative to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients.
More than $44 million has been generated from companies and individuals contributing to the No on 37 campaign. On the other side of the issue, those fighting for labeling have generated $7 million.
The campaign tallies were calculated by nonpartisan analysis group MapLight Voter's Edge California, using data from the California Secretary of State's office.
Monsanto Company tops the No on 37 sponsor list, contributing more than $8 million. Other top ten contributors include Pepsico, Inc., Grocery Manufacturers Association, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and Kraft Foods. Rounding out the top ten with nearly $1.5 million is beverage company Coca-Cola.
Contributing to the pro-Proposition 37 campaign is Mercola.com Health Resources (Joseph Mercola), Kent Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange, Nature's Path Foods U.S.A., Mark Square, Organic Consumers Fund and Dr. Bronner's All-One-God-Faith, Inc. Completing the list of top ten contributors is Amy's Kitchen with $100,000.
The District of Columbia is listed in the top ten for locations represented by contributors to both funds.
Proposition 37 has become one of the most publicized California propositions on the ballot this year. Groups both for and against the proposition have cropped up – "No on 37" and "Yes on 37 California Right To Know."
The initiative has also generated national attention because if passed, it will be the first legislation of its kind in regards to food labeling, and could develop a precedent for other states. A previous national attempt this summer to require labeling of food for sale that contains GE ingredients was offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in negotiations regarding the Senate Farm Bill. His amendment failed 26-73.
Though the Senate farm bill amendment failed, an Oklahoma State University Survey prepared this fall indicated that prospective voters supported GE food labeling and Prop. 37.
For a full breakdown of Proposition 37 campaign contributors and a look at the arguments from both sides, click here.