Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Prop 37 to Label GMO Foods Fails in California

Activist Post

It appears that the big advertising push by big food companies defeated the California's Proposition 37, a ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs).

The last few weeks has seen a stunning reversal of poll numbers in favor of Prop 37. Nationwide polls consistently show around 90% of Americans support GMO labeling, and a month ago California polls showed over 60% supported labeling.

Then, large food conglomerates pooled their funds to oppose to the measure and outspent the citizens Right to Know campaign nearly 6-to-1 ($45 million to $8 million).

Here is the list of the top donors that opposed labeling:

MONSANTO COMPANY $8,112,069
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO. $5,400,000
PEPSICO, INC. $2,145,400
GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION $2,002,000
BASF PLANT SCIENCE $2,000,000
BAYER CROPSCIENCE $2,000,000
DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC $2,000,000
SYNGENTA CORPORATION $2,000,000
KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL, INC. $1,950,500
NESTLE USA, INC. $1,461,600
COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA $1,455,500
GENERAL MILLS, INC. $1,230,300
CONAGRA FOODS $1,176,700
KELLOGG COMPANY $790,700
SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC. $683,900
DEL MONTE FOODS COMPANY $674,100
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY $598,000
Below is one of the many "Vote No on 37" commercials used to convince the public that labeling is not important:



Some radio spots even claimed that labeling would raise prices at the grocery stores in an attempt to scare voters. After this barrage of ads, polling as recent as two weeks ago showed less than 40% of the people still supported labeling GMOs with over 50% opposed to it.

As the final vote tallies come in from California, it looks like Big Business has bought themselves a seemingly impossible double-digit victory -- currently leading 55% to 44% with 41% of the vote reporting.

By any standard this is an unprecedented turnaround in such a short period of time, especially for an issue that seems like an obvious "Yes" vote. Who would not want to know what's in their food?

Some are already speculating that Prop 37 poll numbers were being fudged in the lead up to the vote to make stealing the vote less obvious.  Although this would normally seem outrageous and conspiratorial, it seems nearly as believable as the miraculous last-minute win by Big Agribusiness.

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

How is this possible? It doesn't make any sense.

Anonymous said...

so sad that marijuana laws passed by a landslide, yet this was lost! keep voting with your wallet so long as food can still be labeled gmo free few and far between i know, don't starve!
... proof america cares more about entertainment than truth. it lost bc people bought industry lies, didn't bother voting or was bought and paid for by monsanto et al. too bad obama didn't make any election promises about this one- ha... right to know- just like you have the rightt to vote.

Anonymous said...

The whole system is rigged. Like the delusion of democracy, all corrupt n fraudulent. Not one American trusts the voting system. Proof the fluoride is working!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1thcO_olHas

Anonymous said...

I seriously hate California - They betrayed the rest of the country.

Stupid, stupid people!

Eich said...

People are that f-ing stupid..

Anonymous said...

Too many loopholes. It needed a rewrite.

Anonymous said...

The first thing that entered my mind was: The Numbers Are Rigged. Some comments here are pejorative of Californians, this is a mistake. No one knows from where the results came, except the ones who paid for them.

Anonymous said...

The third comment is correct above, why can't people see voting is totally rigged. This is so easy to see, people just cannot believe it to be true???!!?? If they can pull off sept 11, how can you not think they can perform vote fraud, come on people. The life you are living is an illusion people, the last really truthful try to turn all of this around was in 1963. We are so far gone as a nation, please quit debating about how you cannot understand how the people of California didn't vote this into law, IT'S RIGGED, THEY CAN MAKE THE VOTE COUNTS COME OUT HOWEVER THEY WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

If voting made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it.
Mark Twain.



This vote was obviously rigged, too much at stake for the oligarchs.

Anonymous said...

There is absolutely nothing to keep a group forming a chartered organization to label all certified growers' food as 100% GMO-free. Can't make the frankenfreaks label it? Then let the healthy producers certify it,label it, and sue the pants off of any violating the standards if they use the label.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall!

Anonymous said...

FYI:
) Noticed this good blog post re: next steps -
http://thegeneticengineeringdebate.blogspot.ca/2012/11/the-next-step-after-proposition-37.html
2) From the NonGMO Project today: ""We ARE Winning KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK! Please re-post far & wide. Together we CAN protect the future" "Pls Share"
http://non-gmoproject.createsend4.com/t/ViewEmail/r/167D7DB01007CCED/9162395C79ECDA64A2432AF2E34A2A5F
(also can see on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151158637338515)

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone really believes that this did not pass. We all know that there has been voter fraud forever, but it was all total 100% fraud in 2012, starting way back with the GOP stealing the Iowa caucus from Ron Paul after announcing beforehand that they would do whatever it takes to make sure Ron Paul did not get their nomination and ending with announcing the winners from state after state before any votes were even counted.

sixtiessman said...

The vote-counting fraud conspiracy theory is absurd. Why would corporations take a risk of being involved in something like that? All these conspiracy theories are simplistic to the degree that they become excuses for not dealing with the angst involved in digging for the real truth; they also bringing us closer to the point where we literally give up the fight because everything is controlled by invisible actions of the ghost corporate-autocracy.

Anonymous said...

In ref to sixtiessman: You are indeed ignorant. There are billions of dollars at stake. European nations require that foods containing GMOs be labelled. In Europe there are no GMOs because consumers don't buy them. If you are capable of seeing past your biased view then you would realize that labeling would destroy the industry. If you consider the recent study in France showing that GMOs lead to cancer in rodents and subsequent steps by the E.U. to consider banning GMO products. Then you would realize, if they are willing to poison the American people then you know they are wiling to rig an election.

Anonymous said...

Google *Monsanto position vs. Federal position image* This chart reveals some interesting facts. It’s no wonder the fight is so difficult to label GMO’s or get the facts on what GMO's are doing to the life on this planet.

I can't believe that Prop 37 didn't pass. Imagine people voting to NOT know what they are eating...... the misinformation these mega corporations were spewing seemed to have worked, for now.

Anonymous said...

sixtiesman......pretty clever name for a Monsanto troll. Well done.
Unfortunate for you that your job is to sell unbelievable lies. No sale here......move along now.

Limey said...

I agree with most of the above comments. I live in the UK but have been following Prop 37 closely. You guys are on the front line and have my support and sympathy. We don't have GMs here yet to any great extent, but if the battle is lost in the U.S. then it's only a matter of time 'til it spreads to Europe and the rest of the world. Best of luck and keep fighting for Prop 37.

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