in addition to political candidates, many states have referendums and propositions on their November 6th ballot, and California is no exception. Proposition 37 would require food companies and manufacturers to label ready-for- market to be labeled as to its contents of Genetically Modified Organisms. While the proposition came out of the gate hard and fast with a large consumer backing, as the election draws near, support seems to be flagging.
Earlier this week, Food Democracy Now!, a national movement of more than 300,000 Americans working toward sustainable food policy, released of a scorecard, ranking the top companies that support California's Prop 37 and those that oppose it.
"Right now a major battle for the future of our food and our democracy is playing out in California, as everyday Californians are fighting to pass Prop 37 to label genetically engineered foods," said Dave Murphy, Executive Director of Food Democracy Now! and Co-Chair of the California Right to Know campaign. "For 20 years, Americans have been denied the right to know what's in their food. But in the past 18 months, a powerful grassroots movement of mothers, grandmothers, farmers, activists and small companies have stood up to the most powerful pesticide and biotech companies on the planet."
Food Democracy Now! has been mobilizing members and supporters to write thank-you letters to "Yes on 37 Heroes," thanking them for their support for Prop 37 and the California Right to Know campaign. These businesses have contributed more than $5.5million to support Prop 37, in contrast to the more than $40 million that major chemical and junk food companies have raised to oppose the ballot initiative.
Companies that have contributed funds to pass Proposition 37:
Mercola.com , Nature's Path Dr. Bronner's, Lundberg, Udis/EarthBalance/Glutino, Clif Bar, Organic Valley, Amy's, Annie's, Nutiva, and Frey Vineyards.
Companies that have made financial contributions to defeat Proposition 37:
Monsanto, DuPont, Pepsi, Bayer(no differentiation between Animal Health and Crop Science), Dow, BASF, Syngenta, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Nestle, General Mills, ConAgra, Kellogg's, and Smithfield.
Propositions passed in California are often a bellwether for regulations for the rest of the country.