How Monsanto Bought the Election



How many millions of dollars does it take to buy an election? In the case of Monsanto, DuPont, Pepsi  and other giants in agri-business, it takes about $45 million.

That’s how much these giants of the food industry spent to successfully defeat California Proposition 37, which would have required a label on genetically-modified foods (GMOs). In the end, the corporate-backed “No” campaign won out 53.1% to the grassroots “Yes” campaign’s 46.9%. And that’s a stark contrast from just a few months ago, when polls showed that California voters approved of the measure 3-to-1.

California would have been the first state in the United States to require such labeling, joining the European Union and several other nations across the globe in giving consumers the right to know if their foods are science experiments. In a country where 70-80% of foods are genetically modified in some way, and where the science on whether GMOs are safe or not isn’t 100% clear, California would have become  a trailblazer in the food movement.

Before Mosanto et al.’s millions came around , polls showed that California voters approved of the measure 3-to-1. Then the  ”No” campaign poured its money into television advertisements, like the one you’ll see on the next page.

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Deceptive advertising is nothing new in political campaigns, sure. But let’s point out some of the problems: the farmer in this video would not have been affected at all by the proposition — the labeling burden was placed on retailers. The scientist in this video, Henry I. Miller, is a fellow at the right-wing thinktank Hoover Institute, which is located on Stanford’s campus. Before the ad was pulled at the request of lawyers, Miller was given the credential of, “Stanford University, founding dir. FDA Office of Technology.”

Another issue? Monsanto’s campaign claimed that the food labels would cause the price of groceries to soar — perhaps the biggest clincher in changing the minds of voters. The problem, though? Well, we have plenty of case studies, to compare it to. The European Union’s food prices never went up as a result. Independent research, not funded by the deep pockets of Monsanto, saw no projected increase. The study they cited was not even performed by economists, but big-industry consultants.

The only donations to the “No on 37′ campaigns came from corporations. And, in the end, the corporate interests, not the interests of the people, won out in California. The “Yes on 37″ campaign was outspent 5-to-1.  But there’s always next time — efforts are underway to put a similar measure on the ballot in Washington state.

5 thoughts on “How Monsanto Bought the Election

  1. Lol, “No wonder every major newspaper in this State votes NO on 37!”
    Does that seriously still mean anything to anyone?!
    It’s like living in the Jetsons reading propaganda from the Flintstones.

    That’s too bad. Although I’m pretty opposed to Federal regulation of *anything* I’m all for States bucking up and defining their own rules. That would have made for some really fun photography of grocery stores where 90%+ of the labels have a bright and glowing GMO label. *swoon*

    But, you know plan B is “Ok if this passes, we start promoting that GMO enhance jedi skills and neon equals godly.” You know, turn it to their advantage.

    45 million? Man. Google suggests California has 13.5 million voters, and if half of them supported Monsanto, that’s about $6/vote. What’s Monsanto’s annual income? How much is 45m to them? Pocket change?

    • i find it interesting that they use the ‘cost’ of the labeling to get the voters to say NO TO LABELING who cares if it costs 1 cent for a label ? Monsanto doesn’t care it is causing Cancer and suicides in Latin America .Nobody wants to eat blindly from a potentially poisoned produce shelf … GMO labeling another Obama election promise from ’08 …..

  2. GMO corn and suicides… My first wake up call to the reality of GMO corn was when I isolated it as an ingredient and realized I had an 18-hour 100% guaranteed reaction phase where I’d go into a very depressed, actively suicidal mode for the next 72 hours after digesting it. My body has become so sensitive I can’t even handle organic corn anymore, I think it is because the crops have become cross-pollinated 😦

    • sorry to hear this … i have read about farmers committing suicide because of the desperation they are facing with Monsanto poisoning their children with their pesticides as they apply it via small crop dusters … and now the seed saving outrage …. .Making a living the simple way is becoming impossible , self sufficiency is almost a rebellion in itself in the eyes of these Monsanto monsters …..

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