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Food-Labeling Supporters Get A Boost

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on October 7, 2014 - 3:24pm

By: Peter Wong

Supporters have raised a little more money, but opponents have far outspent them in the campaign over Measure 92, which proposes labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms sold in Oregon.

Supporters have raised a little more money, but opponents have far outspent them in the campaign over Measure 92, which proposes labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms sold in Oregon.

As of Monday, the latest filings with the Oregon Elections Division say supporters reported raising $3.38 million and spending $2.85 million, $1 million of which went toward signature-gathering efforts to qualify Measure 92 for the ballot.

Opponents reported raising $5.7 million and spending $5.8 million.

Out-of-state contributions play a big role on both sides.

Measure 92 opponents have amassed virtually all of their money from major food companies and biotechnology groups. Among them as of Oct. 6 are Monsanto Co., $1,584,600; PepsiCo, $800,000, and General Mills, $695,000.

Major contributions to Measure 92 supporters have been made by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, $865,000; Mercola.com Health Resources, $650,000, and Presence Marketing Inc., Food Democracy Action and Organic Consumers Fund, $200,000 each.

Dr. Bronner's added $215,000, Mercola.com and Organic Consumers Fund, $100,000 each.

Oregon State Public Interest Research Group has contributed materials and volunteer time estimated at $250,000.

Originally Publisehd: Portland Tribune 

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