“Pesticide corporations like Monsanto continue to enjoy unfettered and unlabeled access to the market, while consumers are left largely in the dark,” said Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network. “Despite the best efforts of the Big 6 to confuse and distort the issue, Californians have a right to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown.”
Monsanto and five other corporations — BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta, collectively known as the “Big 6” — dominate the world’s seed and pesticide markets and actively oppose the measure. In filings released this week, each of the Big 6 made contributions of at least $2 million, with Monsanto’s contribution alone totaling more than $7 million. To date, the opposition to Proposition 37 has raised more than $35 million, spending about $19 million with Sacramento public relations consultants, aggressive television advertising, and paid mailings.