Evidenced by failure of I-522, “money talks” also applies to food politics

| | November 7, 2013
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“Can money buy elections? Apparently so,” says Marion Nestle, NYU professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, in response to the rejection of Washington state’s labeling initiative. In her blog, “Food Politics,” she writes:

According to USA Today, the defeat cost opponents $22 million.  All of that—except $550—came from out of state.

The top five contributors were the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience.

But the Grocery Manufacturers Association was required to list its contributors. The top five?  PepsiCo, Nestlé (no relation), Coca-Cola, General Mills, ConAgra  at about a million each when you add it all up.

Read the full, original story here: “In food politics too, money talks” 

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