Which big campaign donor in this year’s battle over Initiative 522 — the ballot measure to require labels on genetically engineered food — once declared its “full backing” of food labeling in Britain?
Here’s a hint: In the late 1990s, the company advertised to consumers in the United Kingdom: “We believe you should be aware of all the facts before making a purchase.”
Thinking Whole Foods? Guess again.
The answer is Monsanto, one of the world’s largest producers of genetically engineered seeds and herbicides, and one of the top contributors to the No on 522 Committee now trying to defeat the Washington initiative.
In September, the St. Louis-based biochemical giant dropped a single contribution of $4.2 million into the No on 522 Committee’s campaign account, after spending $8.1 million last year to help defeat a similar ballot measure in California.