Good Neighbor Farmers, a political action committee in Oregon determined to defeat two proposed measures that would ban GMOs in certain Oregon counties, received enormous sums of money from Monsanto and other biotech companies yesterday. Good Neighbor Farmers PAC opposes two measures facing The Beaver State this year. Total contributions to the committee to date amounted to $799,835.00. The Oregonianreported yesterday, “It’s a whopping amount of money for a local county measure, but the stakes are huge for these companies. If the measure passes, the companies stand to lose money.”
Measure 15-119, which appears on the May 20 ballot, would ban the growing of genetically modified crops in Jackson County. Similarly, Measure 17-58 intends to ban GMOs in Josephine County. Good Neighbor Farmers PAC and biotech firms oppose both anti-GMO measures.
According to transaction reports from the Oregon Secretary of State, the biotech giants Bayer CropScience, BASF Plant Science, and Dow AgroSciences each donated $22,352.95 in an attempt to perpetuate GM plant farming in two counties. DuPont Pioneer contributed $129,647.05. Syngenta shelled out $75,000 to support GMOs in Oregon counties. Monsanto, the globally recognized king of biotechnology, out-spent them all: Monsanto donated a whopping $183.294.10 cash to Good Neighbor Farmers political action committee.