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Monsanto Spends Millions in Bid to Defeat Local GMO Labeling Initiative

This is not the first time the biotech giant has funneled millions into efforts to defeat labeling laws

A sign at a 2013 rally in Connecticut. (photo: CT Senate Democrats/flickr /cc)

A sign at a 2013 rally in Connecticut. (photo: CT Senate Democrats/flickr /cc)

Monsanto, the largest genetically-modified seed corporation in the world, has so far spent over $4 million in a bid to crush an Oregon initiative, up for vote in November, to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered food.

Records from the Oregon Secretary of State's office show that the company, on October 8, made a contribution of $2.5 million to opponents of the bill, bringing the company's total contributions to $4,085,150.

The initiative—ballot measure 92—would require manufacturers and retailers to label "genetically engineered raw and packaged food." Backers of the provision say that Oregonians "have the right to know" what is in their food.

This is not the first time Monsanto has poured its funds into efforts to crush such measures. Earlier this month, it was revealed that the company has spent $4.7 million to defeat a similar initiative in Colorado, also up for vote in November.

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