Monsanto ponies up and Big Ag pulls ahead in GMO labeling horse race

Well I seem to be ahead of the curve this week…here is commentary on the campaign to have food labeling in Washington state that I just posted

Grist

If the GM food labeling battle is a horse race, Big Ag just upgraded to a genetically modified super horse. With wings.

Just a few weeks ago those in favor of GMO labeling in Washington state were in the lead, having raised $3.5 million, nearly four times as much as those opposed. But, as we noted at the time:

The relative weight of contributions, however, is likely to shift rapidly as the Washington initiative approaches its Nov. 5 moment of truth at the ballot box. Last year, the campaign against the California proposition spent $42 million in the six weeks before the vote.

Monsanto validated this prediction last week, dropping $4.6 million into the campaign. Then DuPont Pioneer added another $3.2 million. The groups campaigning to pass the labeling initiative are getting more “in-kind” contributions, that is, use of office space, equipment, and volunteer labor. But the total…

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