The debate surrounding labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms is heating up again as the midterm election approaches. If passed, Prop 92 in Oregon and Prop 105 in Colorado would require that food companies label products sold in those states that contain GMOs.
Corporations spent a combined $64 million in 2012—when California’s Prop 37 failed to pass—and 2013 to combat GMO labeling efforts. With less than two weeks until the election, agribusiness giant Dupont Pioneer donated $2.5 million to the NO on 92 Coalition campaign in Oregon—the largest campaign contribution in the state’s history.
Currently, more than 60 countries around the world require GMO labeling or ban GMOs altogether; agribusiness giant Monsanto supports labeling abroad, but not in the United States.
Even though some corporations are trying to increase GMO transparency, these are the 10 food companies that just might have enough money to keep GMO labels off products in the country—at least until the next election cycle.