A billboard promoting Monsanto in Champaign, Ill. Credit: Pam G. Dempsey / Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Ten agribusiness companies that support genetically modified crops have donated more than $1.2 million in political campaign contributions to members of the U.S. Senate for the 2010, 2012 and 2014 election cycles, according to an analysis by Maplight.org

Thursday, by a vote of 27-71, the Senate defeated an amendment to the farm bill from Senator Bernie Sanders that sought to ensure that states can enforce their own laws requiring genetically modified foods to have special labels.

Some, including Senator Sanders, believe that biotech food companies are pursuing a legal strategy to prevent states from requiring the labels. “When the state of Vermont, and other states go forward in passing legislation to label genetically modified food, they have been threatened by Monsanto and other large biotech companies with costly lawsuits,” Sanders said on the Senate floor.

Read more on Maplight.org

Meanwhile, here the AgProfessional opines a top 10 list of why people hate genetically modified foods: Commentary: GMOs – How do I hate thee?

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