Organizing another million Californians who want the right to know what's in their food - this is the pledge made today by the California "Yes to 37" Right to Know Campaign.
Digital Journal reported on July 10 that the California "Right to Know" GMO labeling measure is Proposition 37 on the November ballot. Voters have shown high support for Prop 37, but will that translate to votes in November?
A deep, grassroots passion has arisen for a campaign formed so that consumers can know what's in their food. A statewide network of thousands of volunteers helped the measure to quickly qualify for the November ballot. The initiative, calling for simple labels on products that have been genetically engineered, collected almost one million signatures in only 10 weeks.
Stacy Malkan, a spokeswoman for "Yes on 37", has made the following statement:
“No other election campaign we know of has mobilized so many voters so quickly with such a huge network of volunteers.”
“This is a powerful people’s movement. Californians are demanding the right to know what they are eating and feeding their children,” she added.
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Yes on 37 - Right to Know Campaign
And now the Yes on 37 Campaign has set itself another ambitious goal - to organize "One Million More" Californians to vote for the right to know what they are feeding to their families.
This new drive will feature thousands of volunteers. These volunteers will go door to door, and from grocery stores, to farmers' markets, all across California.
There will also be an aggressive online campaign, inviting voters to show their support on the California Right to Know website, as well as in online communities and on social networks.
More than 800 organizations, including farmers, businesses, consumer, environmental and public health groups, as well as labor unions, have endorsed the campaign. More than 300 bloggers have signed on to promote Yes on 37.
“We will make history when we reach this ambitious goal of One Million More supporters. But we are making history already by standing up to some of America’s most powerful corporations to demand the right to know what’s in our food,” Malkan said.
“Frankly, we don’t understand why they oppose telling their American customers what’s in their products when they already provide labels indicating that their food products are made through genetic engineering in some 50 countries including all of Europe, Japan, Australia, and even China and Russia.”
The purpose of Proposition 37 is simply to require labeling of genetically engineered foods, whether plant or animal, whose DNA has been altered by genes from other animals, plants, viruses or bacteria.
The requirement for labeling would be gradually phased in, and would cost consumers nothing. However, it would give them the ability to decide for themselves whether or not to eat genetically engineered foods, that have never been proven safe for human consumption.
For more information about the campaign, please visit www.CARighttoKnow.org.