In another win for the "Yes on 37" Right to Know campaign, the California Democratic Party agrees that we have the right to know if our food is genetically engineered.
Digital Journal reported on July 25 that the "Yes on 37" Right to Know campaign was organizing one million more voters.
Good news followed on July 27, when the campaign received three major endorsements, with the support of the 2.1 million member strong California Labor Legislation, and two high ranking leaders in their respective legislative bodies, namely Senator Barbara Boxer and State Senator Mark Leno. U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters also signed up in support of the campaign.
On July 29, yet another great endorsement was achieved, that of the California Democratic Party, who voted to endorse Prop 37. The party agrees with the overwhelming majority of Americans who want the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients.
After Saturday's endorsement by the Resolutions Board, who voted almost unanimously to support the measure, the Executive Board adopted it on Sunday without debate.
Despite opponents to the proposition, who had almost a dozen lobbyists at the meeting, party leaders chose to be on the right side of history. They enthusiastically joined with the people's movement, calling for more transparency in our food system, in order for families and individuals to be able to make informed choices as to the food they put on their plates.
Christine Pelosi, Chair of the State Democratic Party Women's Caucus and Honorary Co-Chair of the Yes on Prop 37 Leadership Council announced:
"As a mom, I believe all families have the right to know what's in the food we feed our kids. As a friend of labor, I trust farm workers and public health providers who support labeling genetically engineered foods. That's why I'm proud to join the grassroots movement supporting Yes on 37."
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Steve Smith, Communications Director for the California Labor Federation, said:
"Working people deserve the right to know what is in the food we are feeding our families. Prop 37 is a commonsense measure that ensures our families are able to make educated choices about the food we purchase. We’re proud to join with millions of Californians in supporting the right to know what’s in our food.”
Polls have shown nearly unanimous support across the political spectrum for labeling of genetically engineered foods. Nine out of ten voters in the U.S. and California back labeling according to recent polls (see Mellman 2012, CBS 2012 and Zogby 2012).
This means that the majority of Americans affiliated with both major political parties, across all demographics, want genetically engineered foods to be labeled.
Currently the U.S. stands virtually alone, as one of the few industrialized countries that does not label genetically engineered food products. At least 49 other countries including all of Europe, Japan, China and Russia provide information to purchasers of food items.
Ana Mascareñas, Policy and Communications Director with Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA, said:
"We advise people to exercise and make informed decisions about the foods they eat, yet Californians are left in the dark about genetically engineered foods. There are no long-term health studies on these foods. We have a right to know what we're feeding our families."
The Yes on 37 Right to Know initiative has been endorsed, to date, by over 1,000 community leaders. These leaders include a broad range of consumer, farm, environmental, and health advocates, including: the Consumer Federation of America, the United Farm Workers, California Certified Organic Farmers, Public Citizen, Organic Consumers Association, the California League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Food Safety, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco and the Sierra Club.
To view the full list of endorsers and for more information about the campaign, please visit www.CARighttoKnow.org.