A million more signatures for GMO food labeling
The people who think that all “genetically engineered” foods should be labeled as such are still organizing for the November California vote on Proposition 37. Just because groups gathered a million signatures to get the proposition on the ballot doesn’t mean they are taking a rest.
The “Yes on 37 Right to Know Campaign" organizers have pledged to gather signatures from another million Californians to publicize support for voting Proposition 37 into law. The collection of signatures is the tool for keeping attention on the proposition with the public and news media.
The Yes on 37 organizers will not be dissuaded by any amount of facts, science, economics or other counterpoints being expressed by average farmers, ag industry officials or government regulators. Obviously, it has been easy pickings for campaigners to convince the average citizen to agree with having the right to know every detail about the food they are eating.
“The campaign has tapped into a deep grassroots passion for knowing what’s in our food and created a statewide network of thousands of volunteers who helped the measure quickly qualify for the November ballot. The initiative, which calls for simple labels on foods that have been genetically engineered, collected almost a million signatures in just 10 weeks (original campaign to gain a ballot position),” a news release from the Yes on 37 group claimed.
“No other election campaign we know of has mobilized so many voters so quickly with such a huge network of volunteers,” said Stacy Malkan, a spokeswoman for Yes on 37. “This is a powerful people’s movement. Californians are demanding the right to know what they are eating and feeding their children.”
Yes on 37 has initiated its One Million More signature drive using door to door solicitation and stationing supporters outside grocery stores and farmers markets across the state. The campaign to require labeling every food that might have GMO content is also being spread high and wide with online sites and various social media. More than 300 bloggers have signed on to promote Yes on 37, according to organizers.
An additional claim is that more than 800 organizations of people in all walks of life have endorsed voting 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.