The most important election issue to me right now isn’t even something that I am going to have the chance to vote on. Come November I will of course be watching the results of the political races but the vote that will keep me up the latest and the vote I will be watching the closest is whether or not Proposition 37 passes in California.
Image Source: GMO Free Project of Tucson
California is closer than any other state has been in history to finally get genetically modified foods (GMOs) labeled. This is hugely important not just to the state of California – but to all of the rest of us too. The passing of Prop 37 could spark a national movement that might ripple across the country. If California passes it, other states will want to as well. Some say that if all the major food companies have to change their food labels for the most populated state in the country, they will likely change all the labels because it would be too cost prohibitive to manage otherwise.
Because this effort is so near and dear to my heart, I’ve given my own money in support and I am even considering going door to door in CA to get out of the vote for this monumental initiative.
Major food companies are all working against Prop 37 and the right to know what you are eating. They are spending thousands and in some cases millions of dollars to saturate the airwaves, create TV commercials, advertisements, and send out mailers trying to confuse California citizens and convincing them to vote against labeling GMOs.
The game is still early and I’ve already seen major chemical and seed producers like Monsanto, Dupont and Dow up their ante. The money against this proposition is continuing to rise every single day. Kcet.org is keeping track of the latest numbers.
Here’s a snap shot of who is giving what and how much. These food companies obviously do not want you to know they are using GMOs and the amount of money these companies are spending says volumes about whether they care about our best interests or not.
* A printable handout of this information is available here.
In an effort to vote with my dollars, I’ve decided not to buy any more products from these companies – even the organic brands, labels and subsideries they own.
Just Say No to GMOs.
Who’s with me?