A couple of months ago I was quoted saying that if California’s Proposition 37 didn’t pass – I’d get sick to my stomach. Well, that’s exactly what happened as I watched the returns come in on Tuesday Night. I went to bed numb and admittedly sad knowing it was going to require much more work to change the food system in this country.
However, I woke up the next morning with a renewed sense of hope – I thought – what is the ultimate goal of labeling anyways? I and so many millions of other people who became informed about GMOs as a result of this campaign, would likely stop buying GMOs all together if they were labeled, right? So that’s actually what this movement should be about. The ultimate goal should be to completely eliminate GMOs from our food supply. Labeling is just one way to get there – but there’s another way – a way that empirical evidence has proven to get us there faster.
We have power as consumers. Power that can not be underestimated. If consumers can change the unscrupulous ways companies operate by sharing information on social media about non-organic ingredients in organic yogurt, pink slime in hamburger meat, bugs in frappuccinos at Starbucks and requesting cage-free eggs at Burger King for example – Imagine if all the people (4.3 million) who voted for labeling of GMOs in California + everyone else engaged in this country were to take collective action directly hitting the bottom line of the very chemical and junk food companies that led the misinformation campaign in California. What if we were able to send these companies a louder message – a message even bigger than 4.3 million votes? That’s what the GMO Inside campaign was developed to do. Launched today, GMO Inside is a national campaign created to propel the momentum of Prop 37 and to “show corporations that people will not complacently serve as lab rats for the testing of genetically engineered foods.”
This coalition will mobilize Americans to take action in their homes, grocery stores, and communities to call attention to genetically engineered foods. GMO Inside will lead consumers to ultimately boycott the companies that want to keep us from knowing what’s in our food. Hitting their bottom line is the only way we can collectively make a significant change to our food system without legislation. If people stop buying GMOs, companies will stop using them.
I am deeply touched at the amount of encouragement and support you have already given to me regarding my passion for this issue. I hope that you will also join the GMO Inside campaign, sign up on the website and follow us on social media:
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GMOInside
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GMOInside
- Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/GMOInside
This is only the beginning…