domingo, noviembre 11, 2012

A big thank you to Prop 37 supporters


Your Donations Have Built an Unstoppable Movement

To all of you who dug into your pockets and shook your piggybanks to take a stand against Monsanto, Big Ag, and Big Food by supporting Prop 37, the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative, thank you for your generous support during these past nine months.

Every single one of your donations made a difference. Thanks to you, the OCA and OCF contributed over $1.4 million to the Yes on 37 campaign. All told, the Yes campaign raised about $7 million compared with the NO on 37 campaign’s war chest of $46 million, donated by the largest pesticide and junk food corporations in the world. Despite that huge disparity, you helped us win over 4.3 million Californians who are now aware of GMOs and are passionate about the fight to label them. 

We may have – only very narrowly – lost this one state battle, but your support has helped us build an unstoppable national movement. 

When we started down this road last year, we knew we would be outspent. What we didn’t know was how many of you, well beyond the boundaries of California, would jump into this fight with us. From the teenager in New York who gave a GMO speech at his Bar Mitzvah and donated his monetary gifts to the campaign, to the high school students in Marietta, Georgia, who made a CD and donated the proceeds, to the woman in Florida who donated $10,000 . . . to the thousands who sent donations of all sizes, from every state in the country, California thanks you. We thank you.

Without your support, this initiative might never have made it on the ballot, much less won nearly 47% of the vote. You helped build a coalition of food activists, volunteers, food safety and public health groups, consumer and environmental groups, politicians and organic food companies who will continue working together for years to come.

This was a victory for GMO awareness, for exposing corporate secrecy and corruption. It is just the first of many victories to come. Because your support has been so strong, we will continue to educate the public, pressure the marketplace, and push for initiatives and legislation in Washington and Oregon, Connecticut and Vermont, and Washington DC. We will not stop until consumers in all 50 states have the right to know what’s in their food.

Let’s keep going! Thank you!

Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)

Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in California and other states)

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