sábado, noviembre 10, 2012

Prop 37: The Many Wins Behind the Loss


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Prop 37: The Many Wins Behind the Loss

It was a mighty fight. And it’s not over yet.

Prop 37 was narrowly defeated - 53% - 47% - on Nov. 6. But that’s a mere footnote to the real story.

The real story is this. The campaign to label genetically modified ingredients in California shone a blinding spotlight on GMOs, and on their potential threat to human health and the environment. It changed the national conversation around food safety and security, and brought transparency in labeling to the forefront of that conversation.

Prop 37 exposed the dark side of Big Ag and Big Food, and their desperation to keep consumers from having what citizens in 60 other countries have had for decades: the right to know what’s in their food.

Prop 37 underscored how money pollutes our democratic process.

Perhaps most important of all, Prop 37 amplified the conversation about the need – and opportunity - for real alternatives to a corporate-controlled-food system polluted by GMOs and pesticides, and corrupted by greed and ill-begotten profits.

So, go ahead, Monsanto. Celebrate while you can. Your victory was indeed narrow. Ours was sweeter. The momentum is on our side, and we’re moving forward.

Read more about the numbers behind Prop 37, and OCA’s plans to step up the battle to label GMOs in 2013 and beyond


Thank You Prop 37 Volunteers!

One of the great success stories to come out of the Prop 37 campaign was the energy, passion, and dedication of more than 10,000 volunteers who worked tirelessly, some for months, to educate the public about genetically modified organisms and counter the daily barrage of lies about Prop 37.

Thank you to the thousands of you who signed up to distribute flyers in California and beyond, and to make thousands of phone calls to California voters to urge them to vote Yes on 37.

Three cheers to Pamm Larry, chief instigator who ran a tireless on-the-ground grassroots campaign, coordinating volunteers from all corners of California. And a shout out to the dedicated Yes on 37 Team that worked with Pamm and others to make thousands of phone calls and distribute yard signs, leaflets and bumperstickers.

You had your work cut out for you, having to counter the lies and expose the dirty tricks of the No on 37 campaign. That 4.2 million voters – about 47% of people who cast votes on Nov. 6 – voted Yes on 37 is a testament to your hard work.

You're now part of a movement that will only grow stronger, as we – with your help – continue to keep the GMO issue in the public eye, and regroup to take the issue on in other states, starting with Washington State and Vermont, and eventually all the way to Capitol Hill.

Thank you for rolling up your sleeves and digging in. We may have narrowly lost this one battle, but you, our warriors, are energized and ready to take on Monsanto and Big Food again. It’s only a matter of time before we, the millions of Davids, slays Goliath. Thank you!

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