jueves, octubre 18, 2012

Turning point in Prop 37 battle


Turning Point in the Food Fight of Our Lives: We Need Your Help More than Ever!

The most recent voter poll on the November 6 Proposition 37 California ballot initiative to label Genetically Engineered foods and ban the marketing of GE-tainted foods as “natural” is out. And the news is discouraging. After enjoying a 26-point lead for the past six months, our side has dropped 19 points in the polls.
How did we lose so much support so fast?
If you live in California, you know why. Flip on your TV – at home, at the gym, in the airport – and there they are. Ad after ad, spewing lies about higher costs for consumers, rampant lawsuits clogging the courts, "confusing" labels, poor farmers and grocers facing "nightmares of paperwork." Monsanto, Big Ag, and the rest of the pesticide and junk-food manufacturers began flooding the California airwaves on October 1 with one million dollars a day in deceptive TV and radio ads – and they will relentlessly pound the airwaves right up until midnight November 6.
We’re still ahead in the polls 48% to 40%.  And we’re holding onto a comfortable lead among those who don’t watch TV. But those who do watch TV – including many who were on our side until the opposition unleashed a barrage of  non-stop industry propaganda and lies – are getting confused.
With only a few million dollars in our own campaign war chest, we’re no match for Monsanto’s $36 million ad blitz.
So, how do we overcome Monsanto and Food Inc.'s onslaught of deceptive advertising? We do what the grassroots knows how to do best – we fight back on the ground with our message about the people vs. the corporations, the truth about our health vs. their obscene profits. We expose their lies by talking to voters in supermarket parking lots, on the phone, and by making sure voters get out to the polls to vote YES on 37.
Here’s how you can help. If you live in California, we desperately need you to hand out leaflets at grocery stores over the next three weeks – we need to mobilize thousands more of you today! Sign up here.
If you live outside California, please volunteer for our national phone bank to call millions of California voters. It’s easy. You can get quick, easy online training and sign up for one or more shifts here – and it won’t cost you a dime in phone charges.
And of course, we need to raise as much more money as possible, to be able to keep the campaign running. If you haven’t donated yet, please consider a donation today. If you have, please consider an additional donation. To help OCA and OCF continue tofinancially support the Prop 37 campaign, donate here.
The decisive moment has arrived. Everything we’ve worked for in the past 15 years is on the line. We desperately need your money, your volunteer time, or both. Thank you!

Did They Really Say That? Debunking the NO on 37 Lies

You’ve gotta hand it to Monsanto and the rest of Biotech and Big Food gang. Since October 1, they’ve been pounding the California airwaves with boldface lies and twisted truths, construed to confuse.
Take the dog food vs. steak bit. Why does a can of dog food require a GMO label, when your t-bone steak doesn’t? Well... dog food in a can or a bag is a processed food, which may contain soy, corn or other additives – some or all of which may be genetically modified. Under Prop 37, it gets a label.
That t-bone? Maybe the cow ate genetically modified corn.  But the cow itself was not genetically modified. If you eat cereal that contains genetically modified corn, that doesn’t mean YOU are genetically modified, does it? Now, a piece of genetically engineered salmon - where the fish itself was genetically altered? Under prop 37, that gets a label, too.
The dog food vs. steak argument is nonsense – intended to confuse and detract from the real issue: the right to know what’s in your (or your dog’s) food.

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