Thursday, July 26, 2012


Who Supports Truth-in-Labeling on GMOs?

As we have emphasized repeatedly, the November 6th Right-to-Know Ballot Initiative in California (Proposition 37) is the Food Fight of Our Lives. The popular Initiative, supported by the overwhelming majority of Californians, calls for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods and an end to the unethical practice, unfortunately common even in the alternative food sector, of marketing or labeling GMO-tainted food as “natural.” Big Food understands quite well that once Proposition 37 passes in California it will likely become the law of the land in all 50 states and Canada. This is why Monsanto’s powerful ally, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, has characterized Prop 37 as the “most serious threat” to agricultural biotechnology in history. So far over 621 organizations and businesses - including retail grocery stores, consumer, farmer, organic, natural health, environmental, farmworker, and labor groups - have endorsed the California Initiative. Please take a look at this list and make sure that your favorite organization, retail store, or business has endorsed Prop 37.

If not, please approach them and ask them to formally endorse the campaign.

Please thank and support those organizations and businesses supporting our right-to-know by endorsing the Initiative. Help us spread the word by sharing this list on your social networks.

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

So far the OCA and our lobbying ally, the Organic Consumers Fund, have contributed over $600,000 (with $500,000 more pledged) to Prop 37. Other major contributors so far include natural health leader, which has already contributed $800,000 (with 300,000 more pledged); Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps $290,000; Nature’s Path $250,000(with $350,000 more pledged); Lundberg Family Farms $200,000 (with $50,000 more pledged); Nutiva $50,000; Eden Foods $10,000 (with $40,000 more pledged); Organic Valley $50,000; and Michael Funk $50,000. The campaign has thus far raised $4.3 million in cash and hard pledges, but we need to raise a lot more between now and November.

The Enemies of Our GMO Right-to-Know

The major donors ($5000 or more) so far opposing Proposition 37 include the Council on Biotechnology Information (Monsanto and other biotech corporations), and the Grocery Manufacturers Association and its individual members including Cargill, Conagra, Kellogg’s, J.M. Smucker, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Nestle, Rich Products, and Bimbo Bakeries.

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