Mandatory GMO labeling defeated in California
In the face of unrelenting deceptive advertising funded by giant chemical and processed food corporations to the tune of nearly $50 million, California’s Proposition 37 calling for a simple label on genetically engineered food narrowly lost with 47 percent of the vote. While support for GE food labels has never been stronger, the incessant drumbeat of misleading and outright false industry advertising was barely able to defeat this popular measure.
I'm beginning 2 wonder now if Prop 37 was actually national convo or just convo btwn us like minded food advocates.
If it wasn't [a national conversation], it's our duty to bring to the masses.
Keep up the pressure at the state level. California isn’t the only state in the country, right? We can work within our own states to get a bill similar to Proposition 37 passed. O’Brien mentioned on her blog that after just one state (New York) passed a seat belt law in 1984, others quickly followed.
Begin a dialogue. Find a friend who cares about this as much as you do. This is what my Twitter conversation was about. I’ve written about Proposition 37 for both Mother Nature Network and my personal blog, South Jersey Locavore. On both blogs, let’s face it, I was mostly preaching to the choir. I did talk to a few of my non-food advocate friends about the issue, but it’s time I start talking it up more to my friends, neighbors and family in face-to-face conversations. You know, talk about it to those people who love me but rarely bother to read my blogs.
Join the national movement that is calling on the FDA to address the issue on behalf of all Americans. The national movement O’Brien is referring to is Just Label It. I urged you to get involved with this movement earlier this year in January. Almost a year later, it’s even more important that you’re connected with the Just Label It campaign if you care about GMO labeling.
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