This past Monday evening, Maxwell Goldberg and Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe) threw a Right to Know fundraiser, at Gust Organics, in NYC to help create east coast awareness of Proposition 37. Right to Know is an influential grassroots campaign dedicated to encouraging simple labeling on GMO foods to allow us to become more informed about what we put in our bodies.
This November, California will be voting on whether genetically-modified food (GMOs) should be labeled via Proposition 37. You may wonder why New Yorkers should be concerned about an issue that they will not be voting on. As it is, our federal government has refused to label GMOs, which means our health will be decided at the state level. California, due to its size, population, and economy has great influence on our entire nation. The implementation of labeling in California alone would be a huge success, causing a ripple effect and encouraging other states and production companies to follow suit.
Right now, over 40 countries around the world require that GMOs be labeled, while the U.S. does not. Even though, polls consistently show that over 90% of Americans want GMOs to be labeled. Still, Congress, influenced by over $500 million in lobbying, decided against GMO-labeling by a vote of 74-26. The Right to Know is being outspent $32 million to $3 million, or nearly 11-1, by Big Ag. “That’s about the most un-American thing I’ve ever heard of,” said Goldberg. California is the best chance we have to fight GMOs since citizens will be voting on this measure, not politicians.
What Can You Do?
Donate to the campaign.
Find out more about Proposition 37.
Educate yourself and vote with your dollar.
Learn which conventional and natural food companies donate money to defeat Prop 37.
Take it one step further – check out the video below where Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the #1 GMO bestseller, Seeds of Deception, talks about his campaign to force mass rejection of genetically modified foods in order to expunge them form the market entirely.
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