Narrow Loss; Movement Victory!
Statement on Election Results from the California Right to Know Campaign
Yesterday, we showed that there is a food movement in the United States, and it is strong, vibrant and too powerful to stop. We always knew we were the underdogs, and the underdogs nearly took the day. Dirty money and dirty tactics may have won this skirmish, but they will not win the war.
Today, we are more than 4 million votes closer to knowing what’s in our food than when we started. This is a victory and a giant step forward. We are proud of our broad coalition of moms and dads, farmers, nurses, environmentalists, faith and labor leaders who did so much with so few resources to bring us to this point, and we will carry forward.
These results are also a reminder of the corrupting influence of huge multinational corporations on our electoral process. The world’s leading pesticide and junk food companies outspent Yes on 37 by more than 5 to 1, and beginning on October 1, spent about a million dollars a day on a hailstorm of false claims, misrepresentations and fear mongering over five simple words on a label. In the end, they spent enough money to hide the truth from the majority of voters. The food manufacturers are on the wrong side of history; they should not fight their customers, but join them.
Today is not the end of our campaign to secure our fundamental right to know what’s in our food. It is a strong beginning, and we thank the millions of Californians who stood with us. We are proud of our grassroots movement, our 10,000 hardworking volunteers, and the diverse coalition of health, faith, labor and consumer groups that stood with us. We will keep fighting for consumer choice, fairness and transparency in our food system. And we will prevail.
The paper also talks with Reid MacDonald, CEO of Faribault Foods Inc. (which spent $76,000), who notes that “food companies are very good at advertising.” The industry worried a successful measure would spread to other states. I SAID SUPPORTES MUST SEND A STRONG MESSAGE SHOWING kids malformations, health problems cuased by people who was working on the field, plus Pregnant womens havidn Babies with health problems… STRONG MESSAGES TO PEOPLE, will Wake Up to all communities
The spread between yes and no on 37 is about 500,000. Why are all of the organizations that are for yes campaign already consenting to defeat? Shrinking 500,000 votes from 3 million left seems like a legitimate chance. Even if the prop loses, if there’s a 1% difference between yes and no, then a recount is enacted. Are there lawyers looking into the situation? I have no proof but it would not be a stretch to believe that with the overwelming support for 37 that voter fraud would be in play, especially with dealing with a company like Monsanto. I’m confused, why are the Yes on 37 consenting?
314-694-1000 and ask them why they gave MILLIONS on NO on 37!! Maybe call them twice. I’m currently a member of Vangaurdian Press Group in LA and am eager to write more about our good cause!
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.
Let’s not stop here.
1)In 2007, Obama pledged to require GMO labeling. Let’s put this agenda on his table by signing the petition: 25,000 signatures before Dec. 8th.
2. I will lend my support to get out the vote in 2013 for the states that are considering a similar ballot measure: WA, OR, CT, VT.
3. Will work with any organize who wants to take this to other states in 2013.
We the people have the power and strength to mobilize the vote and unite the voice. LABEL IT.
Maiceros de CÃ³rdoba estÃ¡n al borde de la quiebra
Hay 90.000 toneladas de maÃz blanco y amarillo represadas. Los compradores ofrecen un valor inferior al que se vende.
I am a living proof of Arthritis….I have taken out of my diet, tomatoes, potatoes at the begining and start noticing less inflammation and pain on my joints then when I ate any type of Corn, sypmtoms increased, so I stopped eating corn,(can corn, tortillas, tostadas, sopes, etc.) but here was a huge job because corn is in 83% of our food, even in vitamins and supplements that I was taking to reduce my swollen joints.. even Whey Protein is contaminated..(check the invisible GMo’s) all the names they use to hide Corn as an ingredient: Maltrodextrin, Cellulose, Dextrose, Soy Lecithin, baking powder, etc..and many many more..is a huge list..so I started looking for supplements on the Internet without Corn and found one in 10 as an example..and i bought it..I plan to return to my Vitamin Store to let them know that I wont be buying any of their products with Gmo’s in them..I already started returning to Walmart products like Mayonaise and others that their first ingredient is Corn Syrup..
So we all have a big task ahead of us..but all our hard work is worth it!!..we are cleaning are way to a better health for us, our families, children, grand-children and future generations..
Let’s not be discourage for this past lost battle..ii helped to get more people to know the truth..I started with that first million signatures..now we are 4 million..let’s keep Focus and working for this cause all the time..so for the next one we will sure Win..
I purchased my Thanksgiving fresh cranberries from Habelman.
I purchased my Thanksgiving fresh cranberries from Habelman.
Here are some of the products of our opposition: These organic and ânaturalâ traitor companies and brands include:
Kelloggâs (Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms);
General Mills (Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar);
Dean Foods (Horizon, Silk, White Wave);
Smuckerâs (R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic);
Coca-Cola (Honest Tea, Odwalla);
Safeway (âOâ Organics);
Kraft (Boca Burgers and Back to Nature);
Con-Agra (Orville Redenbacherâs Organic, Huntâs Organic, Lightlife); and
PepsiCo (Naked Juice, Tostitoâs Organic, Tropicana Organic)
i will be advocating people to avoid these products. Otherwise we continue to fund the opposition. Bummer I liked Horizon, Honest Tea and Odwalla.
This was truly “fighting the GOOD fight!” Many battles are won even though many of the skirmishes were lost – leading up to the final victory. The victor is awareness, and the weapon is the truth.
What I find most heart-warming; the sheer number of people who were able to show the world that this issue is FAR FROM DEAD. It is only JUST beginning the end of “food hegemony” as it stands today. I absolutely LOVE the winning attitude that is resultant here. A lost battle, but NOT a lost cause!
I would say rather than “wait” until another election cycle, how about continuing the public outreach and education – now that the cards have been played and the evidence is clearly out in the open, that the mega- ( and “giga-” ) food corporations will stoop to unbelievable ( and ILLEGAL ) lows to keep their hegemony alive and well. The proof is there! NOW is the time to educate the public on all the “dirty tricks” that were played to defeat this ballot measure. NOW is the time to hammer home the truth about this issue that will NEVER just “go away”.
I would say that the big corporate “poisoners” are now in an even WEAKER position than when they first started their end of the battle. Now is the time to show the people, “They have been had!”
The “”https://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23Occupy" title=“#Occupy” class=“tweet-url hashtag”>#Occupy" movement pretty much died out without so much as a whimper, and without actually solving anything. I sincerely hope this movement goes much further and grows and grows! This is that point in history that can become the “turning point” in real change concerning our rights to “know” the truth, the whole truth, and “nothing BUT the truth.”
I will be doing my part in my community soon enough.
" Keep up the fire! "
- Rev. Jim