Marjorie Roswell

published Accordian1 2012-10-09 12:57:45 -0700

Accordian1

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Cost

Research shows that Prop. 37 will have no cost impact on consumers or food producers.  In a recent study on the economic impact of Proposition 37, Joanna Shepherd Bailey, Ph.D., Professor at Emory University School of Law, concluded that there would be “no increases in prices as a result of the relabeling required.” 

Cost in Europe

In Europe, introduction of GMO labeling produced no increase in food costs. David Byrne, former European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament, stated that when Europe introduced GMO labeling in 1997, "it did not result in increased costs, despite the horrifying (double-digit) prediction of some interests.”

Health

growing body of peer-reviewed studies has linked GMO foods to allergies, organ toxicity, and other health problems. However, unlike the strict safety evaluations required for the approval of new drugs, the US Food and Drug Administration does not require safety studies for genetically engineered foods. The United Nations/World Health Organization food standards group and the American Medical Association have called for mandatory safety testing of genetically engineered foods—a standard the U.S. fails to meet. 

Bureaucracy

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Do genetically modified crops really have a higher yield?

A:

Studies have found that, at best, crops that have been genetically engineered provide the same yields as non-genetically modified crops. 

 

Please join our campaign right now to become a part of our grassroots movement. By signing up and taking action, you become the backbone of an entirely different type of statewide campaign – a campaign led by tens of thousands of people like you who just want to know what’s in our food. Vote YES on Prop 37.


Do I have to join a political party in order to vote?

A:

No, not necessarily. On the voter registration form, you will be asked to choose a political party. You may choose one of the parties listed, or you can select “No Party Preference,” which means you do not wish to be affiliated with any political party. If you leave this field blank, you will be assigned to “No Party Preference” and will be considered an “Independent Voter.”


published New Personal Endorsement 2012-09-11 21:08:31 -0700

published Personal Endorsement 2012-09-11 21:04:59 -0700

published One Million More in Press Releases 2012-09-11 12:54:13 -0700

Yes on 37 Organizing “One Million More” Voters for the Right to Know What's in Our Food

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  5/2/2012

CONTACT:  Stacy Malkan, 510-542-9224, stacy@carighttoknow.org

The California Yes on 37 Right to Know Campaign today pledged to make history again with an ambitious plan to organize another million Californians who want to the right know what’s in their food.

The campaign tapped into a deep grassroots passion for knowing what’s in our food with a statewide network of thousands of volunteers to help quickly qualify for the November ballot. The initiative, which calls for simple labels on foods that have been genetically engineered, collected almost a million signatures in just 10 weeks.  

“No other election campaign we know of has mobilized so many voters so quickly with such a huge network of volunteers,” said Stacy Malkan, a spokeswoman for Yes on 37. “This is a powerful people’s movement. Californians are demanding the right to know what they are eating and feeding their children.”


SJ Mercury: Lead Funder of No on Prop 37 Campaign Promoted GMO Labeling in Europe

For Immediate Release:  September 5, 2012
Contact:  Stacy Malkan, 510-542-9224stacy@carighttoknow.org 

OAKLAND: The biggest funder of the campaign against Proposition 37 ran ads supporting labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) in Europe back in the 1990s, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The pro-labeling ads highlight growing credibility problems among opponents of California's food labeling measure. 

The Mercury News reports that St.-Louis-based chemical industry giant Monsanto Company ran newspaper advertisements saying “Food Labelling. It has Monsanto’s Full Backing,” after the European Union approved labels for genetically engineered food back in 1997.  Monsanto has contributed more than $4.2 million to the campaign to defeat California’s Proposition 37, which would be the first law requiring similar labels on genetically engineered food in the United States.  


published Thank You! Let's Keep Going! 2012-09-11 07:54:19 -0700

Thank You! Let's Keep Going!

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Thank you! In just 3 weeks, thanks to you, we’ve raised $500,000 for Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

After decades of being unable to choose whether or not to consume genetically engineered food -  because corporations have refused to label them - you and 90% of the country are saying, “No More.”

And you’re working with us to win ‘the right to know.’ Thanks to you and thousands of other supporters, California has a real chance to make history in November, by passing the country’s first mandatory GMO labeling law.

We’ve reached our immediate goal, and we’re grateful. But while public support is on our side, we also know that Monsanto and the rest of the corporate food and biotech industry will fight hard – and spend millions – to defeat this law. So we’ll keep going.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to contribute, you can still make a special contribution of $10, $37, $50, or any amount you can afford today.

If you weren't able to pitch in this time, but you've spread the word by sharing articles or telling friends about this campaign -- thank you! Every action counts. And please be sure to forward this email, or share it with your friends on social media so we can continue to grow – and win in November!

Thank you!

Gary, Pamm, Stacy 
and all of us here at Yes on 37!

P.S. It’s not too late! Every dollar you donate goes directly into the fund that will be used to get our message out and combat the lies being spread by Big Biotech and Big Food to defeat our labeling initiative.


published Will Today be the Day? 2012-09-11 07:40:12 -0700

Will Today be the Day?

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If you’re tired of corporations keeping you in the dark about what’s in your food, today is the day to do something about it.

We’re just two days - and about $40,000 - short of our goal to raise $500,000 for Yes on 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

Please help us raise $500,000 by Wednesday, September 12 so we can pass the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law on November 6.

There’s no time to lose - early voting begins in California on October 9. Can you help us reach this goal today? 

If you’re just now joining in the fun, here’s what we’re up to:

With the help of our broad network of supporters, we’re asking you to help us raise $500,000 quickly so that we can stand up to the opposition and get our message out to TV and radio audiences around the state.

We’ll use your money to help counter the lies and scare tactics that the opposition is spoon-feeding the media. 

Here’s what’s at stake: While citizens in nearly 50 other countries have the right to know if their food has been genetically engineered, here in the U.S. you don’t.

Why? Because there’s a lot of profit to be made by corporate food and biotech simply by keeping you in the dark.

Shouldn’t you have the right to know what’s in your food? 

Proposition 37 is our best shot at mandatory GMO labeling laws – not only for California, the eighth largest economy in the world, but for the entire nation.

We need your help to pass this law in November, to tell Monsanto and other corporations that we will no longer be forced to consume their GMOs simply because they won’t label them. 

If you haven’t yet pitched in, please click here to make a donation today.

If you have already contributed to this effort, please forward this email to friends, or share it with your social media contacts. 

We need your help today to raise $500,000 for Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act

Your donation will go directly toward winning the campaign in California this year. 

Let today be the day!

Gary, Pamm, Stacy 
and all of us here at Yes on 37!

P.S. The FDA conducts no independent safety testing on genetically engineered foods. Instead, it relies on the entirely voluntary word of the biotech industry – the industry that pockets huge profits from its GMOs – that these products are safe. Please make a generous donation today to help us win the right to know what’s in our food.


published It's Your Cereal. It's Your Right to Know. 2012-09-11 07:37:00 -0700

It's Your Cereal. It's Your Right to Know.

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You’ve read the list of ingredients. You think you know what’s in that box of cereal you just bought.

But you don’t. Whether it’s a box of cereal or an ear of corn, whether you’re eating it yourself, or feeding it to your children, you don’t have all the facts. You don’t know the whole story.

Because Monsanto, Dow, General Mills and Kellogg’s don’t want you to know.

But right now, you have a chance to change that, with your donation today to the YES on 37 campaign, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. 

Please help us raise $500,000 by Wednesday, September 12, so we can pass the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law on November 6.

National and California state polls couldn’t be any more clear: The majority of people want GMOs labeled. They want the right to know, so they will have the freedom to choose.  In nearly 50 other countries – including Russia, China and Japan – consumers have that choice, thanks to mandatory GMO labeling laws.

You can have the right to know, too. But only if we win this historic campaign in November.

We’re one week into our multi-partner fundraising campaign to raise $500,000 by September 12. But we are still far short of our goal.

Please pitch in today, so we can win this historic citizens’ initiative that would give you the right to know what’s in your food.

Past efforts to pass GMO labeling laws have failed. But this time it’s different. This time, the citizens have initiated this law – powerful corporations won’t be able to lobby politicians to kill it. Of course, that hasn’t stopped the opposition from ponying up millions for an anti-labeling propaganda campaign.

Big Food, represented by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with the biotech industry - Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta – are filling their war chests, buying up TV ad space, doing what they do best: Trying to scare you into thinking that somehow, the right to know what’s in your food isn’t in your best interest.

We can’t outraise the corporations that are making huge profits on foods they won’t label. But with public support, truth – and you – on our side, we can run a smart, effective campaign to spread the word and get out the vote. And win in November.

Help us counter the deceptive campaign that powerful chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporations are running to keep you from knowing what’s in your food. 

Please make your donation today, either by check or using our secure online donation system.

You have the right to know what’s in your food. It doesn’t get any more basic than that.

Thank you!

Gary, Pamm, Stacy 
and all of us here at Yes on 37!

P.S. Time is running short. Early voting in California begins October 9. Your donation of $10, $37, $100, or whatever you can afford today, will help us get the word out to every voter in California that if they want the right to know what’s in their food, we have to win in November.


published $25 Million vs. Your Right to Know 2012-09-11 07:31:57 -0700

$25 Million vs. Your Right to Know

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50 countries already have mandatory GMO labeling laws, but here in the U.S. you don’t have the right to know if your food has been genetically engineered. 

Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, ConAgra and a host of other pesticide and processed food corporations have already raised $25 million this year to ensure you’re kept in the dark about what’s in the food you eat and serve your family. 

Please help us raise $500,000 by Wednesday, September 12 so we can pass the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law. You can make a secure online donation, or send in a donation by mail.

How is it that corporations can serve genetically engineered food without labeling it?

Because well-funded biotech and corporate food lobbyists have so far scuttled every GMO labeling law that has made its way to state legislatures.  

Now, for the first time in history, we have a concrete chance to make GMO labeling a reality. Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, is a grassroots-powered citizens’ initiative. With your help, it will pass in November!  

Please chip in to this historic campaign today – every donation, no matter how large or small, will help us spread the word, far and wide, that it’s time we had the right to know what’s in our food.  

Poll after poll shows that the vast majority – up to 90% – of Americans want the basic right to know what’s in their food. But thanks to the relentless lobbying efforts – and deep pockets –  of Big Food and Big Biotech, you have no way of knowing if the food on your grocery shelves has been genetically altered.  

We can pass this law, but only if everyone pitches in to counter the opposition’s $25 million anti-labeling propaganda campaign.

Right now the other side is preparing to bombard California’s airwaves with an endless series of lies and misinformation about the Yes on 37 campaign and we need everyone to pitch in today! 

We’re launching this historic campaign today, along with a broad coalition of food, farm, health and environmental groups all over the country, because we know that alone we can’t out-raise our opposition. 

But together – with your help - we can raise enough money to get our message out: We will no longer be kept in the dark about genetically engineered foods. 

Time is running short. Early voting in California begins October 9. Your donation of $10, $37, $100, or whatever you can afford today, will help us get the word out to every voter in California that if they want the right to know what’s in their food, we have to win in November. 

Proposition 37 is a citizens’ ballot initiative, the result of a historic grassroots movement. It would require food manufacturers – who are already required to include detailed nutritional information on their labels – to simply add to their labels whether or not any of the ingredients in their products have been genetically altered.

These same food manufacturers already include this information on the labels of food they export to other countries. 

If we win this battle in California, the eighth largest economy in the world, it’s only a matter of time before the entire U.S. has mandatory GMO labeling laws. 

Please help us reach our goal of $500,000 by September 12. Every dollar you donate will go directly toward winning the right to know what’s in your food. 

Thank you! 

Gary, Pamm, Stacy 
and all of us here at Yes on 37! 

P.S.  Prop 37 started out as a grassroots movement, and it will be won on the strength of grassroots participation and fundraising. Please make a secure donation by clicking here today or mailing your check.


published Endorse 2012-09-11 06:24:43 -0700

published Donate TV Ad-Redirect 2012-09-11 06:21:49 -0700

published Donate 2012-09-11 05:46:36 -0700

published Chefs for Our Right to Know in Blog 2012-09-10 21:34:39 -0700

Chefs for Our Right to Know -- Nathan Lyon

Join a million more for the right to know what we eat. Sign up to make history today!

Celebrity chef, seasonal cookbook author and sustainable seafood ambassador Nathan Lyon tells us why he supports Prop. 37.

"As a classically trained chef with a health science degree and having worked withfarmers at farmers markets in California for over a decade, my goal is to empower people to understand where their food comes from and to educate people how to prepare it in the most respectful and delicious manner.

Food labeling is not a new concept. The more information we as consumers have, the more we are able to make educated decisions. 

(For example, deciding how many calories, how much sodium or which ingredients we want to consume.)

As Americans, we have the right to know what’s in our food and where it comes from. Since we are responsible for our own personal health, the health of our families and our local community, it’s time to take action and reclaim our food. Knowledge is always in season!

Please join me in voting yes on proposition 37 to require labels on genetically engineered foods."  

-Chef Nathan Lyon


published Super worms and Super bugs and Super weeds in Blog 2012-09-10 21:28:09 -0700

Environmental Consequences are Mounting

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Add super worms to the list of environmental problems resulting from agribusiness giant Monsanto's genetically modified laboratory creations. 

The EPA recently announced there is "mounting evidence" that the Monsanto corn genetically modified to control insects is losing its effectiveness.  Western corn rootworms, one of the most destructive pests, have joined other super insects and superweeds that now have a tolerance to the technology that was supposed to keep them away. 

Monsanto's corn and soybean seeds engineered with Bt toxin, a pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain insects, were engineered to kill the worms. But that is no longer working. Super worms are invading American farms and super weeds have now reportedly spread to more than 20 million acres.

In an effort to fight these super problems, farmers are using more toxic pesticides and herbicides on our food. A chief science consultant at the Organic Center said farmers applied 318 million more pounds of pesticides over the first 13 years of commercial GE crop production (1996-2008), as a direct result of planting genetically engineered seeds. 

What other dangerous consequences can we expect as a result of Monsanto's actions?

Vote Yes on 37 for our right to know what's in our food!


KPFA Debate Reveals Who's Really Behind No on 37

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Check out this morning's debate on KPFA on the morning show with Brian Edwards-Tiekert. Hear all about who is behind the No on 37 campaign, the arguments they are using to keep consumers in the dark about genetic engineering, and how little sense they make! Yes on 37 California Right to Know media director Stacy Malkan takes on Jamie Johansson representing the No side. Who do you think won this one? We'd love to hear your thoughts! As always, feedback welcome to help us sharpen our game.

Click on download and the debate starts at about the halfway mark.

Up Front - September 7, 2012 at 7:00am

Click to listen (or download)


followed Thanks for Volunteering 2012-10-04 16:43:13 -0700

Thanks for Volunteering

Thank you for signing up to volunteer with the Yes on 37 CA Right to Know campaign!

Please visit the Campaign HQ page to learn more ways you can get involved!


published Thank you for Joining! 2012-09-09 07:46:18 -0700

Thank You!

Thank you for joining the Yes on 37 CA Right to Know campaign!

Please visit the Campaign HQ page to learn more ways you can get involved!


published Thank You for Donating 2012-09-09 07:44:15 -0700

Thank you for Donating

Thank you for donating to the Yes on 37 CA Right to Know campaign!

Please visit the Campaign HQ page to learn more ways you can get involved!


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