reported on July 25 on the "Yes to 37" Right to Know campaign, formed to organize one million more voters for Prop 37 in the November ballots
Yesterday, the Yes on 37 Right to Know Campaign garnered three major endorsements. This includes the 2.1 million member strong California Labor Legislation, and two high ranking leaders in their respective legislative bodies, namely Senator Barbara Boxer
and State Senator Mark Leno
comes up on the November ballot, and if approved by voters, would require labeling of genetically engineered foods. These foods would contain plant or animal products that have had their DNA artificially altered by inserting genes from other animals, plants, bacteria or viruses, in ways that do not occur in nature.
Senator Boxer said yesterday, “California consumers have the right to know if their food has been genetically engineered. This basic information should be available for consumers on the label the way it is in nearly 50 other countries around the world.”
State Senator Mark Leno said, ”The people of California want to know what's in their food."
"More than half the people in the world live in countries that already require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Californians deserve to have this information too.”
Steve Smith, Communications Director for the California Labor Federation, said, "Working people deserve the right to know what is in the food we are feeding our families."
"Prop 37 is a commonsense measure that ensures our families are able to make educated choices about the food we purchase. We’re proud to join with millions of Californians in supporting the right to know what’s in our food.”
The Yes on 37 Right to Know initiative has been endorsed
, to date, by over 1,000 community leaders. These leaders include a broad range of consumer, farm, environmental, and health advocates, including: the Consumer Federation of America, the United Farm Workers, California Certified Organic Farmers, Public Citizen, Organic Consumers Association, the California League of Conservation Voters, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Center for Food Safety, and the Sierra Club.
In California, polls show an overwhelming bipartisan support for labeling genetically engineered foods. According to recent polls, 89% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats want genetically altered foods to be labeled.
The Right to Know campaign has touched the hearts of Californians, who want to know what is in their food. The campaign relied on a statewide network of thousands of volunteers to help generate over a million signatures in just 10 weeks, which easily qualified the campaign for the November ballot.
For more information, visit: www.carighttoknow.org
Video of interest
: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont spoke in June about amendments to the U.S. Senate Farm Bill and Nutrition Programs. Digital Journal
reported in April that Vermont tried to impose labeling of GMO products, and failed, when threatened with a lawsuit by Monsanto.