The Fight Is Not Over
As many of you know, the statewide ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food in California, known as Proposition 37, was defeated on Election Day by a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent.
While the measure was defeated, the 4 million votes that were cast for Prop 37 in California shows that a huge number of Americans want the right to know what is in their food. The results of the vote are also a strong reminder that the money spent by huge multinational corporations can have an overwhelming influence on our electoral process. The word’s leading pesticide and junk food companies outspent the Yes on 37 campaign more than 5 to 1, and beginning on October 1, spent about a million dollars a day on false claims and fear mongering through state-wide advertising.
Groups like CA Right to Know, that led the fight for Yes to 37, always knew that they were the underdogs. They are committed to securing our fundamental right to know what’s in our food and they have vowed to continue their fight, and so is CFSA. Dirty money and tactics may have won this skirmish, but they will not win the war.
For more information, contact Jared Cates, CFSA’s Community Mobilizer.