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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Serious Food Fight


The Food Fight of Our Lives.

Dear Friend,
We've just passed the halfway mark in our special fundraising campaign to label GMOs, and we are still far short of our goal. I need your help today in our fight to stand up to Big Biotech and Big Food, and demand that they tell us when they put GMO-tainted ingredients in our food.
If you have already contributed, thank you! If not, can you pitch in today?
We need to raise $150,000 by March 27 to help get the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on the ballot and pass it in November.
Please make your secure online donation today. Or, you can donate by phone or mail.
Every dollar you donate today will help pay for signature gatherers, attorneys, media experts - whomever and whatever it takes - to get this law in front of the voters, pass it, and ultimately force GMO labeling nationally.
The Organic Consumers Association, Organic Consumers Fund, along with other coalition partners, have already raised over one million dollars to get this initiative on the ballot. But it's not enough.
Our opposition – led by the Council for Biotechnology Information, whose members include Monsanto, DuPont, Dow AgroScience, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association - recently contributed $375,000 and $250,000 respectively, to the Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition - a front group aimed at misinforming the public about GMOs, in order to defeat this initiative.
And that's just the beginning. Big Biotech and Big Food will spend millions on Big Lies in order to defeat this initiative. They have huge profits at stake – and deep pockets.
Let's take back our food, and our government

This is the seminal battle for the right to know what's in our food. If we pass this labeling law in California, it will be only a matter of time before Big Biotech and Big Food will be forced to get GMOs out of our food supply for good.
Remember Proposition 65? In 1986, Californians approved a ballot initiative that required companies to label products containing potentially cancer-causing ingredients. Rather than tell consumers in California that the products they were buying might cause cancer, most companies reformulated their products to eliminate any potential carcinogens. And they did this on a national scale, not just in California
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When Californians got fed up with cancer-causing ingredients in their food, they didn't wait for their elected officials - many of whom had sold out to Big Business - to protect them. They took matters into their own hands.
It's time to do it again. It's time stop being victims, to stop letting Big Biotech use us as lab rats. It's time to start writing and passing laws that protect us - not the Monsantos and Wal-Marts of the world.
This is how we make grassroots activism and direct democracy work for us - the 99% who are sick and tired of being victimized by greedy corporations and the politicians who pander to them.
Study after study indicates that GMOs are bad for our health, bad for the environment.
We have a right to know what's in our food. It doesn't get any more basic than that.
Please donate today to the Organic Consumers Fund to help pass this historic Genetically Engineered Food labeling initiative.
And please - forward this email to your friends, share it on Facebook. Diggit. Stumbleupon it. Pin it. Let's tell the world: This is how movements - and history - are made.
Thank you for your help.

For an Organic Future,


Ronnie Cummins
Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund


P.S.: The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action. Donations are not tax-deductible. If you need to make a tax-deductible donation, you can contribute to the Organic Consumers Association, a 501(c)3. Your donation to the OCA will be used for general public education and grassroots mobilization.

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