I had to pop up a quick post to show you a New York Times article that you'll want to see and to update you on the ‘Drop the Money Bomb on Monsanto’ VICTORY!
(Before you read the post below, you may first want to read a basic GMO definition here.)
Here's an excerpt from the New York Times article, Battle Brewing Over Labeling of Genetically Modified Food:
Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Stonyfield Farms, the organic yogurt company, has raised more than $1 million for the Just Label It campaign to influence the F.D.A. after fighting approval of engineered alfalfa, arguing that cross-pollination would contaminate organic crops fed to cows.
“This is an issue of transparency, truth and trust in the food system,” Mr. Hirshberg said.
Biotechnology companies say that the California labeling initiative, while portrayed as promoting consumer choice, is really an effort by some consumer and environmental groups and organic food growers to drive genetically modified foods off the market.
Read the story proclaiming VICTORY from the Organic Consumers Association:
They said we couldn’t do it. But thanks to you, we did! Our ‘Drop the Money Bomb on Monsanto’ campaign proved the power of grassroots fundraising and sent a strong message to Monsanto and the rest of the anti-labeling brigade: Consumers have united with a broad coalition of food, farm, health, public interest, leading organic food companies, and environmental groups all over the country and we will do whatever it takes to pass the California Right to Know GMO Labeling law.
After decades of demanding the right to know if our food contains GMOs, we are closer than ever to passing a mandatory GMO labeling law. Passing this law in California represents our best chance ever to guarantee consumers’ right to know on a national scale.
It’s shameless. More than 40 countries require genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. But thanks to the FDA and its cozy relationship with Monsanto, we have been denied this right.
This $2 million is the first step in building an effective campaign to pass this law. Big Biotech and Food Inc. will outspend us by millions, but with public opinion, truth, and you on our side, we can win.The Money Bomb campaign’s official deadline has come and gone. But we will continue raising money for this fight.
Awesome news! I thought Mercola was the one providing the matching funds?? Or maybe that was a separate matching-funds effort.
Stanley Fishman says
Wonderful news! We can win!
I am so excited about this! Being a CA resident, I have to say that this is something we just aren’t hearing anything about and I am stoked that there will be money now to start spreading the word. We can win this if we can just get people to understand! I wish there was 10 million dollars because I know the 2 million will go fast. Hopefully with the help of awesome bloggers like Kelly and computer “word of mouth” we can get all CA voters behind this in November.
This is awesome! Thanks for sharing the good news. 🙂