GMO vote in Oregon and Colorad
If you are in Oregon or in Colorado, or know people in the two states, please get involved: On November 4, two mandatory GMO food labeling ballot initiatives: Measure 92 in Oregon and Initiative 105 in Colorado will be decided. It is no exaggeration to say that these two ballot initiatives will determine the fate of food in America. Despite the fact that the Gene Giants (Monsanto Dupont, Dow, Syngenta, BASF, and Bayer), backed by the worlds largest junk food manufactures (Coca Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, General Mills, Kelloggs), have spent over $30 million to mislead and confuse voters in these two states, latest indications are that voters in at least one state, Oregon, will vote for mandatory labeling, while voters in Colorado (where the Yes on GMO labeling forces have been outspent 25-to-1) may still pull off the most amazing longshot victory of 2014.
What is important to understand is that a victory in either of these two frontline states will have a profound impact. Since genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods were forced onto the market in the 1990s by Monsanto and the FDA, with no safety testing and no labels required, aware consumers have been trying to either ban or to require mandatory labeling of these uninvited guests. This unprecedented national grassroots movement that has persevered for over two decades, despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the GMO and junk food industries to buy off federal and state lawmakers and regulatory agencies. Americas contemporary food fight is not just a battle for health and sustainability, but a fundamental struggle over whether we and our children will live in a Democracy or a Corporatist State. Read an essay on the Organic Consumers Association website to understand the big picture. Consider watching this video about the politics of sugar and soda, 5 minutes.