Good news this week, via the California Right to Know campaign:
Supporters celebrated as the California Right to Know campaign filed 971,126 signatures for the state’s first-ever ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. The huge signature haul is nearly double the 555,236 signatures the campaign needs to qualify for the November ballot.
If passed this November, Californians will join citizens of over 40 countries including all of Europe, Japan and even China who have the right to know whether they are eating genetically engineered food.
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“This bumper crop of signatures is a testament to the desire of Californians to know what’s really in our food,” said Grant Lundberg, CEO of Lundberg Family Farms and a third generation rice farmer and food processor. “It is a rich harvest of support for the right to know and the right to choose.”
Labeling genetically engineered foods is a wildly popular idea and enjoys nearly unanimous support across the political spectrum. A March 2012 Mellman Group poll found that 9 out of 10 American voters favor labeling for genetically engineered food.
“In a country seemingly dominated by partisan polarization on everything from the cause of hurricanes to the state of the economy, it’s hard to find issues, outside of motherhood and apple pie, that can muster over 90 percent support. (W)e found one,” pollster Mark Mellman wrote in a recent article in the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill.
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“The right to know is a fundamental right and a bedrock American value,” said Stacy Malkan, media director of the California Right to Know campaign. “This November, the voters of California will surely vindicate our right to know what’s in the food we eat and feed our children.”
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