martes, noviembre 13, 2012

GMO labeling, after California's Prop 37 the struggle continues

OCA Statement On California Prop 37 Uncounted Votes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Organic Consumers Association Katherine Paul, 207.653.3090, 

FINLAND, Minn.  - Nov. 12, 2012 - The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is monitoring the ongoing vote count and election results for Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. The OCA will contest the vote if results differ substantially from pre-election poll results or if there are reports of any voting irregularities, particularly in Orange and San Mateo Counties where paperless ballot systems make voting more vulnerable to fraud. 

Prop 37 was defeated by 6 percentage points, 53% to 47%, according to the California Secretary of State on election night. However, as with every election, not every ballot had been counted as of midnight Nov. 6. On election night, there were still 3.3 million uncounted votes. As of November 11, the vote totals were 5,205,044 NO to 4,619,580 YES. 

"The OCA, along with the California Right to Know Campaign and its attorneys, are closely monitoring the ongoing vote count process," said Ronnie Cummins, Director of the OCA and OCF, which contributed more than $1 million to the Prop 37 campaign. "We will challenge the outcome if the final count indicates more YES than NO votes, or if the results are substantially different from our pre-election polls." 

State law requires county elections officials to report their final results to the Secretary of State by December 7. The Secretary of State has until December 14 to certify the results of the election. 

The OCA hired Lake Research Partners to conduct pre-election polling for Prop 37. The final results of the polling are not yet available. 

"Win or lose, Prop 37 is just the beginning," said Cummins. "We've put GMO labeling on the national map, and we've put Big Ag and Big Food on notice: This movement is stronger than ever, and it's not going away." 

Activists in Washington State have already collected more than half of the signatures they need to put a similar GMO labeling initiative on the ballot there in 2013. Plans are also in the works to reignite legislative attempts in Vermont and Connecticut, where laws don't provide for citizens ballot initiatives. 

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. 

The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.

Congratulations GMO-Free San Juan County, Washington!

  • By Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., 
  • Political Director 
    Organic Consumers Fund, November 8, 2012 

What do France and San Juan County have in common? 

A ban on genetically modified organisms, that's what. 

Local voters embraced Proposition 2012-4 by a wide margin in the Nov. 6 election, as the citizen-led initiative banning the production of GMOs captured 61 percent of votes tallied in Tuesday's initial election results. 

With 8,877 votes counted, "Yes" votes outnumbered "No" votes by 5,183 to 3,329. 

"I'm proud to live in a county that could see the immense benefit of passing this forward-thinking initiative," said GMO-ban supporter Marta Nielsen of Orcas Island, an organic farmer who raises chickens. 

Proposed by organic farmers and others, the GMO ban makes it unlawful to propagate or grow plants or animals in San Juan County that have been genetically modified and provides for penalties and destruction of such organisms. 


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