Prop 37 (labeling foods which contain GMOs), a ballot initiative in California during the 2012 Presidential election, surprised and disappointed a lot of people when it failed to pass. Corporate money from food giants such as Monsanto, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Kellogg, General Mills, ConAgra, and others, outspent their opposition by an estimated $40,000,000 to fight the labeling, and cast a long enough shadow of doubt on the outcome of that particular measure, that it is surprising that the loss was by such a small margin. It was so small, in fact, that voters demanded a recount.
The recount process, headed by Tom Courbat, a former senior budget analyst for Los Angeles County, was met with cooperation in the first two California counties, but Fresno County offered such massive opposition, that the private citizens who were funding the recount had to give up their fight.
Many people wonder, if GMO’s aren’t supposed to be bad for us (according to the corporations who use them), why are we not allowed to know which foods they are in? Hmmm…that’s food for thought.
Anyway, if you would like to find out how 1 person in Fresno County was able to halt the wheels of justice on the recount issue, you can read more here.
Oh, and check out Food Integrity Now.org. This is a wonderful organization dedicated to educating “We the People” about and supporting integrity in all aspects of our food supply. We deserve to have access to healthy and affordable foods, don’t you think so?