Sunday, September 30, 2012

Are GMOs on the White House Menu?


Dear Organic Consumer,

Ninety percent of mothers and 88 percent of fathers are in favor of labeling GE foods, according to a recent survey by the Mellman Group. But two key parents are holding out: President and Mrs. Obama.

Please ask Michelle Obama to remind the President of his campaign promise to label GMOs, and to show his support for GMO labeling by endorsing Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.

More than 185,000 people have already signed on. We need to reach 200,000 signatures by Oct. 1, so we can deliver the petition to the White House.

Just last week, an important new study raised even more questions about the health consequences of GMOs. Given Michelle Obama's stance on organic gardens and healthy school lunches, we have to ask: Would she let her children choose food from a grocery store without knowing whether that food item contained GMO ingredients? When her family sits down to dinner, does the menu include GMO foods?

On the campaign trail in 2007, then-candidate Obama promised to support the right to know what's in our food. But President Obama has since sided with Monsanto - not the voters who elected him, not the 90% of people in this country who want GMOs labeled.

We are at a critical point in the battle to label GMOs. On Nov. 6, California voters will vote YES or NO on what could become this country's first mandatory GMO labeling bill. We must win this basic right - a right that citizens in nearly 50 other countries already have.

Mrs. Obama is the President's closest confidante. So we're calling on her to tell President Obama: Keep your word. Listen to the people, not the corporations. Do the right thing.

We may not be able to change the President's mind with a petition. But we promise we'll get his attention and hold him accountable - in an election year - for what he promised us four years ago.

Please help us pressure the White House to side with the more than 90% of Americans who want the basic right to know which foods on their grocery shelves contain GMOs, and which don't.

In Solidarity with California Voters,

Ronnie Cummins
Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund

We are raising this money on behalf of Prop 37, in order to print signs and leaflets, mobilize thousands of volunteers, and get out the vote in California. We're all in this together – please help. Thank you!


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