Finland, Minn (PRWEB) August 08, 2012
In an Open Letter to the Organic Community, Ronnie Cummins, Executive Director of the Organic Consumers Association and the Organic Consumers Fund, today appealed to the organic community to reach out to organic food retailers nationwide to support the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, Proposition 37.
“What is likely the most important food fight in a generation is unfolding in California,” Cummins said. “The grassroots-powered Nov. 6 California Ballot Initiative (Proposition 37) to require labels on genetically engineered foods and to ban the routine industry practice of marketing GMO-tainted foods as “natural” or “all natural” is approaching a decisive moment. The outcome of this ballot initiative will determine whether GMO foods are labeled, not only in California but across the entire United States and Canada as well. It’s time for all of us who care about an organic and sustainable future to close ranks and support the Nov. 6 California Ballot Initiative (Proposition 37).
Over 650 organizations, organic companies and retail stores have already endorsed the campaign, according to Cummins. “But we need thousands more. “
Cummins called the GMO labeling law the first step toward moving healthy, organic products from a 4.2% market niche, to the dominant force in American food and farming.
“It’s a hopeful sign that, in spite of economic recession, organic foods now make up 4.2% of all grocery store sales. However given the magnitude of the country’s public health, environmental, and climate crisis, 10% annual growth in the organic sector is simply not enough to reach the proverbial “tipping point” before our current crisis metastasizes into what can only be described as a catastrophe,” Cummins said.
He added: “Now is the time to move forward. Support Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Foods Act. This is the food fight of our lives. Please join and support us in this historic struggle by volunteering today.”
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.