Oakland, California — Volunteers will be out in force this weekend at Earth Day events across the state in a final push for signatures to give Californians the chance to vote for the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients. The last day to gather signatures for the November ballot is Earth Day, Sunday, April 22.
“We’re confident this historic initiative will be on the ballot and we’re gearing up for a win in November,” said Stacy Malkan, media director of the California Right to Know ballot initiative. Malkan, who joined the campaign team in mid-April, is the former communications director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and a longtime strategist for environmental health campaigns.
“This is about the right to know what’s in our food. Thousands of volunteers — many of them mothers and grandmothers who are fired up about this issue more than any other – have been out on the streets gathering signatures to give Californians this fundamental right,” Malkan said.
The GMO labeling initiative campaign also welcomed a new outreach director last week. Kelly Quirke, former executive director of Rainforest Action Network, has more than 20 years experience as an advocate for health, the environment and human rights.
“A broad, growing and powerful family farm, health, environmental and consumer coalition is behind the genetically engineered food labeling initiative,” Quirke said. “An overwhelming majority of Californians agree with these groups and businesses: They want to know what’s in their food. That’s going to take us to victory in November.”
Major supporters of the genetically engineered food labeling initiative include the American Public Health Association, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, United Farm Workers, California Certified Organic Farmers, Organic Consumers Association, Consumer Federation of America, Nature’s Path, Lundberg Family Farms, Organic Valley, Eden Foods, Mercola.com, Center for Food Safety, Food Democracy Now!, LabelGMOs.org, and many others.
For more information about the California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods, see http://www.carighttoknow.org/.