A message from the Organic Consumers Association:
The final Pepperdine pre-election poll on the November 6
Proposition 37 California ballot initiative to label genetically
engineered foods came out October 30. After enjoying a 26-point lead
for the past six months, our side is now supposedly 10 points behind in
the polls. The online poll, which in theory has a margin of error of
3-5%, was conducted before our Yes on Prop 37 TV ads finally began
running last weekend. But the results are nonetheless alarming.
We still enjoy a lead among those who don't watch TV, but
the opposition's ads have turned huge numbers of California TV-watchers
For a full month Monsanto and their allies have pounded the
California airwaves with nearly $50 million in TV and radio ads,
spewing lies about how mandatory labeling for genetically engineered
food will mean higher costs for consumers, lawsuits clogging the courts,
"confusing" labels and poor farmers and grocers facing "nightmares of
paperwork." Surveys have shown that once undecided or even opposed
voters see our Yes on Prop 37 ads they change their minds, and come back
over to our side. But we're running out of time - and money - to reach
those voters. Meanwhile, money continues to pour into the opposition's
campaign. Monsanto just upped its contribution this week from $7.1
million to more than $8
We can still win on Nov. 6, by exposing millions of
confused or undecided California voters to our TV ads. But we need to
raise money, and we need to raise it today. Please click here to make a donation today.
In addition to running more ads, we need to step up our
ground strategy in these last few days. Our 10,000+ volunteers for Yes
on 37 are fighting back on the ground by talking to voters in front of
supermarkets, sharing information with their friends by email and on
Facebook, and by talking to prospective voters on the phone. These
grassroots efforts will culminate in a major Get-Out-the-Vote campaign
on November 6.
If you live in California, we desperately need you to hand
out leaflets at grocery stores between now and Nov.6. If you can spare a
few hours, please sign up here for instructions on where to get leaflets and where we need help.
If you live outside California, please volunteer for our
national phone bank to help us call millions of California voters. It's
easy. You can get quick, easy online training and sign up for one or more shifts here - and it won't cost you a dime in phone charges.
The "Do or Die" moment of truth has arrived in this David
versus Goliath battle. The whole world is watching. We desperately need
your emergency last-minute donations and your volunteer energy. Please
support us in these last five days of this historic campaign!
Have a great weekend!