I tried not to get emotionally attached – really I did.  Thought I’d learned my lesson after the 2004 election, as I sat huddled amongst the SC Committee to Defeat George Bush at the Chaminade, watching state by state as the last 6 months of my life went up on a haze of red smoke.  But I suppose it’s hard to remain objective after standing on the street corner with your seven year old, holding Yes on 37 signs.

Having spent the past several years trying to raise awareness of the GMO issue, I still can’t for the life of me understand why anyone wouldn’t want to know what’s in their food.  More than 60 countries require genetically modified foods to be labeled, but if the Prop 37 defeat in any indication, we in the US appear to be heading in the opposite direction.

And regardless of health concerns, as eminent expert Michael Pollan reminds us:  “The fight over labeling G.M. food is not foremost about food safety or environmental harm, legitimate though these questions are. The fight is about the power of Big Food. Monsanto has become the symbol of everything people dislike about industrial agriculture: corporate control of the regulatory process; lack of transparency (for consumers) and lack of choice (for farmers); an intensifying rain of pesticides on ever-expanding monocultures; and the monopolization of seeds, which is to say, of the genetic resources on which all of humanity depends.”

Then on November 6th we had our chance.  But those millions of dollars poured into confusing, deceptive and downright dishonest ad campaigns did the trick, and Big Food reaped an expensive victory  to keep us in the dark.  Or did they….?  According to Pamm Larry, the original instigator for the California Right To Know ballot initiative campaign. ”… while we may not have won this election, what we have accomplished is phenomenal. We have awakened this country and we will not go back.

We were up against huge money, lies, misrepresentation and basically smarmy tactics. Given all our obstacles, already the political analysts are saying that our election was a huge success and that AGBio is on notice that they are vulnerable.”

In other words, it’s time to engage with more than just the ballot,  it’s up to us now to vote with our forks.  We make a difference every time we avoid supporting the companies that shelled out millions to squash any momentum the food movement gained.  They may not care about our health or our rights, but care very much about our money.

Believe me, I know how hard it is to change.  If you eat Cheerios every morning, establishing a new routine is an unwelcome chore.  But change, especially in this case, is healthy.  So take the time, make a choice and stop eating with the enemy.  Buy organic, locally grown where you can, and by all means, boycott the companies that paid through the nose to convince you to vote no.  Here’s a handy list to help get you started:

Prop 37 - Right To Know

Here’s to keeping the food movement growing!!