"Rally for the Right to Know": Activists Gather at Yellow Green Market

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Photo by Sara Ventiera
Participating Bands: The Holstered, Blue Sky Drive, Left on Red, Vesper Sparrow.
In honor of last week's World Food Day, a group of local activists gathered Saturday at Hollywood's Yellow Green Market. The group gathered together to show support for an initiative, Propostion 37, that will appear on the November ballot in California. Food activists nationwide are pushing an effort to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, a.k.a. GMOs. California is the first state where the proposal has made it to the ballot.

The rally featured guest speakers, live music, raffles, and booths. Clean Plate Charlie caught up with some of the participants involved.

See Also:
- World Food Day Today (October 16): GMO Protest at Yellow Green Market
- Keep Your Frankenfood Outta My Publix (or at Least Label it, Please): Protestors Rally Against Genetically Modified Foods


Throughout the day, the event garnered a small, but steady crowd. People sat and watched bands and speakers. Volunteers passed around pamphlets and brochures, educating the public of the issues relating to GMOs. Some people say that technological advances will help us feed a growing world population; others counter that the potential dangers of genetically modified food outweigh the risks, and that huge biotech firms are profiting at the expense of human health. Whether by chance or in support of the rally, the Yellow Green Market saw an extra 400 people than on a normal Saturday afternoon.

According to Trish Sheldon of GMO Free Florida, "we reached a lot of people who weren't aware of the issues. They took pamphlets and signed petitions. We got donations for Prop. 37, which is important because if it wins in November, it will pave the way for other states. And the bands were amazing."

Alyse Opatowski of Food & Water Watch concurred. "I think it was really good. A lot of people came throughout the day. Some were just coming for the music, but they ended up learning about the issue. And, of course, many of the people out here really care and want to keep working on this bill."

Sheldon and Opatowski's organizations have been working to get local sponsorship on a Florida bill requiring mandatory labeling. Both GMO Free Florida and Food & Water Watch have been urging Florida State Senator Eleanor Sobel to champion a bill. At the moment, they are following up with the senator.

After all expenses were paid, the rally brought in $150 in donations to support Prop 37. For now, the groups will continue to make calls for Prop 37, keep calling Senator Sobel, secure remaining teams across the state, and move ahead with the coalition of states supporting the bill. Sheldon is currently working on a group screening of Genetic Roulette at BM Organics next month. For more information, check out Food & Water Watch Florida's facebook page. Or the page for GMO Free Florida here.



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Yellow Green Farmers Market

1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

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shecktrade
shecktrade

This was a wonderful informational rally and the music was really top-notch! Thanks to Sara and New Times for covering this important issue - we should have a right to know about the contents of our foods, and make informed decisions about what we buy & eat (duh, right?). 

indigogirl1976
indigogirl1976

This was a really informative article. I think the contents and safety of our food supply is a topic that is generally ignored and under reported. It's good to know there are people in Florida similar to those in California fighting for gmo's to be labelled.

tristessa88
tristessa88

Goooo Florida!!!  And, Prop. 37!  Thank you @Clean Plate Charlie for bringing this very important food issue to light! 

ally
ally

What a great event. Thanks for covering this! People need to know what is in our food so they can decide for themselves. 

speedyturtle
speedyturtle

The movement to label GMO food is growing fast. Why wouldn't anyone want to know?

westhamfan
westhamfan

Well done, Trish and GMO Free Florida! Americans have been kept in the dark for almost 20 years. Thank you for educating Floridians about this most important issue. Keep up the great work! 

littleacornsarewe
littleacornsarewe

My state of Hawaii has introduced at least 19 bills to label GMO in the last few years and not one has passed. Why is there so much resistance to our right to know what is in our food? I have hope that Prop 37 will pass and will allow other states to follow. Thank you for your effort! Yes on Prop 37! Label GMO!

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