Marion Nestle in D.C.

Hey D.C.! Marion Nestle will be making several appearances in your city during the next few days. These will be great opportunities to hear her speak about Eat Drink Vote - and maybe pick up a signed copy (or two!) for holiday gifts. The events are:

Tuesday, December 3rd , 7 - 9pm
Politics and Prose presents Marion Nestle, author of Eat, Drink, Vote at the MLK library
Address: MLK library- 901 G St NW Washington, D.C., DC 20001

Wednesday, December 4th , 5 - 8pm
24th Annual University Club Meet the Author Night and Book Fair
Address: University Club of DC- 1135 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Thursday, December 5th , 6 - 8pm
CQ Roll Call Event with Marion Nestle, author of Eat, Drink, Vote
Address: Roll Call headquarters- 77 K Street NE, 8th floor, Washington, DC 20002-4681
This event is sponsored by Roll Call and Hooks Books.
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Comic Strip of the Day Recommends Book for Holiday Shopping

We are delighted to note that Comic Strip of the Day, a thoughtful blog about comics and cartoons and those who create them, has included Eat Drink Vote among their recommendations for holiday shopping. Mike Peterson, the blog's author, notes "This is both a fun book and a sensible conversation, and you don't find those two factors in the same place very often. Nor do you often find this many thoughtful and often hilarious cartoons on one topic in one place." The post was published on November 15 and may be found here.
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And the winner is ….

On this election day we are pleased to announce a winner ... of our first caption contest! The winning caption for the cartoon shown below is:

"I'm suspicious of those herbal supplements. They haven't been approved by the government yet!"

This caption was submitted by Jenni Rom and she will win a copy of Eat Drink Vote signed by Marion Nestle. Congratuations Jenni!

Thank you to the hundreds of people who submitted captions and voted. Both the quantity and quality of competition was high.

A reminder: The second contest has started!

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Eat Drink VOTE

A reminder from us: Eat Drink VOTE! Your vote can help to create a food system that is better for us and the planet. And - after the election, please remember that your purchase and consumption decisions will also encourage a food system that is better for us all.
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Tomorrow is Election Day

Do you have the right to know what is in the food that you eat? This is the question that voters in the state of Washington will decide in this election. While the connection between politics and food is obvious in this contest, all elections have implications for the food that we eat. Why? Because the food businesses know that government action affects what they pay for their ingredients, what they may put in their food, how they may label and market their food, and where their food may be distributed. In short, government influences profits which prompts businesses to distribute their political spending so as to maximize profits.

Elections with food-related initiatives on the ballot provide a stark example of how spending affects what you eat - and how it changes in response to consumer feedback. Prop. 37 in California was one of the first major GMO labeling initiatives. In the 2012 election, the opponents of the initiative included mostly out-of-state corporations such as Monsanto, DuPont, PepsiCo and a trade association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association. These entities and others spent nearly $45 million to narrowly defeat the initiative and, in the process, outspent the initiative's supporters by nearly 5 to 1.

Fast forward to Washington's GMO labeling initiative. Two things, at least, are notable about how the opponents are spending their dollars in this election. One - On a per voter basis, they are spending at a higher rate. To-date, the opponents of I-522 have spent approximately $22 million which translates to just over $5/registered voter, which essentially doubles the roughly $2.50 spent/voter in California. (As in California, opponents are outspending supporters ... by a significant margin.) Two - The Grocery Manufacturers Association has replaced Monsanto as the largest spender. Corporations are choosing to direct their spending via the Association as opposed to spending directly. Additionally, according to an article in The Olympian newspaper, many of the opponents of the California initiative are not spending to oppose the Washington initiative. The newspaper notes the reasons vary but for some entities there is growing awareness that they risk consumer backlash if they spend to oppose this type of initiative.

The tactical changes (i.e., increased spending directed through the GMA and the decision by some opponents not to spend to oppose the initiative) are two different sides to the same coin: The food movement is becoming a more formidable foe for the food companies. Without your electoral votes as well as your purchase and consumption decisions, the tactics used by the opponents to the GMO labelling initiatives would not be changing.

As Marion Nestle points out in Eat Drink Vote, your votes matter! So, tomorrow vote with your vote!
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Rodale News Post GMO Cartoon Slideshow

Yes GMOs are political ... and they can be funny and thought-provoking as well.

Rodale News has posted a slideshow of eleven cartoons about GMOs that are featured in Eat Drink Vote. We hope that you'll check out the cartoons and share them with your friends.

And - a reminder ... the current cartoon in the Caption Contest combines GMOs plus hot dogs ... a perfect cartoon pairing. The only thing missing is your caption!
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