2012 election: What’s up with California’s Proposition 37? »
That said, actually voting can be terribly confusing, especially here in California, land of the endless ballot propositions! There are always so many, and they are not all as straightforward as 2008’s beloved Prop. 2. This year we’ve got 11, some directly contradicting others ON THE SAME BALLOT, WHY.
KQED’s Calfornia Report recently reported on Prop. 37, “Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling Initiative Statute,” as part of its series on all 11 of California’s 2012 ballot initiatives. Here’s the latest report, by science reporter Amy Standen:
… Proposition 37 is bad politics. Dragging ill-informed and uninterested consumers into a dirty political fight and expecting them to make “conscientious” consumer decisions is not the way to spur social progress. And spreading misinformation isn’t going to help that. If Proposition 37 is how the food movement will prove itself, count me out.
[Photo by Nuclear Winter via Flickr]
Vote for us for a Treehugger award and support vegans ruling the world! »
Check us out, we fancy: We’re nominated for a Treehugger Best of Green Readers’ Choice award! Thank you, Treehugger! Even if you spelled our name wrong, we love you because sometimes we spell our names wrong, too! Ain’t no thang. (But really, fix it.)
The category is Best Food Website, and we’re up against omni-geared spots Food52 (let the record show that when I clicked to their website, a huge picture of ribs popped up) and The Kitchn (which has loads of good veg info and fun decorating and storage tips, but also an article on “vat-pasteurized milk”). Both sites are great for often promoting vegan deliciousness but on the reals, you vegans better support the vegan site, lest society crumble and burn to the ground. OR WORSE: Things will continue as they are. Terrifying.
*Give you a high five, or a smooch if you’re Michael Fassbender-level attractive, which you all are!
Quick, vegans! What should I bring for a Fourth of July Potluck? »
Try not to get too jealous, but I’m going to an 80-person ALL-VEGAN July Fourth potluck tomorrow up in the mountains of Colorado. It’s through Meetup.com, so the people might be total freaks, but I’m betting they’re awesome. I need to decide what to bring! What’s your favorite thing to bring to a summer potluck? Bonus points for a link to an online recipe! Let’s share the wealth here!
[Ed.: Might I suggest Roasted Dill Potato Salad from VegWeb!? I might! —Laura!]
Vote to help Mickaboo win $50k in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge! »
Elizabeth of Mickaboo contacted Vegansaurus because Mickaboo needs us! This month’s SF Vegan Bakesale raised money for Mickacoo, but nothing like the $50,000 grant they’re competing to win in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge! How can we help? By voting!
You can vote at the site, and by texting 105245 to 73774. The trick is that you can vote both ways once a day, every day, through Monday, Jan. 31. There are lots of projects there for you to check out, competing for different amounts of money, so once you’ve registered (ugh, I know, but GOOD CAUSE) and voted for Mickaboo in the $50k category, check out the site, maybe lend your support to other needy organizations. You might as well, you’re already there.
Elizabeth and all the humans and birds at Mickaboo are super-grateful for your help. For more information, visit Mickaboo online.
Hey! Go vote for this vegan shirt over on Threadless! It’s cute! Also, it would be awesome if someone sold a novelty shirt that wasn’t making fun of vegans. I mean, if I see another chromosomally-challenged fool wearing a, “PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals” shirt, I’ll flip. Actually, I’ve never once seen that but I can imagine it’s big in fraternities. In the South*. And that if I were there and saw it, I would flip.
*OH I AM KIDDING RELAX FRAT BOYS FROM THE SOUTH ARE TOTALLY GREAT.
LIBERTE EGALITE POULETS: Yes on Prop. 2! »
Californians who vote no on Prop. 2 deserve the same treatment they’re condemning the pigs, calves, and chickens to.
Do you know how many of us vegans have been working to get this proposition passed, because we care about the way you people treat the animals you eat?
Did you know that the Humane Society had to get it these laws passed by voter mandate because the state legislature is owned by the farming industry, and would never make these kind of humane changes on its own?
Did you know the anti-Prop. 2 campaign is primarily funded by out-of-state companies? If the passage of this proposition would increase out-of-state egg importation, why do you suppose these companies are so invested in preventing it?
The state had to force the USDA and the American Egg Board—your tax dollars at work!—to stop buying anti-Prop. 2 ads in September. The federal government caught in a scheme to illegally influence an election! Why do you suppose that is? Perhaps you can extrapolate; when does the government, particularly the federal government, ever willingly accept stricter regulations, health and humane treatment of animals regardless?
I haven’t bought an egg in over four years. But if you still think of eggs as incredible and edible and all that, you have a responsibility as a conscious person to consider the animal from which those eggs come. All those chickens know in their short lives is pain, misery and fear. Why wouldn’t you take that away, now that you’re given the chance?
“It would cost more,” incidentally, is a lot of nonsense. It will not cost considerably more. It will not put all the independent egg farmers across the state out of business—how many do you suppose aren’t actually connected to massive farming conglomerates, by the way? “It would cost more,” sounds so much more disgusting coming from people who have never seriously considered the cost of eggs before. How patronizing, that you suddenly care about “California’s working families” and their heavy reliance on cheap eggs for their daily protein requirements. Don’t worry, your pals at the corner store and the checkstand and the laundromat are going to be fine, jerks.
I’m excited to be excited about the results of an election tomorrow. Don’t fuck it up.
[photo via www.doolittlefarmyarn.com]
The folks behind The Meatrix just made “Uncaged,” this pretty awesome YES on Prop. 2 video, definitely worth checking out! And if you live in California, remember to vote YES on Prop. 2 if you have a heart, soul or conscience!