Not everything we do comes out successful. Sometimes we have some rather spectacular failures. Hopefully, we learn from them, we dust ourselves off, and we continue on.
When you’re fighting GMOs, you know that at some point you’ll encounter opposition. It’s inevitable. And for us, the day the Big Guys exercised their significant muscle was December 8, 2014. It felt like running at 60 m.p.h. into a brick wall.
Up until that point, our initiative to make L.A. a GMO-Free Zone had pretty much flown through all the channels of government. Sure, it was hard work, but it was highly successful work.
We had TONS of local people on our side: over 5,000 signatures from the general public, 5 endorsements from Neighborhood Councils, and over 100 endorsement letters on file — from a very diverse set of organizations including small business, urban agriculture, seed companies, Latino organizations, environmental organizations, and faith communities. Our mixed coalition included GMO-labeling activists, ECM people, Seed Library of Los Angeles people, and oh so many more.
Councilman Paul Koretz remarked that he had not seen an L.A. initiative with that level of public support for a very long time.