“Fishycorn Car” to arrive in Washington, DC
Art Car travels from across America to campaign for GMO Labeling
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — After swimming the highways of California for over 6 months, the Fishycorn Car is returning home to its spawning grounds in Washington, DC. Created in the Fall of 2011 by the DC51 Artist Collective, the Fishycorn Car is a blue 1990 Ford Tempo that has affixed to the roof a giant statue of a genetically engineered shark merged with an ear of corn. Adorned with comical eyeballs that protrude from the yellow corn kernels, Fishycorn has been looked at by thousands of people as it has traversed in America’s highways.
“We believe that Americans should have a right to know if they are eating GMO,” says Thomas Llewellyn, a driver of Fishycorn and member of the REAL Cooperative. GMO, or genetically engineered organism, is a plant or animal that has had its genes modified by scientists in a lab. “As we’ve traveled across America, we’ve seen that people agree with us and are demanding labels on foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients.”
While a Fishycorn Car maybe an easily spotted on the highways, a genetically engineered ingredient like corn or soy is not. On the hood of the Fishycorn Car there’s a simple message that ties in the rationale for the giant GMO statue: “Label GMO Foods.” The trip is following on the heels of the recent battle for Proposition 37, a ballot initiative that would have required labeling of GMOs in the state of California that was narrowly defeated despite nearly 6 million votes in favor of the proposition.
“People laugh at it at first because Fishycorn is rather funny looking,” says Ben Harper, another driver of the Fishycorn Car. “But it literally drives home the message that Americans deserve to have labels like citizens of over 40 other countries.” With the ballot initiative I-522 in Washington state on track to collect enough signatures, and pending legislation in Connecticut and Hawaii, GMO labeling may happen in America sooner than many think.
Fishycorn’s trip across America took a southern route, leaving the Bay Area on December 8 and swimming through Bakersfield, CA, Flagstaff, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Amarillo, TX, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK, Springfield and St. Louis, MO, Evansville, IN, Louisville, KY, and Richmond, VA, the Fishycorn Car’s final stop in Washington, DC will be outside of the White House at Lafayette Square, 16(th) & H Street, at 12:30pm.
“We’re coming to the White House because the President has failed to act on his promise to label GMO foods,” says Emma Hutchens, a Fishycorn Car driver and member of the REAL Cooperative. “He said he’d label GMO foods but he hasn’t.” Not only has the President not followed up with his 2007 campaign promise to label GMO foods, his Administration has failed to answer multiple petitions on the “We The People” citizen petitioning microsite on WhiteHouse.gov that reached the signature threshold for a response.
WHO: The Fishycorn Car and GMO labeling advocates
WHAT: A welcome-home rally for the Fishycorn Car
WHERE: Lafayette Square, 16(th) & H Street, NW, Washington, DC
WHY: President Obama has the power to label GMO foods but hasn’t
The Fishycorn Car’s cross-country journey was supported by organic food and natural product companies RW Garcia, Dr. Bronners, Nutiva, HimalaSalt and Organic Valley. Fishycorn Car was also supported by GMO Inside, which provides Americans with actions they can take in their homes, grocery stores, and communities to call attention to genetically engineered foods.
SOURCE REAL Cooperative