(The image above represents a small sampling of the many voices who have spoken up in support of the #RepealTheSeal campaign. While we are unable to post each image here, we thank each and every person for their support and commitment to calling for a resolution on this issue. ~Regan Jones, RDN)
Earlier today, Rachel Begun, Kate Geagan and I posted the following update to the supporters of the #RepealTheSeal petition on Change.org. I am reposting that update here with a personal word of thanks to all of you who reached out to show your support not only of this campaign, but also my personal involvement in this effort. As the update below states, the public forum by which we launched this campaign has always been grounded in the desire to spark real change and press for decisive and timely action. While the late British statesman George Canning may not be a man whose name many of us recognize, his quote is worth remembering:
"Indecision and delays are the parents of failure." ~ George Canning
Mar 25, 2015 — In launching the #RepealTheSeal campaign and starting this petition, we have remained committed to creating a professional and respectful platform for RDNs to express their concerns about this issue to the Academy. This public step was taken only after multiple formal channels were followed during our respective careers on similar issues to little response.
We decided to speak out publicly because we believe credibility is everything. We also believe that our organization is stronger when we take action to make it better. Our intention has always been to be a spark for change and to fight for the principles of our organization and our profession.
In March 24th’s Wall Street Journal article — http://www.wsj.com/articles/eat-right-meltdown-for-kraft-singles-1427152818 — the Academy stated that it “is working toward changing any perceptions of endorsement.” To our ears, this means the Academy is keeping their decision intact and continuing to explain the rationale, rather than taking meaningful steps to keep the Kids Eat Right (KER) logo off product packaging, as was requested in our #RepealTheSeal petition.
Without all of you, we couldn’t have achieved the overwhelming impact that we have, including:
- More than 11,000 signatures — composed primarily of RDNs, Academy members and dietetic interns
- Millions reached through social media — the #RepealTheSeal hashtag has been shared on Twitter to more than 1.7 million accounts, which represents almost 5 million total possible impressions
- More than 40 blog posts — Academy Members, Dietetic Students and Health Professional Blogs have voiced their concerns through their blogs, reaching tens of millions of online readers
We are deeply grateful to all of our colleagues and fellow RDNs who have added the power of their voice, both publicly and privately, to express disagreement over the Academy’s decision to allow the KER logo on food packaging.
Call to Action
To date, the Academy has not responded with the actions requested in our original petition. A resolution on this issue may only come if your pressure remains strong. Email your State and DPG Leadership and ask that these petition requests be addressed by the Academy now, and not pushed back to future meetings.
Thank you to all of you who supported this petition.
Rachel Begun MS, RDN
Kate Geagan MS, RDN
Regan Jones RDN