Move to Amend Endorses Right to Know Over Corporate "Right" to Profit - Yes on California Proposition 37

Monday, October 15, 2012


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The Move to Amend coalition endorses Prop 37, requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods. No ballot issue more clearly displays corporate power and wealth at work in our electoral process, than that surrounding Prop. 37.

"Because the courts have given corporations the inherent rights of “we the people,” and have decreed that money is speech, corporations get to participate in our elections, and they get to spend as much money as they want, as well," said David Cobb of Move to Amend’s national leadership team.

Cobb added, “California is not only among the largest economies on Earth, it is also the world’s fifth largest supplier of food and agriculture commodities. Corporations like Dow, Monsanto, Nestle, and many others, along with their trade associations, have collectively spent more than $32 billion to persuade Californians to vote against their best interests. It’s outrageous--we have the right to know what’s in our food.”

In a free-market system, voters should question why big business is attempting to prevent passage of a beneficial law disclosing the content and growing conditions of the food we eat, especially since the opposition claims have proven misleading.

“Prop 37 is about more than the food we eat, it’s about expanding corporate rights,” Cobb explains. “If Prop 37 fails, corporations will win a massive victory as their privacy rights expand, further enhancing their ‘personhood,’ at the expense of the consumer’s right to know.”

Move to Amend is a national coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests. They encourage their members and all proponents of democracy to vote yes on Prop 37. 

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