The right to self-determination is the bedrock of our Constitution. Tthe failure of Proposition 37 in California should give everyone reason for pause and concern. (http://tinyurl.com/c88d93s) The food industry spent $45 million to confuse the public and obfuscate the issue.
GMO's have not been approved by the FDA and they have been shown to cause cancer in rats. The government of France recently ordered a probe after a study linked GMO corn to cancer. http://tinyurl.com/8wvjpa8
San Juan County, Washington recently passed a similar resolution and other local governments are moving in a similar direction. http://tinyurl.com/bseoph6
Kenya recently banned the importation of all GMO foods. http://news.agropages.com/News/NewsDetail---8425.htm
It's an abomination of justice that Monsanto is able to successfully sue farmers when Monsanto seed inadvertently fertilizes the crops of other farmers (http://on.rt.com/c7gab4). The health and safety of the individual should not be compromised or put at risk for the sole purpose and benefit of enhancing corporate profits.
But in the US corporations are king, and challenging their rule is no small task. Even so, we cannot shirk from this responsibility because our very liberty is at stake.
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund works with communities all over the country (150 by last count) that are facing issues ranging from hydro-fracking to factory farming and everything in between. If we're going to wrest control of our government from the corporations a rights-based approach to organzing will be the most effective method. For more information please visit their web site: http://celdf.org.
An Ordinance for Food Bill of Rights
Right to Sustainable Food Systems: All residents of Clackamas County possess the fundamental and inalienable right to access, use, consume, produce, harvest, collect, process, and distribute foods generated from sustainable agriculture and sustainable food systems. This right shall include the right to be free from unsustainable food systems and unsustainable agricultural practices, which interfere with the right of Clackamas County residents to a sustainable food system.
Right to Seed Heritage: All residents of Clackamas County possess the inalienable right to save, preserve, protect, collect, harvest, and distribute all seeds grown within Clackamas County as essential to maintaining a sustainable food system. This includes, but is not limited to, the right to be free from infection, infestation, or drift by any means from genetically engineered life forms or genetically modified organisms.
Rights of Natural Communities: Natural communities and ecosystems within Clackamas County, including living soils and other terrestrial systems and aquatic systems such as aquifers, streams, rivers, and wetlands, and the systems of life that inhabit them, possess inalienable and fundamental rights to exist, persist, maintain themselves, and regenerate their own vital cycles, structure, functions, and evolutionary processes within Clackamas County. Natural communities and ecosystems possess an inalienable right to be free from the patenting or ownership of their genetic essence. Residents of Clackamas County shall possess legal standing to enforce these rights of natural communities and ecosystems, regardless of their relationship to them as property.
Right to Self-Government: All residents of Clackamas County possess the fundamental and inalienable right to a form of governance where they live which recognizes that all power is inherent in the people, that all free governments are founded on the people’s authority and consent, and that corporate entities and their directors and managers shall not enjoy special privileges or powers under the law which make community majorities subordinate to them.
People are Sovereign: Clackamas County shall be the governing authority responsible to, and governed by, the residents of Clackamas County. Use of the Clackamas County Municipal Corporation by the sovereign people of Clackamas County to make law shall not be construed to limit or surrender the sovereign authority or immunities of the people to a municipal corporation that is subordinate to them in all respects at all times. The people at all times enjoy and retain an inalienable and indefeasible right to self-governance in the community where they reside.
Rights are Self-Executing: All rights delineated and secured by this ordinance shall be self-executing, and these rights shall be enforceable against both public and private actors, and shall not require implementing legislation for their enforceability.