Corporate Personhood mandated by the Supreme Court 2 years ago engulfed our government in a wave of corporate money. The Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission in 2010 paved the way to make it easier for BIG money to have more influence in politics.
Corporate Personhood has strengthened the influence of large corporations. In the food movement we use phrases like BIG Ag, BIG Biotech, BIG Chemical, BIG Food to mean the corporate monoliths who run our country.
Since when does the government have the right to tell us what we can or cannot eat? Oh…, wait…, I know: since the FDA and USDA decided that “in the public interest,” which is a blanket statement designed to cover all citizens. Some of us are not “all citizens,” because we recognize the unhealthy nature of what’s forced on us today in the stores which barely passes as food!
FOOD FREEDOM is the rallying cry! Mothers with children who suffer from allergies want to feed their children raw milk and unpasteurized milk products. Our ancestors did this for thousands of years since bovines were domesticated, and humans are still here! Others, like myself, who also support raw milk, know that the white, watered down, adulterated stuff in every grocery store is little like the milk fresh from the cow. This assembly line milk contains a plethora of artificial and potentially dangerous additions like unnecessary antibiotics. We know that pasteurization kills vital and beneficial nutrients in fresh milk. We DON’T WANT to eat ‘Big Food’ any longer, but the FDA, USDA, state and local agencies refuse to grant us one simple choice: FOOD FREEDOM!
Across this nation today there are thousands, if not millions, fighting for food sovereignty, sustainable farming, and a return to localized food systems which were more common in the early part of the last century. The disconnect has begun from the food monoliths which rule our lives.
Justice John Paul Stevens hit the nail on the head, echoing what people all around the country sar saying about corporate personhood. He said,
“Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their ‘personhood’ often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.”
Robert Weissman of the group, Public Citizen said, “The failure of our democracy to respond to the many urgent crises facing the nation — high unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and rapid global climate change — is a direct result of excessive corporate political influence.”
We need to rally behind groups like PUBLIC CITIZEN who have been championing the rights of American Citizens for 40 years.
Corporate Personhood means the death of democracy. It is fueled by greed, profits, the bottom line and a total disregard for human life — period!
Unless a corporation is 100% behind humanity, stands for the healing of this planet, sustainable living and PUTS HUMANS OVER PROFITS & INFLUENCE, then there is no hope for this world. Our wars will continue, genocide in all forms will run rampant, starvation will claim millions of lives, the poisoning of the planet by chemical biotech corporations will kill in its insidious ways, and our freedoms will slowly dissolve.