This is really about everyone paying their fair share.
This past election, Californians had an opportunity to vote on requiring growers and food processors to disclose if they are using genetically modified seed or ingredients and in two California cities folks voted on taxing sugary beverages.
The ballot lost. In all cases the proponents were vastly outspent. That doesn’t help but it isn’t the real reason the campaigns were not successful.
One of the biggest reasons is the failure of the mainstream media to be anything but puppets of corporate purse strings. The reporting about both the GMO and soda campaigns was dismal. The opponents were able to paint the GMO initiative as well intentioned but so poorly written that it would do more harm then good. The coverage of the soda tax equally ridiculous….claiming no relationship between sodas and childhood obesity and of course saying it was a regressive tax that would hurt the poor the most.
More importantly they were also out strategized. The proponents are decent Americans trying to help consumers make good choices. The American Beverage Association are disgusting venal people who would lie to their grandmothers. As for Monsanto, they are trying to patent life that should give everyone pause.
The goal of both initiatives was corporate responsibility and that concept got lost. The first step is to talk about how much money the soda industry and Monsanto are making. Some estimates show the profit margin of the soda industry is upwards of 90%.
Monsanto’s profits on GMO products are mind-boggling.
This is the era of personal responsibility. Corporations are people.These corporations have no concern for the impact on the public they are making. These companies are people. The Supreme Court has said that’s a fact. They should be revealed for what they do as corporate officers -selfish behavior cannot be erased by donations to a community foundation. Remember no more ‘good soldiers.’ Everyone is responsible for their behavior.
Here’s a list of Monsanto’s corporate officers and you can find the names of their Board members as well.
Especially the Board members who include a college president, should be individually held accountable for the behavior of this corporation. The board also reflects the undeniably close relationship between McDonald’s fast foods and Monsanto. Even if you are the biggest McRib fan in the world, if you believe in corporate responsibility you should not eat at McDonald’s ever again…and give up coca-cola they aren’t any better. Instead of figuring out ways to better serve their customers, they are spending millions on preserving the right to deceive them.
Here’s Coca-cola’s Board and officers.
Both of these companies are making a boatload of money. Both of them are selling products with public policy impact. Both are refusing to pay their fair share of the public impact. The soda industry is in large part due to their greed, responsible for a public health crisis. They wrap themselves in the America flag and blather on about the right of people to drink themselves into obesity. Coca-cola gave 2 million dollars to save polar bears but they refuse to do anything to stop an epidemic of childhood obesity in Richmond, California. Based on last year’s profits they could easily afford to do both.
The revenue raised should pay for the impact of the product, if people use less because of the tax — in this case that should be a side benefit. All we are asking is for people to pay their fair share.
You know that ad with Santa Claus drinking coke..someone should re-do it with ‘death’ handing out the bottles of coke. And “I’d like to give the world a coke..” redone with a field of enormously fat people.
As for GMO – we can imagine the results in a few years But the real result of Monsanto’s efforts to control all seed will be fewer consumer choices for food and that is not hard to picture at all.
The good news is that these issues are not going away and there will be other chances to win. 30 states currently have organizing campaigns to require labeling of gmo’s. Everyone can vote with their purse and their fork, 365 days a year. This link has information on the companies that are anti-disclosure and pro-deceiving their customers.
As for the soda tax, it’s not rocket science and it is not even pioneering,
“As of July 2011, 35 states had taxes on sodas sold in food stores, and 40 taxed sodas in vending machines, according to the AMA Council on Science and Public Health report on taxing beverages with added sweeteners.” The sugar pushers claim any taxes like this are discriminatory. Not so, there is plenty of evidence of the impact of too much sugar in one’s diet and there is plenty of evidence of the role of this beverage industry in pushing the larger portions and eliminating the smaller portions all in the name of greed. It’s time for some corporate responsibility. You pushed the bigger sizes and now 17% of Americans are way too big. The cost of chronic disease caused by obesity is sky-rocketing. Pay your fair share sugar pushers.
From Citypaper.net (Philadelphia)
“From corn syrup to Coke to coronaries, the best way to disable this horrific system is not to hurt the victims, but to punish the perpetrators. To take away the pushers’ profit.
And that’s what makes Philly’s tax unique. This is not your typical sin tax, where consumers pay a fee at checkout. Instead Nutter will tax the sellers of sugary drinks. Retailers will be charged 2 cents an ounce, based on how much they buy from suppliers. A 20-ounce Coke will cost retailers 40 cents more.
With the dealer being taxed, it’s the dealer’s choice. They could raise everything in the store, raise only the price of sugary drinks, or do something in between. And while it’s conceivable that some merchants won’t charge their customers more for sugary soda, one thing is certain: The city will still recover the cost of this harm, ounce by ounce. Whatever the retailer chooses, the taxpayer wins.
As for the sugar drinkers themselves, they’re free to choose a store where corn syrup Coke is cheaper, or switch to Diet Coke, which won’t be taxed. They could even buy a diet soda and add sugar themselves. Says so in the law. “