The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.
Justice William J. Brennan, 1982
During Catherine's writing Our Chemical Lives And the Hijacking of Our DNA, she did some soul searching about the seriousness and probable long-range implications of what she was finding through research; the ubiquitous presence of - and consumers constant exposure to - toxins discussed in her book; and, that consumers need relief. Undoubtedly, she feels some consumer action needs to be taken. She came to the realization that we need a Consumers Toxin-free Bill of Rights.
The more she thought about it, the more she realized it ought to be a Rights document that denounces and requires the elimination of corporate "trade secrets" that protect chemicals and toxins in food at any stage of growth, processing or production - either domestic or imported - from field to store shelves.
Also, that it would ensure the immediate elimination of all toxins in cosmetics and personal care products, clothing and other apparel, and domestics that impact our health and environment.
The Consumers Toxin-free Bill of Rights needs to be similar to the original Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution that protected and guaranteed specific rights. Furthermore, it would define
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more healthy environment with toxin-free food and consumer goods have the right to:
Consumers Toxin-free Bill of Rights
The U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights emphasizes, the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people, which also include the right to know all toxins in food, consumer goods, and services along with the right to protect themselves and their health from adverse side effects.
Article I Consumer Rights
Consumers have intellectual and ethical needs - called human rights - part of which include knowing how to safeguard their health from toxic substances in food, products, and services that impact the quality of their health and lives.
Consumers need to know that ALL ingredients and chemicals are listed on product identification labels manufactured within the USA and imported into the country. Business and industry "trade secrets" can no longer take preference over or supercede consumers' rights to make intelligent choices about toxic chemicals they eat, drink, breathe, wear, sleep in, place on their skin, or interact with in products and services.
Article II Consumers Right to Know All Chemical Constituents in Products and Services
Consumers basic right to maintain healthy lives and lifestyles supercedes all business and industry self regulations, which allow for trade secrets that impact consumers' health due to lack of consumers' informed consent. Consumers have the right to compensatory damages. All products and services must inform consumers of the risks involved.
All synthesized chemical and toxic ingredients from any source must be listed on product labels and for all services performed that utilize manufactured products.
Article III Establish Consumers Interaction Watchdog Committees
Consumers and their basic rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - particularly those affecting any aspects of human health - need to be represented and interfaced through "Watchdog Committees" within
Consumer Watchdog Committees members should be solicited from "green" organizations whose memberships support healthier lifestyles, not harmful toxic substances.
If you agree that there should be a Consumers Toxin-free Bill of Rights, please sign our petition to government officials.