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I was recently informed by a former California public health employee, that CalPERS, the state's pension and health care fund, the largest in the nation, has invested $136 million in Monsanto.
As a California activist committed to healthy communities, I see this investment as a huge conflict of interest. For its health plan subscribers, the CalPERS mission to “advance the financial and health security” of the participants does not align with the detrimental effects of the toxic herbicide Roundup, Monsanto’s number-one product.
The day after finding out about this ill-advised investment, I sent a letter to CalPERS urging it to divest from Monsanto. They have not responded.
Concerned Californians should be outraged by this investment by CalPERS in Monsanto and the harm that inevitably impacts the very retirees CalPERS is responsible to protect.
March Against Monsanto in Akron, Ohio (April 8, 2011).
Photo Credit: Bill Baker/Flickr
Sample letter written by Kat Furey of the CA State Guild, MAA supporter.
You may cut and paste to send or write your own. They ARE tracking calls and emails.
"CalPERS builds retirement and health security for California state, school, and public agency members. We manage the largest public pension fund in the US."
the case that MONSANTO IS DOING BAD BUSINESS FOR HUGE