Today is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day! This important occasion was established last year to recognize the brave contributions of whistleblowers to combat waste, fraud, abuse and violations of laws. Every worker along the food supply chain is a potential witness to wrongdoing, and the Food Integrity Campaign aims to ensure these individuals have adequate rights and know how to use them.
FIC Director Amanda Hitt will be speaking on a panel about the gap in current whistleblower protection legislation against criminal retaliation. It shouldn’t be a crime to report a crime, but many truth-tellers face the threat of prosecution as retaliatory managers find news methods of retribution. Amanda will be discussing the problematic Ag Gag bills sweeping the nation that are designed to silence agriculture whistleblowers. Here are the panel details:
Whistleblowers have risked their livelihoods for the sake of food safety, animal welfare, the environment, worker rights, and transparency. Here’s a short list of food whistleblowers for whom we should be thankful!
Each one of these individuals took a big risk simply by speaking the truth. Ideally, such an action would not result in a transfer or a firing or any form of retaliation, but challenges remain as we continue the effort to build a culture that rewards, rather than penalizes, truth-telling. Join the movement!
Sarah Damian is Communications Manager for the Food Integrity Campaign.