Tuesday 28th October 2008
Protect our right to safe foods and health choice
28th October 2008
The film ‘We Become Silent’ details the ongoing attempts by multinational pharmaceutical and giant food companies to limit the public's access to herbs, vitamins and other therapies.|
Codex Alimentarius (CA) legislation will place massive restrictions on our access to vitamins, minerals and supplements, ensure proliferation of GM ingredients in foods, and sanction many known harmful pesticides and herbicides, such as DDT, and that's just the start of it as access to organic foods and the legality of natural therapies will also be affected.
CA is an extremely comprehensive attack upon our right to safe healthy foods, alternative approaches to our health. These are fundamental freedoms, which on 31st December 2009, will be snatched from our (already limited) control.
In short, we just over a year to compost this rather creepy and deeply covert attempt to severely limit access to health therapies and taint mass produced foods further.....if this goes through, who among us will be adequately self sufficient in terms of food in order to avoid GM and other toxic contaminants by December 2009? How can we disarm this attack on our right to safe food and health choice in the time before (and after) compliance is legally enforced? What actions are people taking internationally? There are huge possibilities for connections with folk who care about the quality of the food they and their families eat, or who choose alternative health approaches, transition towners, community gardeners, permaculture-ists, nutritionists, purveyors of organic / wholefoods, alternative therapists etc......a wildly eclectic alliance....what an interesting prospect!
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* the following are brief excerpts from Dr Rath's health foundation (one of the increasing number of health care professionals highlighting the dangers of CA):
"Who Is Behind The Codex Alimentarius?
Multi-national pharmaceutical groups founded and maintain the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). In many places, the pharmaceutical industry still maintains the image of benevolent humanitarians; however, the real picture of this business is somewhat different:
The pharmaceutical industry differs from most commercial enterprises. If they do their jobs and produce the drugs that will make people well, then they have no customers and ultimately face dissolution. From its inception, the pharmaceutical industry was created as an investment industry. In America, the Rockefeller group, looking for new investment opportunities for the billions it made in the oil industry (Esso Group) promoted the pharmaceutical groups. In Europe, BASF, Bayer and Hoechst combined to create the foundation for the industry.......
With the discovery of vitamins and the deciphering of their chemical structures at the beginning of the last century, natural medicines should have been the clear path to combat most ills of civilization. From the beginning, the strategic aim of the architects of the pharmaceutical industry was to discourage natural remedies by all means necessary."......
.........To achieve this goal the CAC arbitrarily sets worldwide “food standards” for the Word Trade Organization (WTO), which small producers and developing countries find very difficult to meet. While developing countries are thereby excluded from “Free Trade” in the global market by means of often unnecessarily high standards, the pharmaceutical industry uses the CAC as a tool to outlaw all non-patentable natural therapies threatening their global market for patentable synthetic drugs, by simply declaring them illegal or “overdoses”.
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For more see: http://www.anhcampaign.org/campaigns/codex
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