According to Wikipedia “The Codex Alimentarius (Latin for “food code” or “food book”) is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety under the aegis of consumer protection. These texts are developed and maintained by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a body that was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Commission’s main aims are stated as being to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the international food trade. The Codex Alimentarius is recognized by the World Trade Organization as an international reference point for the resolution of disputes concerning food safety and consumer protection.” Doesn’t this sound great? “Food safety, consumer protection, fair trade…” And look who is behind this reference work: respectable institutions like WHO, UN, WTO! Where can I sign to support this honorable 40 plus year project?
Who is the driving force behind this Codex? In fact, Codex is a playground for multi-national corporations interested in food and health defined by their standards. The five constituents that benefit from Codex are Big Pharma, Big Bio-Techna, Big-Chema, Big Medica, and Big Agra biz.
Here is the story told by Rima E. Laibow, M.D. She is a graduate of Albert Einstein College. In 2004 she left her successful medical practice to battle Codex Alimentarius and educate the public about this enormous health threat: The Codex is a pharmaceutical initiative that stems from the German death camps. Its history is quite interesting. The system employed in the German death camps was created and implemented by I. G. Farben (Interessen-Gemeinschaft Farbenindustrie, also called I.G. Farbenfabriken). I. G. Farben was a German conglomerate of companies during World War II, the great Nazi combine that included pharmaceuticals, chemicals, munitions, mining and other heavy industries all combined under a single directorship.
The over-manager of I. G. Farben, Fritz ter Meer, and twenty-six other I. G. Farben employees were deeply involved in what the Germans called “the killing of useless eaters” or people who had lives not worth living. They provided the chemicals that were injected into the hearts of death camp prisoners, as well as having manufactured the gas, Zyklon B, used to kill them.
After World War II, they were incarcerated for four years by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. While imprisoned, Fritz ter Meer hypothesized that food was the answer to gaining world power. He concluded that “he who controls food, can control the world.” With the help of Nelson Rockefeller, Fritz ter Meer’s former business partner and US Undersecretary of State after the war, all convicted IG Farben managers were released from prison already in 1952 and reassumed positions in the highest levels of German industry. Fritz ter Meer later became the head of Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and he called together the executives of former I. G. Farben, suggesting a letter to urge the United Nations take over the regulation of world food. Fifteen years after they were convicted in the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, this actually happened. In 1962, the Codex Alimentarius Commission was formed. In 1963, as a result of this, standards and guidelines began to be promulgated for everything that goes into your mouth: milk, food, oil, nuts, water, vitamins, or minerals. If it goes into your mouth, then there is a standard for it.
Please do not misunderstand me. I am all for standardization, as long as diversity is guaranteed. What might be a good standard in one community, country, etc may not be valid or turns out to be counterproductive in another. Furthermore, I am all for safety for whatever we put into our mouths as long as it is proven save by either long term use or sound scientific studies.
This is obviously not the case with Codex: it allows pesticides, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), irradiation of food, and restricts supplements.
The United States is currently building 200 radiation plants to irradiate every bite of food that we eat. The American food supply is laced with genetically modified foods. In July of 2007, the Codex committee on pesticides brought back seven of the nine deadliest known pesticides in the world because this sells more for the pesticide companies.
The damage that these altered foods do to us and the environment is disastrous. Codex is not interested in our wellbeing or sustainability.
If Codex’s first mandate is health, then why does it pass these disastrous guidelines? For instance, all cows used for dairy must be treated with Monsanto bovine growth hormone. Why? Because the basic thrust is that as many people as possible must be sick, have no access to natural remedies (another Codex activity) and have only pharmaceutical options available to them as they suffer and die from these degenerative diseases.
Codex is about degrading the world food supply so that people become ill and must support the illness-care industry. The illness-care industry profits from the sickness of people who eat degraded food. Spend some time in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or other stores that only sell canned and dry goods and watch the customers. The vast majority of these people are grossly overweight, or they limp, or have a sick complexion. Why? All the foods in stores like these are dead, void of nutrients that support health, contain too much sugar, salt, aspartame, chemicals. However, exactly these foods are promoted by Codex.
FDA research and other research have consistently shown that if consumers know that food is genetically modified or irradiated then they will reject it. The FDA feels that this is an error, so therefore in order to prevent the consumer from making the wrong choice, the FDA believes that truthful labeling would be false and misleading. Whom is the FDA really protecting?
Beware of institutions who claim that they want to protect you. We can take charge of our health. Instead of trying to protect us these institutions would be more respectable if we could rely on them for information on alteration and processing of food.
The Codex has to disappear in the present form. It is a deliberate attempt of a group of people with their own interests in mind to take away our freedom to healthy living. For more information on how to support the efforts to stop the Codex go to: www.healthfreedomusa.org.
Before somebody is accusing me of plagiarism, I freely confess that I put this article together using the following sources. Some sentences are cut and pasted. I apologize if I have offended somebody by doing this, but those sentences that I cut and pasted I could not have said better.
Peter Hinderberger, M.D., Ph.D., DIHom practices at Ruscombe. The mission of his practice is to promote optimal wellbeing by providing health care through an integrated approach, combining conventional and complementary therapies, which include Anthroposophic medicine, homeopathy, and salutogenesis.