Beware the CODEX Trap!

The right to safe, clean, additive-free, pesticide-free, Non-GMO, non-irradiated, nutritious food and water is one of the most basic of all human rights, and yet as we speak, this right is being stolen from beneath our noses through the CODEX RULES, which are enforceable through provisions  contained in the WTO and the so-called "free-trade" agreements.

Because of the massive amounts of disinformation surrounding this entire issue we have gathered together below excerpts of statements and articles written by Congressmen, researchers, investigative journalists and medical doctors which together describe the potential scope and reach of Codex.

In addition, we include a page on Cafta as it relates to supplements, which we believe reveals some of the duplicity that was involved in getting CAFTA rammed through Congress. We also urge you to seriously consider the ways in which the various supplement trade associations, headed up by the well-known NNFA and the CRN, only contribute to the duplicity.

The FTAA, or Free Trade Agreement of the Americas is the end goal for the economic unification of the Americas, but it is currently stalled in no small part due to the efforts of countless citizens who have worked to help STOP the FTAA !

One "interim" goal of unification of the Americas is the little known effort toward legalizing a military and economic "partnership"between Canada, Mexico and the United States through what is known as the North American Union and SPP or Security and Prosperity Program, with ramifications that go beyond preserving our right to choose healthy foods and natural remedies. Please investigate as soon as you possibly can beginning with the exellent, and short 4 part expose titled NAU: Fact or Fiction? Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3, and Part 4. Then work to help others become aware of this on-going process, by using appropriate "action items" provided by groups like this one.

Currently, the "FAST" program for Free And Secure Trade is operating. According to its webpage, it is "designed to ensure security and safety while enhancing the economic prosperity of each country. In developing this program, Mexico, Canada and the United States have agreed to coordinate, to the maximum extent possible, their commercial processes for clearance of commercial shipments at the border." Be sure to check the main page of the promoters of FAST for a glimpse into how it connects to NAFTA and other trade agreements and issues.

An understanding of Codex will provide insight into the problems associated with these various "harmonization and unification":

"Codex alimentarius is an international code of food standards developed by a commission under the United Nations through the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This international code of food standards attempts [among other things] to impose very strict rules restricting all countries including the USA from access to information on health choices and the right to obtain high-potency vitamins [and other supplements] without a prescription. .  . [the health benefits of which have been thoroughly documented in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.]

The Commission that created this code consists of appointed (not elected) members from each participating country. Consequently they do not represent consumer interests. The majority of these members are representatives from multinational pharmaceutical corporations that would benefit financially if the Codex is accepted". (Quoted from Life Extension Magazine, April 2002, pp32)

The proposed rules under Codex seek, in a series of steps, to "regulate everything from farm to fork" throughout the world. Let me repeat: according to its own language Codex seeks to "REGULATE EVERYTHING FROM FARM TO FORK." 

Furthermore, and according to the letter posted below: "'The WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA and FTAA trade agreements all contain the SPS (Sanitary Phytosanitary Measures) agreement. Article 3 of SPS states: 'To harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary measures on as wide a basis as possible, members SHALL base their food safety measures on international standards, guidelines or recommendations.' This makes the supposedly voluntary Codex Alimentarius standard for vitamins and minerals [and food] MANDATORY for all WTO member nations.'"

Using past actions by the Codex Commission as a predictor, this essentially means that virtually all agricultural commodities, including livestock and fish, could eventually be genetically modified and patented to the extent possible; levels of hormones and pesticides will be increased rather than decreased; all meat and most foods will be irradiated at increasing levels; and our access to natural health remedies and supplements will be severely reduced, limited and costly. 

Access to natural health remedies, including but not limited to supplements, are first on the list of "rule changes." Further and because of  U.S. membership in the WTO, the hard won DSHEA of 1996 (made possible only after the most massive citizen outcry
in U.S. history resulting from FDA attempts to restrict access to supplements) will NOT protect U.S. citizens.

Part of the reason for this is that the WTO has explicit authority under international law to decide which local and national laws are in violation of its trade rules.  This authority is how the European Union will ultimately be forced to accept -
despite massive citizen opposition - genetically modified foods and hormone-laden beef from other countries including the U.S.

Here is one official statement on "harmonization"from the Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition of the FDA :  
" The harmonization of laws, regulations and standards between and among trading partners requires intense, complex, time-consuming negotiations by CFSAN officials. Harmonization must simultaneously facilitate international trade and promote mutual understanding, while protecting national interests and establish a basis to resolve food issues on sound scientific evidence in an objective atmosphere. Failure to reach a consistent, harmonized set of laws, regulations and standards within the freetrade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreements can result in considerable economic repercussions." Read more

We have collected and posted below Codex opinions and one Congressman's explanation of the true impact of the WTO, plus a sample letter to Congressmen which also explains the relationship and companion role of other trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA.

Here are excerpts from an excellent, but long, article titled The Fate of Vitamins by investigative journalist Peter Byrne.

There are so many self-interested players in the "L'affair Codex," that it is nearly impossible to get a straight answer about what it all means from any single participant. It is possible to piece together the basic story from public records, and by listening to what the various interest groups have to say (with several tons of heavily iodized salt). The bottom line of the story is that the emerging Codex regulations on vitamins and mineral supplements have almost nothing to do with promoting human health, and everything to do with facilitating the profits of multinational food and chemical corporations. . .

From the point of view of the American health consumer, there are five major players: the Codex Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the USDA and the FDA. All of these institutions are involved in formulating rules and regulations to govern the production and distribution of food supplements. It is easy to conflate their separate, but related, institutional efforts. The fate of food supplements is not dependent upon any one of these institutions, but upon how they interact as a whole. The five organizations are working syncretically to transform the supplements market, not in favor of the consumer, but in favor of certain multinational corporations that stand to benefit from the resulting restriction of trade under the guise of promoting "free trade."

. . .Codex was created in 1962 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) to "harmonize" world food trade [and its stated goal is to “regulate everything from farm to fork.”] The several hundred regular "participants" at Codex meetings are drawn from the ranks of government regulatory agencies; food, chemical, and pharmaceutical corporations; industry trade groups; and non-profit "watchdogs" with various political agendas. To date, Codex has established 250 sets of rules regarding the manufacture and distribution of a variety of foods, from sardines to peanuts to pineapples, and including food additives and infant formula. (It is illuminating to learn that Codex has approved the use of cyclamates and saccharine—artificial sweeteners long banned in the U.S. as health risks—as well as Monsanto's aspartame.) . .  .

. . . It is instructive at this point to take a look at the American participants at the Codex Commission, i.e. public and private sector agencies, corporations, and organizations that actively participate in the commission's deliberations and wield considerable influence upon issues in which they are acknowledged to be "expert." Staff from the USDA and the FDA represent the official position of the United States at Codex meetings. They are deeply involved in setting global standards, as are the staffs of food and drug regulatory agencies in most industrialized countries. . .

 . . . From the corporate sector, official Codex participants include Amway Corp., Wyeth Pharmaceutical Co., DSM Nutritional Products, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Bristol Myers Squibb Co., Nestle USA, Herbalife International, and a trade group called the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). The latter's Web site features a "Myth vs. Facts" on Codex, which, to be blunt, is a self-serving spin that underplays the negative ramifications of the guidelines on mom & pop supplement businesses. CRN's membership includes Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargill Health & Food Technologies, Bayer Corp., Wyeth Consumer Health, Weider Nutrition International Inc., Shaklee Corp., Nutraceutical Corp., Herbalife International of America, Kemin Foods, General Nutrition Centers, Inc., Cadbury Adams USA LLC, DSM Nutritional Products, Eastman Chemical Company, Mingtai Chemical LLC, and Monsanto Life Sciences Company . . .

The Codex restrictions ensure that the quantity and quality of supplements that can be imported by the European market from
America will diminish. But in the U.S. there is a government-corporate propaganda campaign dedicated to assuring American consumers and small supplement producers that they are in no danger of ending up like their European counterparts. [Meanwhile] Large companies such as Herbalife International say that anyone who suggests that Americans will lose access to supplements is plying "misinformation."

Run by and for the interests of large industrial and financial enterprises, the WTO views "harmonization" of food standards as promoting "free trade." Unfortunately, free trade as conceptualized and actualized by the dominant WTO members (United States, European Union, Japan) is not about leveling the playing field so that small producers or underdeveloped countries can compete with the big guys. It is about ensuring that the most powerful corporations can continue to grow, eating up the small fish and expanding into new markets in both industrialized and industrializing economies. It is about maximizing the extraction of profit for stock-holders, as opposed to maximizing the health or economic well-being of a population.

The ultimate irony, some might say horror, of the situation is highlighted by looking at a joint report by the FAO/WHO issued in 2003, Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Disease. This impeccably researched, enormously valuable study—performed by other arms of the same organizations that administer Codex—finds that the health of Third World populations is being destroyed by importing the First World diet . . . This unhealthy diet, says the FAO/WHO, is spreading around the globe "like an infectious disease."

. . . . Of course, the WTO is not about to base trade rules on health issues. Rather, with the assistance of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Third World markets are being inundated with fast and processed foodstuffs, even as their trade balances are undermined by the importation of meat, dairy, sugar and refined grain. In short, the natural economies serving billions of people are being turned to dust by transnational agribusiness, which, in taking over local food industries and promoting bad diet, cause the need for vitamin and mineral supplements to increase at the very moment that the population's ability to access natural pharmacopeias is being curtailed by Codex's profit-maximization scheme. The rise of diet-related chronic disease is good business for biotech corporations such as Cargill that sell food and food ingredients while positioning themselves to market cancer cures, cardiovascular drugs, and dietary food supplements.

In the following article titled "Does the WTO Serve Our Interests?", Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul
explains the impact and role of the WTO in all this:

May 16,  2005 

Last week I had an opportunity to present the case against US membership in the World Trade Organization at a seminar in Washington.  Later this summer Congress will have a similar opportunity to raise objections about the WTO when several colleagues and I bring a resolution to the House floor seeking the wholesale withdrawal of the US from the organization.

The World Trade Organization by its own admission is not just about trade. According to the WTO website, liberalizing trade actually takes a back seat to its more activist ambitions, such as “development”-- a euphemism for wealth-transfers from rich nations to poor nations.  Likewise, their own website promises that, “In the WTO, commercial interests do not take priority over environmental protection.”  In 1994 the WTO created the Trade and Environment Committee to bring “environmental and sustainable development issues into the mainstream of WTO work.” What does this mean?  It would not take much imagination to tie any environmental issue to trade and thus invite WTO meddling. [Very interesting aside and according to Lori Wallach in her book Whose Trade Organization? the WTO has ruled against every environmental law it has reviewed.]

What about the Kyoto Accords, the international agreement that aims to solve the supposed problem of global warming? Clearly the Kyoto Accords, to which the United States has not agreed, will affect world trade. Will this be an open door for the WTO to act as enforcer toward the United States and other countries that refuse to sign Kyoto? Two leading UN observers, Henry Lamb of Sovereignty International and Cathie Adams of Texas Eagle Forum, have reported that the WTO is widely recognized as the enforcement tool of choice for the Kyoto treaty.

Even Newt Gingrich, a supporter of American membership in the WTO, recognized in 1994 that far more than trade rules were at stake: 

I am just saying that we need to be honest about the fact that we are transferring from the United States at a practical level significant authority to a new organization. This is a transformational moment. I would feel better if the people who favor this would just be honest about the scale of change.... This is not just another trade agreement. This is adopting something which twice, once in the 1940s and once in the 1950s, the U.S. Congress rejected. I am not even saying that we should reject it; I, in fact, lean toward it. But I think we have to be very careful, because it is a very big transfer of power.

In reality, the WTO is the third leg of the globalists’ plan for a one-world, centrally-managed economic system. The intention behind the creation of the WTO was to have a third institution to handle the trade side of international economic cooperation, joining two institutions created by Bretton Woods, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. For the United States to give up any bit of its sovereignty to these unelected and unaccountable organizations is economic suicide. International organizations can never “manage” trade better than it naturally occurs in a true free market of goods and services. At best, WTO acts as a meddling middleman, taking a cut for unnecessary services provided. At worst, it forces the United States to change its domestic laws in ways that seriously harm our economy and our sovereignty.

Economist Murray Rothbard said it best: You don’t need a treaty to have free trade.  Governments and quasi-government bodies like the WTO can only politicize and interfere with the natural flow of goods and services across borders.  When we cede even a fraction of our sovereignty to an organization like the WTO, we can hardly hope to become more prosperous or more free.

(by Texas Congressman Ron Paul)


Other trade agreements also play a roll in enforcing Codex rules and regulations. A sample letter to legislators
provides the details:
"The WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA and FTAA trade agreements all contain the SPS (Sanitary Phytosanitary Measures) agreement. Article 3 of SPS states:"To harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary measures on as wide a basis as possible, Members SHALL base their food safety measures on international standards, guidelines or recommendations."

This makes the supposedly voluntary Codex Alimentarius standard for both food and supplements MANDATORY for all WTO member nations.

Passage of CAFTA and FTAA would broaden and deepen the scope of the SPS agreement, forcing harmonization of not only our dietary supplement laws to mindless international standards, but it would lead to the creation of a supranational body similar to the EU in our hemisphere, and we oppose this clear threat to US sovereignty.

When the draft text of CAFTA was first made available on January 28th, 2004 the Governors of all 50 States discovered that they were bound by the 2,400 page agreement- being specifically listed in chapter 9. A third have since rescinded their support of CAFTA.

Last fall, a WTO tribunal outlawed Utah's ban on gambling, opening the door to millions of dollars in penalties against all states with anti-gambling restrictions. Antigua had charged that Utah's ban on gambling violated America's obligation not to discriminate against foreigners providing recreational services.

CAFTA includes hundreds of pages of grants of vague authority to foreign tribunals. It wouldn't take long for an activist foreign judge to read his own interpretation into language such as the SPS agreement and force changes to US laws including the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.

In addition to these concerns, NAFTA never lived up to the numerous promises made about it, and our Trade Deficit is worse now than ever, contributing to the weakening of the dollar. There is no reason to expect CAFTA or FTAA do anything more than to FURTHER this negative trend, and lead to the destruction of our nation, and our economy.

WTO tribunals have ruled against the USA in 42 out of 48 cases, many of which were very costly to our economy. Since joining the advent of NAFTA, our trade deficit has ballooned to $617 Billion. CAFTA continues this failed policy, threatening to destroy our country. I therefore ask you to vote NO on CAFTA and on FTAA.


TO FIND WAYS TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

http://www.house.gov/

"Understanding Codex" article by health freedom activist Tim Bolen published February 20, 2005 which states in part:

From my research, and it has only begun, and the research and observations of others whose opinions I respect, I've reached some tentative conclusions and, using the scientific method, have come up with a working hypothesis, and some possibilities for solution. I'm going to share my thinking, and observations, with you.

(1)  The "Codex" issue is NOT about stopping supplements worldwide.  It is about Big Pharma TAKING OVER, and completely controlling the supplement industry.
(2)  The "Codex" issue is NOT a "by itself" issue.  It is simply a symptom, and a manifestation, of a much larger problem.  What's happening on Planet Earth is that multinational corporations, now, are so large that they, in their daily business dealings, are much larger, and certainly more powerful than MOST of Earth's nations.  Those multinational corporations have set up the World Trade Organization (WTO) as the new world government, completely under their control.
(3)  The multinational corporations, through the WTO, have set up the situation where THEY are challenging both the idea of DEMOCRACY (people governing themselves) and the power of governments to control world policy.
(4)  The multinational corporations, through the WTO, have set up the situation where THEY are intentionally attempting to destroy the North American economy - and that of ALL of the United States' historical allies.
(5)  Big Pharma, knowing it is "going down," because of its murderous avariciousness, is attempting to move its PEOPLE into new positions.  One of those places is "the supplement industry.."
(6)  Big Pharma, knowing it is "going down," is funding its next attempt at world domination (yes, that's what this is about) in the United States - with its DRUG PRICING SCHEMES, and its control, through huge advertising budgets, of the US media.  US citizens pay five times what everyone else pays for drugs - for no good reason.  Big Pharma is doing this, I believe, to destroy American Industry's ability to compete in a world market.

Also this excerpt from an article titled "Who Says . . . And Why Do They Say It?" :

Would some bureaucrat in Washington deliberately mislead anybody? You bet.

Again and again in a variety of contexts, I have heard bureaucrats tell unwary consumers and reporters tall tales filled with half truths. At the end of a meeting in Washington last Fall, a Washington-based attendee slipped me his card and said "If you ever get a straight answer out of these folks let me know."

When I started to catch on to the game myself, I began changing the way I prepared for meetings and the way I asked questions. I hunted for evidence of these meetings and premised my questions accordingly. The results were startling. Bureaucrats knew months, sometimes years ahead, what was going to happen next, and they told me. I knew, for example, over two years ago that the German risk assessment for vitamins and minerals was being built — long before others 'discovered' it in January.

But they do still try to con you even if you know the game. More recently in Europe an EU bureaucrat I was interviewing said, "Of course, it is different for the FDA. They can't regulate food supplements the way we do because of DSHEA."  

"Did someone tell you that?" I replied. "You have been misinformed. DSHEA contains a huge escape clause 'substantial or unreasonable risk of ... ' "  I didn't get to finish my sentence. He did it for me, ' ... of illness or injury.'  "You could drive a whole herd of camels through that language. Do you know any bureaucrat who wouldn't?" I said. A huge grin covered his face like a Cheshire cat smile. I had caught him and he knew it.

Why aren't they telling the truth and the whole truth? Because it is a truth they do not want you to hear.

No one in this game internationally or in Washington wants you to know that the upcoming Codex guideline will circumscribe what Congress does. It's a little game they all play now — decide offshore what to do, write a standard or guideline, tell the elected representatives: find a problem at home, launch a PR campaign, pretend you are writing new legislation to fix the problem.

Indeed, the concept of gamesmanship is now so imbedded in the bureaucratic mind that it is hard to shake out even when half truths won't work. I saw another real life demonstration of this mentality when a consultant told a room full of bureaucrats, "Half truths won't work here. They know what you are doing." The assembled bureaucrats reacted by suggesting that yet another study on how to 'disinform' the public needed to be done. A meeting organizer expressed disappointment that I was there to witness this. "We thought nobody from the press would come. We had buried the notice so deep in our website," he commented.

What are they really doing? Building blocks for global regulations through 'consensus.'

The name of the game here is convergence and harmonization, to build regulations and laws in each country that fit together with those written in other countries and at places like Codex so that trade (with a hugely expanded definition of trade) moves seamlessly. The mantra of the hour is 'approved once, accepted everywhere.'

Can this be overcome? Is it too late? No, not if just the right steps are taken right now. Otherwise, we can all look forward to a harder fight with less chance of success in Washington in the future.