Dispatches from the Codex Commission #5
Natural Solutions Foundation, Public Observer
Dispatches from Codex Commission Meeting
Dispatch No. 5 – 01 July 2008
Protecting Your Family from Codex Deprivations: GMOs Being Forced on the World!
If you are not eating organic food, you are letting those who are degrading your food and your health win. Codex is rigged. The science is rigged and the outcome is rigged. It takes strong, sustained and courageous countries to turn that process around. But some of the most outspoken countries in our informal Coalition of Health Conscious Nations are not here; in one case, WHO funding was â€œpulledâ€ at the last moment.
Despite the Precautionary Principle (if something has not been proven safe, you cannot use it), supposedly a driving principle in Codex and despite the strong science disproving the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), today the Codex Chair rammed through approval of all genetically modified plants for food use. Noting that genetically modified animals had already been approved as safe for food use, so that there was no reason to dispute the safety of plants [Logic alert!!!!], no dispute was permitted. Thatâ€™s how â€œdemocracyâ€ works at Codex.
Science prostituted once again. And health violated.
The day was replete, as is every Codex meeting, with such examples.
For example, beta agonist growth enhancers in pigs: The first and second largest pig meat producers in the world, China and EU, strongly oppose this drug but US wants it because it fattens pigs faster. Plan was to adopt it as a global standard. Chinaâ€™s objection was discounted because China did not attend the last Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs recently held in the US. Of course, as China pointed out, its delegates were not granted visas to attend. This was the same trick that was used to make sure that the strong opponent of unlabeled genetically modified foods from Uganda when Canada prevented him from attending the recent food labeling committee by refusing to grant his visa. This is a frequent gambit at Codex.
China persevered and opposed, along with the EU and many other countries, approval of the veterinary drug Ractopamine which is illegal in most of the world. It shifts nutrients to muscles so animals fatten up quickly and bring more at market. Of course, it is dangerous for consumers since beta agonists cause cardiovascular, pancreatic and lung changes which could be very dangerous in people who eat the drug (or its by products) by eating the â€“unlabeled â€“ drug-treated pig meat.
The US and the usual gang of suspects, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, etc., supported the use of this dangerous drug even though it is banned in 80% of the worldâ€™s countries. US meat is, in fact, regarded so poorly that riots are taking place even as I write this in South Korea because the government there has decided to resume importation of US beef!
US food is known all over the world as Killer Food b those in the know. But, laced as it is with chemicals and produced as it is ever more cheaply, this deadly material is, as the Indian Minister for Food Production Industries shouted from about 6 inches from my face, â€œKilling America and now they want to export it to kill usâ€. American food is what world food will become when Codex goes into world effect. And the obesity and fatigue and mind numbness that many Americans experience will be the FDAâ€™s gift to the world.
So what can we do â€“ what MUST we do? Take control of our health by taking control of our food.
I promise you that if we do not, individually and collectively, take the following steps, our food WILL kill us. It is already doing that and we must stop it.
Step 1. Eat clean food, no matter how convenient prepared food seems. It is very inconvenient to get sick and die.
a. Switch your budget priorities to organic food. Skimp on something else.
b. Grow whatever you can in window boxes or in your garden
c. Get together with neighbors and grow food in vacant spaces or someoneâ€™s yard. You would be amazed how much food you can grow using intensive Biodynamic farming principles. Look them up on the internet. Weâ€™ll also be making Biodynamic information available, through our Valley of the Moon demonstration project*. Grow organic, of course!
d. Find local farmers who do not use chemicals and buy from them. Becoming a â€œLocovoreâ€ (eating locally grown foods) is a growing movement
e. Trade services for organic food with people who produce it! Barter may be better than dollars.
f. Create an organic Food Coop to get good food cheaply!
Step 2. Consider your budget very, very carefully and commit NOW to a regular, recurring donation to the Natural Solutions Foundation which is the only organization which has the possibility of bringing Codex to heel and reversing its extraordinary danger to your life and your health. Natural Solutions Foundation has the relationships necessary to bring delegates to these important meetings under our own sponsorship — 5, 10 or 15 delegates, primed and ready to stand their ground can take Codex over. The only thing keeping us from doing that is money. Itâ€™s that simple. Our forming Coalition of Health Conscious Nations is a coalition of developing nations that need our help if they are to attend meetings and assert our common interests.
We need to have the money to make that move and without your donations, even small ones, on a regular basis, there is no possibility whatsoever of doing that. And whatever you can give will help. Large donations will help. Small donations will help. Doing nothing will accomplish nothing. And I firmly believe, enough, in fact, to close my medical practice and devote my life, my husbandâ€™s life and the nearly full time and energy of Ralph Fucetola and Kathy Greene, to the work that we are doing here. Can a couple of couples make a difference? You bet we canâ€¦ with your financial help!
Look, how important is our health? How much is it worth to you?
Here is the link that you need to use to make your tax deductible donation. http://drrimatruthreports.com/index.php?page_id=189
Donâ€™t give more than you can afford to, but donâ€™t give less than you can afford to, either. Your life depends on it.
How ironic that while the Natural Solutions Foundation has created the International Decade of Nutrition to reclaim food production â€“ and is creating the Valley of the Moon Eco Community with a BeyondOrganic â„¢ Farm and Farm School*, food is being degraded to a point which will soon, with the destruction of the genetic material of the food supply, be damaged beyond repair if we do not seize the day.
There is no one else who will do this for you. Itâ€™s up to you.
Yours in health and freedom,
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Natural Solutions Foundation
PS â€“ as I write this from the Codex meeting the delegates are getting ready to vote for next yearâ€™s chairâ€¦ it will be the United States. More about that in the next Dispatch from Codex.
* To learn more about this extraordinary community development in the beautiful, bountiful, temperate highlands of Chiriqui Province, Panama, please go to www.naturalsolutionsfoundation.org and click on the Community Index link. We invite your participationâ€¦ we also need a couple Angels to make this dream a reality. Are you an Angel?