What is Codex Alimentarius?
Below is information taken from the website of The Alliance for Natural Health who are in the forefront battling Codex,
What is Codex Alimentarius?
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, Latin for 'food code', is an inter-governmental body that sets guidelines and standards to ensure ‘fair trade practices’ and consumer protection in relation to the global trade of food. Established in 1963, it has over 170 member countries within the framework of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Its primary stated purpose is “protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade.” The Commission also promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations (INGO’s).
The Codex Alimentarius Commission is responsible for establishing a system of guidelines, standards and recommendations that guides the direction of the global food supply: the amounts of pesticide residues or particular micro-organisms that are considered safe, the amount of gluten allowed in gluten-free foods, transport and storage systems for fresh fruit and vegetables or the safety of food additives or genetically modified (GM) crops.
The Commission tell us what is safe, but in the process often uses criteria that are manipulated to support the interests of the world’s largest corporations. One must also ask what is the criteria on how governments in Codex are protecting health, what is the criteria based on? What is meant by ‘Fair Trade’ As we know it the Fair Trade movement supports farmers and producers in developing countries, they promote sustainability. In reality Codex have guidelines and standards that are advantageous for the largest global food producers and suppliers and not the small producers and suppliers.
How Codex impacts our ability to manage our health naturally
Genetically Modified (GM) Food
Led by USA and Canada and in GM interests they argue that the worlds food requirements cannot be met without GM produce. GM foods are being given the ‘all clear’ regarding safety, Terminator seeds could be approved for international trade. GM food animals are on the horizon
In the interest of large food producers the standards of organic foods will nose dive. ‘Processing aids’ and synthetic chemical additives will be approved. There will be no outright ban on the use of irradiation in post-production. Labelling will allow the use of hidden non-organic ingredients. Large-scale, high-input agriculture is promoted along with international freight.
300 different food additives (mainly synthetic) will be approved and deemed safe eg aspartame, BHA, BHT, tartrazine etc. Long term exposure to these additives and the combination of the different additives with regard to health risks have not been considered.
3,275 different pesticide residues including suspected carcinogens and endocrine disruptors eg 2,4-D, atrazine,methyl bromide will be allowed and once again no consideration is given to the long term health effects of exposure to the individual pesticide residue and its combined effects with other pesticide residues.
Very low maximum daily doses for supplements will be set – therapeutically they will do next to nothing. An international borderline between food and drugs for nutrients will force therapeutic nutrients into the drug category. To substantiate health claims for these nutrients now classed as drugs will require clinical trials to verify health claims. For the small company this will be way too expensive which will allow large corporations to rule the roost and the smaller independents will be pushed out of the picture.
What can YOU do to influence Codex?
The Alliance for Natural Health state….
The short answer is that it’s extremely difficult to influence Codex. It's even harder if you're in Europe, as European Member States don't just act individually, they are also 'spoken for' by the European Commission which acts on behalf of the EU trading bloc. So even if you get the ear of the bureaucrats within your Member State delegation, this delegation is just one of 27 in the EU that is largely represented by a single European Commission bureaucrat. This is one of the reasons that it’s so important for concerned individuals in the EU to have an aligned view on what the problems are so that maximum influence in relation to the same key issues can be applied both to Member States Governments and the European Commission.
We would go one step further and argue that the difficulty in influencing Codex is likely to be the result of deliberately engineered decision-making process that prevents or at least greatly complicates individuals’ capacity to exert their democratic right.
One of the key requisites in having influence is to ensure that complaints about Codex are both accurate, and can be substantiated. There are many examples to show that misinformation on Codex has acted as a smoke screen to conceal genuine complaints, and this enables politicians and bureaucrats to have a reason to reject people's concerns. Too often, we’ve had feedback from members of the public telling us that when they have approached their elective representative with their concerns they've been told that their facts are wrong and that they have misunderstood the problems so there is nothing that can, or need, be done.
Bearing this in mind we have the following advice:
1) Inform yourself about Codex using reliable sources such us documentation available from the official Codex website and The Alliance for Natural Health. Inaccurate information or disinformation can be more damaging to the cause than no information
2) Focus on the following issues
3) Communicate these concerns (above) to as many of your contacts as possible both within, and outside your country
4) Write to and/or meet with your elected representative and ensure s/he works on your behalf to influence your government
5) Where possible work to influence representatives from the Codex delegation, their names and addresses being publicly available in the annual reports of individual Codex Committee meetings
6) Work to influence national laws such as those on GMO’s, food additives, food safety, pesticide residues, organic farming, food supplements and health claims that are likely to influence the development of Codex guidelines and standards.
In essence, some of the most influential laws are derived form the EU, the USA and Canada.
This is therefore a call to citizens and food producers and suppliers from these three countries to engage with the law making system to the maximum possible extent in the genuine interest of public health.
The Key Actions Recommended by ANH In addition to the actions of the individual (above), actions on Codex can be divided into three main groups:
Below are 3 video of Dr. Robert Verkerk explaining Codex Alimentarius