Codex Alimentarius (World Food Code)
Summarized in 7 Points
HealthFreedomUSA.org, the website of the Natural Solutions Foundation, is beholden to no one: our only interest is health freedom. Rima E. Laibow, MD, successful natural medicine physician since the 1970s, has studied 16,000 pages of Codex documentation. Her conclusion is that people who say that Codex is “consumer protection”, “voluntary”, or “harmless” are, at best, seriously mistaken.
Codex in Depth: http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/index.php?page_id=161
1) Started in 1962 by UN, Imposed by WTO Sanctions
Codex Alimentarius was created in 1962 as a trade Commission by the UN to control the international trade of food. Its initial intentions may have been altruistic but it has been taken over by corporate interests, most notably the pharmaceutical, pesticide, biotechnology and chemical industries.
Codex Alimentarius is backed up by the crippling trade sanctions of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Any non Codex-compliant nation would face huge economic punishment since they would automatically lose in any food-trade dispute with a Codex compliant country.
2) “Nutrients are Toxins” Is Junk Science
Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has two committees which impact nutrition.
One of them, the “Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses” (CCNFSDU), is chaired by Dr. Rolf Grossklaus, a physician who believes that nutrition has no role in health. This is the “top-guy” for Codex nutritional policy, and he has stated that “nutrition is not relevant to health”.
As unbelievable as it may sound, Dr. Grossklaus actually declared nutrients to be toxins in 1994 and instituted the use of toxicology (Risk Assessment) to prevent nutrients from having any impact on humans who take supplements! It is worth mentioning that Dr. Grossklaus happens to own the Risk Assessment company advising CCNFSDU and Codex on this issue. This company makes money when its toxicology services are used for the “assessment” of nutrients. Here in the U.S. we call that a “conflict of interest”.
Codex is made up of thousands of standards and guidelines. One of them, the Vitamin and Mineral Guideline (VMG), is designed to permit only ultra low doses of vitamins and minerals (and make clinically effective nutrients illegal). How can the VMG restrict dosages of vitamins and minerals? By using Risk Assessment (toxicology) to assess nutrients.
While Risk Assessment is a legitimate science (it is a branch of toxicology), it is the wrong science for assessing nutrients! In fact, in this context, it is actually junk science. Biochemistry, the science of life processes, is the correct science for assessing nutrients. Codex Alimentarius treats nutrients as toxins, which is literally insane.
Nutrients are not toxins – they are essential for life.
No matter what Codex Alimentarius officials say to convince you that Risk Assessment is a “science-based” approach to nutrients, it is not.
And it is worth repeating that Dr. Grossklaus, the head of Codex Alimentarius, owns the Risk Assessment company advising CCNFSDU and Codex on the “benefit” of using Risk Assessment to assess nutrients.
3) Not Consumer Protection – That’s Propaganda
Contrary to the propaganda, Codex Alimentarius has nothing to do with consumer protection. Nothing! Codex is about the economic ambitions of multi-national corporations, in particular, the pharmaceutical industry.
Using their multi billion-dollar marketing budgets, these industries have launched a massive media propaganda campaign to paint Codex Alimentarius as a benevolent tool of “consumer protection”, as well as to negatively taint the image of natural health options and mislead people to fear them as “dangerous”, so they will take drugs (which really are dangerous). Natural health products and options have an amazing safety record and are remarkably effective, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs.
Unfortunately, one-time defenders of health freedom such as National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) and Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) have joined the propaganda bandwagon and are spreading false information saying that Codex Alimentarius is either “harmless” or benevolent “consumer protection”. Neither is true.
The membership of these one-time defenders of health freedom has become permeated by people from the pharmaceutical industry (for example, CRN counts as its members corporations such as Monsanto® and Bayer®).
4) Codex: Serious Threat to Health and Health Freedom
If Codex Alimentarius is implemented in the United States of America, therapeutic dosages of vitamins and minerals (and all other nutrients soon to follow) will become unavailable because they will literally become illegal.
Here’s how it would work, in a nut-shell:
Due to the junk science use of Risk Assessment (toxicology) to assess supposedly toxic nutrients, a false belief is being engineered saying that “nutritional supplements are dangerous to people’s health”.
Using this false belief generates calls to “protect” people from these “toxic” nutrients. After the calls come the bills to set ultra low permissible dosages (remember, nutrients are deemed “dangerous toxins” under this false belief). If enough of us and our Congressional delegates buy this nonsense, we and Congress would blindly comply with Codex Alimentarius’ VMG. And blind compliance is what the industries behind Codex Alimentarius intend.
Blind compliance goes hand-in-hand with lack of activism. This lack of activism allows our protective laws, classifying nutrients as foods with no upper limits (such as DSHEA), to be easily repealed and replaced with draconian laws to classify nutrients as toxins. And “harmonization” with the pro-illness, pro-pharmaceutical industry Vitamin and Mineral Guideline is there to fill the void.
Only intentionally ineffective, ultra low dose supplements would be legal, with or without a prescription, on the VMG list. If enough people do not take action, we can expect to watch nutritional supplement manufacturers and, thus health food stores, to go out of business, in a domino effect. The only player left standing would be Big Pharma.
Therapeutic grade vitamins, minerals, and amino acids would be eliminated from the marketplace (although a few low-dose supplements would be allowed by Codex, as a symbolic measure to avoid suspicion about their ulterior motive).
Natural health professionals would lose the tools of their trade (nutritional supplements) and health conscious people would be unable to choose natural health options for health promotion and disease treatment.
And that is, in a nutshell, how Codex Alimentarius is poised to make Natural and Nutritional Medicine (NNM) disappear from the legal health world and go underground. Who benefits? Big Pharma.
It would take a few years for the above scenarios to be feasible (Codex Alimentarius is meant to go into full global effect by 2010). The slower the process takes, the less alarmed people will be. That’s probably the logic of the architects of Codex Alimentarius.
5) Serves Economic Interests of Sickness Industries Through WTO and Napoleonic Code
More and more people are turning to natural health products globally. The “wellness” trend is a major trend in today’s society. The more natural health products people use, the fewer drugs they buy. The pharmaceutical industry, which is part of the “Sickness Industry”, fears the inevitable shift toward natural health care.
Instead of accepting the will of the people and rethinking the future of the pharmaceutical industry, the industry has decided upon an unethical course of action: the use of deception and deceit to eliminate natural health products completely.
Codex Alimentarius is a shrewd vehicle for protecting the pharmaceutical industry from the loss of income it stands to suffer due to the inevitable growth of natural healthcare.
Codex Alimentarius is the resistance of the dinosaurs to inevitability: the burgeoning desire of humanity for a healthier, saner, and more sustainable way of life.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) intends to force Codex Alimentarius upon the nations of the world, including the U.S. This would be done under the threat of massive economic sanctions if WTO-countries do not comply with Codex Alimentarius.
Furthermore, Codex is based in the Napoleonic Code, not Common Law. That means that under Codex Alimentarius, anything not explicitly permitted is forbidden. Under Common Law, we hold that anything not explicitly forbidden is permitted. The difference is the difference between health freedom and health tyranny. Codex Alimentarius would be able to ban supplements by default.
6) DSHEA Protects America From Codex Alimentarius
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA, 1994), an American law classifying our supplements and herbs as foods (which can have no upper limit set on their use), was passed by unanimous Congressional consent following massive grass-roots support organized by health food stores. Millions of American activists told Congress, in no uncertain terms:
“Protect nutritional supplements as foods or we will remove you from office”.
Congress listened and carried out the will of the people.
DSHEA appropriately classifies nutritional supplements as foods which can have no upper limits set on their use. DSHEA recognizes that people use nutrients safely to deal with their individually differing needs for nutrients. The concept of biochemical individuality means that people have different needs for nutrients at different times. Are nutrients toxins? No, they are not toxins. They are substances essential to prevent, treat and cure any chronic condition, in differing doses at different times in different people.
DSHEA protects the US from Codex Alimentarius’ deadly Vitamin and Mineral Guideline. We must reach our Congressional members, educate them about the facts on Codex Alimentarius and direct them to vote against anything that would threaten DSHEA.
Congress holds the keys to our health freedom. And it is their job to listen to us. Let’s not allow cynicism to tell us otherwise. We did it for DSHEA in 1994. We can do it again this year.
7) Your Action is Needed Now!
DSHEA is under significant legislative attack right now. Your letter-writing is crucial: if the members of Congress know that voting against health freedom means losing their jobs come election time, they will listen. Our job is to make sure they get the message loud and clear. Take action via our 3 easy steps and send personalized emails to Congress right now.
After taking action on HealthFreedomUSA.org, consider getting together with others in your area and visit your Congressional members in their home offices. If we wait, we lose our health freedoms. Once we “HARMonize” with Codex, by the way, we no longer have the right, while we belong to the WTO, to repeal or change that “HARMonization”!
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The objective of the pro-Codex Alimentarius multi nationals is to “boil the frog slowly” so that we do not wake up to it in time to avoid Codex.
Once we have “HARMonize” to Codex Alimentarius, as long as we are in the WTO, we cannot amend or change what we’ve been “HARMonize” to.
Codex Alimentarius will go into global implementation by December 31, 2009, unless We, the People, avert it. We must act now because right now, with $758 Million spent on declared Congressional lobbying by Big Pharma last year, there are members of Congress who are trying to overturn DSHEA and allow Pharma-friendly free reign for Codex. If protective laws like DSHEA are destroyed, the sanctioning power of the autocratic WTO kicks in, and it will be impossible to get out from under Codex Alimentarius. We can protect our access to high potency nutrients and stave off an adulterated food supply only by putting pressure on Congress.
Consequences to Human & Environmental Health
Implementation of Codex Alimentarius would result in severe repercussions for both human and environmental health. If implementation of Codex is not averted, here are a few of the damaging changes we will have to live with:
High potency nutrients? Illegal.
Valuable nutrients not on Codex list? Illegal.
New nutrients or herbs? Illegal.
Traditional medicines with nutritional value? Illegal.
Antibiotic and hormone-free milk, poultry, fish and meat? Not available from supermarket due to degraded organic standards.
Safe levels of pesticides, hormones, animal drugs and other toxins? Gone.
Labeling for GMOs? Illegal.
Non-irradiated food? Illegal.
Loss of Access to Natural Health Products Would Result in Huge Increase In Illness
This July 4, in Rome, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) ratified the destructive Codex Alimentarius “Vitamin and Mineral Guideline”.
Vitamins and minerals in doses high enough to do have a therapeutic effect could become just a memory if America harmonizes with the Vitamin and Mineral Guideline. Other nutrients (such as amino acids and herbs) will, according to Codex, follow quickly. The driving force of the VMG is economic, not medical, and has nothing to do with consumer protection, as explained here.
High potency nutritional products are highly beneficial for health. Many people would suffer greatly if nutritional products were removed from their reach while health promotion and disease prevention would be nearly impossible without them.
Undermining Organic Farming Standards
Codex Alimentarius makes a farce out of organic farming. While “organic farming standards” do exist under Codex, they are extremely weak, vague and unenforceable. For example, Codex organic standards allow the use of veterinary drugs and the an unacceptably rapid conversion of conventional to organic, compared to current U.S. organic standards.
The spread of true organic farming, where no pesticides, herbicides, or animal husbandry drugs are allowed, would cut into the profits of the sellers of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones for animals.
Giving Free Reign to Unlabeled GMOs
Codex Alimentarius would forbid the labeling of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and permit their world-wide use in the animal and plant kingdoms despite their serious health consequences for both the people who consume them and the environment. Many GMO seeds cannot germinate without toxic pesticides or herbicides (they are intentionally designed that way to sell the pesticides/herbicides despite the fact that insects and weeds become resistant to these toxins after a while).
GMO’s health hazards are significant but since they would be unlabeled in food under Codex Alimentarius, there would be no way to know which foods contain GMOs and which do not.
Mandating Irradiated Food
Codex Alimentarius mandates the irradiation of food (yes, makes it obligatory!) unless it is eaten locally and raw. Irradiation of food creates high concentrations of free radicals which cause cancer, degenerative diseases, premature aging, organ damage and immune damage. The only protection that we have against irradiation of food is antioxidants. But protective levels of these vital nutrients would be forbidden under Codex.
Planning to Eliminate Access to Herbal Remedies
Codex Alimentarius can be expected to forbid traditional herbal medicines. Herbs were abruptly removed from Codex’s control when significant delegate opposition developed against eliminating all traditional medical systems and practices. Herbs were moved to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) domain where they are being considered in a committee closed to public scrutiny. It is expected that shortly before the global implementation of Codex on December 31, 2009, WHO will return them to Codex which will declare herbs to be “untested drugs” and, hence, illegal substances.
This would leave more than 60% of the world’s population without any legal medical care of any kind.
The European Union’s “Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive” (ETHMPD) has issued a short list of permitted conditions for herbal treatment. According this this draconian directive, all other indications are illegal.
While ETHMPD is not Codex Alimentarius, it is “Codex friendly” and there are interpersonal ties between the organizations. We can expect similar restrictions by Codex. Under the ETHMPD, all conditions which are “allowed” to be treated herbally are trivial and self-correcting, and would not require the use of herbs anyway.
The ETHMPD has also created a short “Positive List” of permitted herbs and is currently accepting applications for consideration of other herbs based on toxicology data which, in most cases, do not exist. Even if toxicology data on herbs did exist, they would probably be highly skewed, because toxicology is not the appropriate science for assessing herbs.
At the same time as Codex Alimentarius unscientifically considers nutrients to be dangerous toxic chemicals and seeks to limit nutrients to clinically ineffective doses, it permits veterinary drugs, hormones, herbicides, pesticides and other toxins at irrationally high, and very dangerous levels. This hypocrisy (treating nutrients as toxins and toxins as safe) can only lead to more toxic material in the Earth’s soil, groundwater, and atmosphere.
Pesticides and other agricultural toxins like antibiotics and hormones are well known to produce great harm to human health. They lead to cancer, auto immune disease, ALS, Alzheimers and a host of other serious, life-threatening conditions.
Codex Alimentarius mandates the use of antibiotics and hormones in animals used for food, as if though these toxic substances are essential (they are not). This would pollute rivers and groundwater, as well as result in diseased meats, fish and fowl in the food chain.
As The Meatrix so fascinatingly demonstrates, instead of increasing their use, the wise would eliminate antibiotics, veterinary drugs and hormones in animals. Codex Alimentarius has nothing to do with wisdom or health. It exists to serve the interests of those who profit from the sale of antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, veterinary drugs and hormones.
Let Us Unite and Take Action
In short, unless massive numbers of Americans take action, DSHEA will be gutted and Congress will allows Codex to become our standard in the U.S. If that happens, we face consequences such as the following:
Elimination of nutritional medicine using therapeutic levels of nutrients to promote health and deal with illness
Elimination of clean, unadulterated foods which are crucial for health and optimal well-being
Elimination of herbal medicine and treatment
More hormones in meat and milk
More antiobiotics in meat and milk
More animal suffering
More human suffering
Further environmental destruction of our one planet
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How Codex Alimentarius Promotes Pesticides
Instead of encouraging a move toward a sustainable, sane, economically viable, toxin-free, organic agricultural system, Codex Alimentarius says, in effect:
“Put more pesticides on crops along with more antibiotics in food animals. When you get sick from all the toxins you ingest, I won’t let you use nutrients to detoxify – I will force you to treat the symptoms of your pesticide-induced diseases with pharmaceutical drugs.”
Codex Alimentarius allows high levels of 7 of the 9 most toxic pesticides in the world, in our food. These compounds are so toxic that the Stockholm Convention (PDF) was created to eliminate them from the planet. Codex, however, allows them in your food along with 206 other toxic pesticides. The levels allowed are nothing short of disgraceful.
Hamster Wheel of Pesticide Intake & Pharmaceutical Drug Usage
Codex Alimentarius promotes a loop of pesticide intake and pharmaceutical drug usage. This will create and maintain a perpetual state of disease among the population since both pesticides and drugs are highly toxic to the liver, our primary organ of detoxification. And both poison enzyme systems which are essential to life. Such poisoning of organ and enzyme systems leads to side effects and illness.
If this pesticide-pharma connection sounds far-fetched, if you do not believe any corporation could ever plan for such a continuum of disease, then think again. It is well-known that drug companies fabricate illnesses for the sake of drug sales. Take the example of the “fabrication” of mental illness:
“Despite a nearly 500 percent increase in mental health drugs being prescribed to children in the previous six years, the NFC [New Freedom Commission on Mental Health] recommended a plan of mandatory mental health screening for all public school students and follow-up treatment with drugs when needed.
“The fact is, this is nothing more than another elaborate profiteering scheme hatched by Bush and the pharmaceutical industry to convert the millions of people in public systems into customers for new psychiatric drugs in order to funnel more tax dollars to Pharma.”
– Evelyn J. Pringle, Online Journal, March 28, 2005
And the same is sadly true for a host of profitable diseases “treated” with lots of poisonous drugs which have, I believe, virtually no place at all in dealing which health promotion, disease prevention or treatment of any chronic, degenerative condition.
The more pesticides we have in our bodies, the more ill we are. The more ill we are, the more drugs we will buy.
Codex Means More Pesticides on Crops, More Antibiotics and Hormones for Animals
Codex Alimentarius allows pesticides, veterinary drugs and other toxic residues in foods at levels much higher than even industry lobbyists have asked for!
In speaking only of current pesticide levels (Codex levels would be much higher), the Ontario College of Family Physicians noted:
“The Committee on Pesticides in the Diet of Infants and Children (CPDIC) concluded that the *population is at great risk from the existing allowable levels of pesticide residues* [Emphasis mine] and that the data strongly suggest that *exposure to these neurotoxic compounds at levels believed to be safe for adults could result in permanent loss of brain function* when it occurs during prenatal and early childhood periods of brain development.  Toxicologists agree that by extrapolation from hazard assessment studies conducted primarily in rodents, pesticides have the potential to produce toxicity in humans, a potential that includes many different toxic end points. Recent studies have investigated non-occupational human exposure, such as those presented by Leiss et al, who demonstrated an association between yard treatments and soft tissue sarcomas (odds ratio 4.0) and the use of pest strips and leukemias (OR 1.7-3.0) in children  . Similar findings have been reported by Gold et al, who report an association between exposure to insecticide extermination and brain tumors (OR 2.3)  ; Lowengart et al, who report an association between household pesticides and leukemia (OR 4.0) and garden pesticides and leukemia (OR 5.6)  and most recently Davis et al, who found odds ratios up to 6.2 for several pesticide specific exposures among children with brain cancer”.
How much worse will things get when astonishingly high Codex-approved toxic residues are permitted in our food supply?
And why does Codex Alimentarius allow pesticide levels higher than current industry levels? Because the more pesticides are sold, the more profit will those who sell it make.
Codex: Friend To Toxins Well Beyond Pesticides
Codex Alimentarius wouldn’t just give free reign to pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics in food. It also allows aflatoxin, a potent carcinogen in milk, peanuts, almonds and other foods. It seems that Codex Alimentarius has been designed to open the gates for everything that is toxic to humanity and the Earth, while closing the door to everything that is natural and nutritious.
Consider just one example out of thousands: Aflatoxin is the second most potent non-radiation carcinogen (cancer-inducing agent) known to man. Based on trade considerations, not health, Codex sets an astonishingly high level for aflatoxin in milk: 0.5 mg/kg.
This is at least 100 times the recommended standard!
The official Codex documentation has this to say about aflatoxins (note how narrowly focused on trade considerations this paragraph is):
“The imposition of a maximum level less than 0.5 mg/kg would restrict international trade of feed ingredients because the level of aflatoxins in the feed would need to be controlled to lower levels than currently used in order to assure that the milk meet the lower standard. This issue is further complicated by the fact that the animals for which the feed components will be used are not known at the time of international shipments. Therefore, the milk level may result indirectly in an unwritten lower limit for aflatoxins in feed ingredients for all animals, even though animal feed is a good use of the more aflatoxin contaminated ingredients for many animal species.”
What does that mean? It means that according to the people behind Codex Alimentarius, it would be a burden on trade to reduce levels of aflatoxins in food, and that current levels are too strict. Remember, this is the second most potent known carcinogen we are talking about!
Codex Encourages Increase of Carcinogens
For those who care about reducing cancer in the world, reducing levels of aflatoxins should be a high priority. But why bother about reducing cancer, if permitting unsafe levels of aflatoxin can reduce sanitation expenses and thus increase profits? It goes even further than just milk. Codex Alimentarius says that it is ok to give material contaminated with aflatoxins to animals!
Aflatoxin is known to pass into milk and meat. So, just for a moment, forget about the health of the animals, and ask yourself, what will happen to the people who drink the milk or eat the meat of animals fed with aflatoxin contaminated feed?
Who benefits from toxic feed? The chemical-agricultural industry, which saves money by not having to discard poisoned feed as allowed by Codex Alimentarius.
All nutrients (eg. vitamins and minerals) are to be considered toxins/poisons and are to be removed from all food because Codex prohibits the use of nutrients to ‘prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease’.
All food (including organic) is to be irradiated, thus removing all ‘toxic’ nutrients from food (unless consumers can source their food locally).
Nutrients allowed will be limited to a Positive List developed by Codex; it will include such ‘beneficial’ nutrients as fluoride (3.8 mg daily), sourced from industrial waste.
All nutrients (eg. vitamins A, B, C, D, zinc and magnesium) that have any positive health impact on the body will be deemed illegal in therapeutic doses under Codex and are to be reduced to amounts negligible to health, with maximum limits set at 15% of the current Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). You will not be able to obtain these nutrients in therapeutic doses anywhere in the world, even with a prescription.
It will most likely be illegal to give any advice on nutrition (including in written articles posted online and in journals as well as oral advice to a friend, a family member or anyone).
All dairy cows on the planet are to be treated with Monsanto's genetically engineered, recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH).
All animals used for food are to be treated with potent antibiotics and exogenous growth hormones.
Use of growth hormones and antibiotics will be mandatory on all livestock, birds and aquacultured species meant for human consumption.
The worldwide introduction of unlabelled and deadly GMOs into crops, animals, fish and plants will be mandated.
Also : Codex Action Information
Boston Area Codex Action Committee
Sharrhan Williamson • 617-499-0920 • email@example.com
National Health Federation
P.O. Box 688, Monrovia, California 91017
626-357-2181 • firstname.lastname@example.org• www.thenhf.com
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