Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Another Link in the Chain

I've been holding off on this post for some time now, for various reasons. The biggest is that, quite honestly, being one of the few who seem to be talking about it is a touch scary. But I am writing it now for that very reason. Very few people are talking about it and something this big needs to be talked about at the water cooler, while sharing chores, over coffee, at town and community gatherings etc etc.

The subject is Codex Alimentarius.

Perusing the Strategic Plan for 2008-2013, Codex appears to be a comprehensive and global effort toward "protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade". However, one may also notice that this strategic plan makes no mention to the importance of decreasing poverty and starvation or protecting/developing local economies and naturally produced food, yet there is great mention of avoiding trade barriers. Skipping to the Principles of NGO Participation, the only Non Governmental Organizations which will have formal relations (under "Observer Status") with the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) are to be international in scope. This makes Codex Alimentarius a central control over the entire global food supply, which does not even recognize non international entities.

Sadly, I have only been aware of Codex for a relatively short period of time but this is a short talk with Ian Crane who has worked hard to raise awareness of Codex:



As he mentions, the US avoided one attempt to institute Codex in the 90's, but it is my contention that the current push towards global government would include Codex implementation throughout North America. Interestingly, both Canada and the USA remain active CAC members.

This is a longer UK presentation by Ian Crane:



This is a presentation by Dr. Rima Laibow, an M.D. who co-founded the Natural Solutions Foundation:



I encourage everyone to have a look at this thing and generate your own opinion. Personally, I see it as just another leap towards global Technocratic (and Financial) authoritarianism. We've been feeding ourselves naturally for around 5500 years at least, isn't it interesting that once large-scale industrial farming took hold we have global food supply emergency problems?

Solutions:

1) As is the solution to so many things...drive in the countryside. Get to know local farmers and producers. Some might be wary to begin with but when they know you're on their side and interested in their wares, you will likely make some of the best friends possible.

2) Start or get involved in local food and goods markets as much as possible. You will forget what being bored was like.

3) Keep an eye on Codex and other control mechanisms (especially food oriented) locally, bring it up here and there and stand ready to oppose its implementation in your area.

2 comments:

linda said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I am not in support of the codex aliminatarius. It just seems too much about control. I would have to read more, but it is a subject well worth writing about because I think people generally, people don't even know what it is. thanks for mentioning it.

SoapBoxTech said...

Thank you Linda.

Sadly, it is not even just about control, but about the extermination of a few billion souls. I too am concerned about over-population and such, but I will NEVER agree to a solution such as Codex.