What’s for dinner?

So today, let us take a look at our food.

Every day we have to eat. We normally start with breakfast, then have lunch, eat dinner and some things in-between like fruits, sweets or something else we crave for. So, what about our food?

Have you heard of the “Codex Alimentarius”?

First of all: What is that codex?

It means “food code” and was officially invented 1962/63 by the WHO and the FAQ to introduce standards in food production, trade, hygiene, ingredients, nutrition and everything you can imagine. The main purpose, so the codex itself says is protecting “health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.”

Doesn’t sound that bad, does it? But the codex and it’s goals are quite controversial.

On the one hand there are the supporters whose arguments for the codex are: that it may help to build international and binding standards that will be able to help and assure people of the positive effects of the code for food production and as an effect of that for the consumers. Everything which could possibly be declared as food is regulated and defined, even ‘Mineral Water’.

On the other hand there are opponents that say quite the opposite. Small countries or developing countries could be disadvantaged also regional products, that may not withstand the standards because of their mode of production or so, and therefore could be banned from the market. Furthermore the codex could overthrow existing standards or strict regulations made by countries or regions.

Some of the biggest supporters of the code are giant food companies, that take part in many more activities than only producing food. The most terrifying example is Monsanto.

This ‘food producer’ is not only food producer, but a “multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation” that not only invented “Agent Orange” which came to public attention in the Vietnam War but also holds 90% of the various genetically engineered seeds worldwide. Founded in 1901 it bought and sold many different companies over the last century. Monsanto introduced saccharine (artificial sweetener) to the market. The list could be continued forever.

Monsanto also brought many small farmers to trial because they saved seeds for the following year, which is so to speak ‘verboten’. In question is also their production of the so called ‘Terminator seed‘ which produces sterile seeds so farmers have to buy new seeds every year and are not allowed to grow their own. Yes, right! Plants that are not able to reproduce themselves.

Though the question arises, why it should be necessary to produce sterile seeds, why it should be a welcome development if you patent genes and their combinations (pigs for example) so no-one is allowed to breed pigs that have the genes except you pay for the patent, Monsanto won this and many other trials.

So let’s consider that:

There is a codex, which  standardized food, food production, ingredients and  so on. A code which is supported mostly by big corporations and organisations for the purpose of public health and consumer safety.

This is what we are made to believe.

Then there are voices who are maybe not as official as all the others and are maybe even in question, but perhaps there is at least a little bit of truth to find.

For example Dr. Rima Laibow from the Natural Solution Foundation, who claims that the code will be used to control food supply and therefore what will be offered and declared as ‘food’ as a whole, that it will control what is allowed and what is prohibited as food/drinks and as food/drinks ingredients. If you’re interested in what she’s got to say take a look here.

It doesn’t really matter who of them is right, because one thing seems very clear: We don’t have a clue what is inside of our food or drinks, even if it is water.

Also nobody could control the gigantic corporation-government machine which imposes all these things on us.

And if you don’t believe in long term planning of the governments or corporations or organisations I have one last thing to tell you:

As it was stated at the beginning of this post, the “Codex Alimentarius” was invented in 1962/63 and was then planned to go global in december 2009.

I’m just wondering…


1 Comment

  1. 10/06/2009 at 10:35 am

    […] want to remind you of the ‘Codex Alimetarius’ I wrote about a few days […]

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