Well, that’s a self-determined explanation of their founding and purpose taken from their own website.
In the following video, Dr Rima Laibow talks about how Codex Alimentarius is effectively criminalising alternative medicine:
“Codex Alimentarius” simply means “food rules” in Latin. It was created to regulate and control every aspect of how food and nutritional supplements are produced and sold, from farmer through to consumer. It is solely about trade and the profits of multi-national corporations. It is claimed as being merely ‘guidelines’ for which Governments can voluntarily follow if they choose too – however, ‘Codex’ is working closely with the EU & the UN introducing new regulations all the time with large sanctions being placed upon the Nation States that do not comply.
The Internet is full of all sorts of speculation to what exactly the constantly updated and expanding 20,000 page guidelines mean in the real world – many alternative health pages will tell you that ‘Codex’ is banning all nutrient and vitamin supplements, this is not true, nor are they banning herbal remedies – ‘Codex’ is about controlling the food supply and placing profits into large multi-national billion dollar Corporations.
As Henry Kissinger ‘allegedly’ once said:
“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”
Just some of the important issues that ‘Codex’ creates which impact our ability to manage our health naturally: (Source)
1.Genetically modified (GM) food
Driven by GM interests which argue world food requirements cannot be met without global implementation of GM
Led by USA and Canada; EU may cave to pressure
GM food plants being given the green light on safety
Terminator’ seeds could be approved for international trade
GM food animals are on the way
‘Dumbing-down’ of organic standards to suit interests of large food producers
Promotion of large-scale, high-input agriculture and international freight
Approval of various synthetic chemical additives and ‘processing aids’ in organic foods
No outright ban on use of irradiation post-production
Labelling allows use of hidden, non-organic ingredients
Approval as safe around 300 different food additives (mainly synthetic) including aspartame, BHA, BHT, potassium bromate, tartrazine, etc.
No consideration given to potential risks associated with long-term exposure to mixtures of additives
Allows significant residues of over 3,275 different pesticides, including those that are suspected carcinogens or endocrine disruptors, e.g. 2,4-D, atrazine, methyl bromide
No account taken of long-term effects of exposure to mixtures of residues in food
Setting very low maximum daily doses for supplements using scientifically flawed risk assessment methods
Effectively establishing international borderline between foods and drugs for nutrients, forcing therapeutic nutrients into drug category
Requirement for clinical trials to substantiate health claims; too expensive for small companies. Therefore provides passport system for big corporations and acts as obstacle to freedom of speech for smaller ones
Setting of unnecessarily low Nutrient Reference Values which seriously understate requirements for long-term optimum health for given sub-populations, age groups and genders
For those wondering whether ‘Codex’ is just a potential threat of the future you would be wrong, we have seen its affects creeping in already as their ripples are shown in EU legislation.
Hundreds of herbal medicinal products will be banned from sale in Britain next year under what campaigners say is a “discriminatory and disproportionate” European law.
With four months to go before the EU-wide ban is implemented, thousands of patients face the loss of herbal remedies that have been used in the UK for decades.
From 1 May 2011, traditional herbal medicinal products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner to comply with an EU directive passed in 2004. The directive was introduced in response to rising concern over adverse effects caused by herbal medicines.
The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued more than a dozen safety alerts in the past two years, including one over aristolochia, a banned toxic plant derivative which caused kidney failure in two women. – The Independent
Although new legislation’s do not outright ban herbal medicine and nutritional supplements they do make the practice of herbal medicine services a minefield of potentially self incrimination ; which is by design the overall intention, with little to no financial backing for your average herbal practitioner this leaves the door open only to bigger companies which will inevitably see the end of the ironically termed ‘Alternative Medicine’ industry.
The following document looks at ‘Codex’ and how it affects us and the environment – it also clears up some common myths surround Codex which circulate the internet: Globalization and the control of your health