I just recieved this email throughSubject: Govt Agenda to Eradicate Natural Health and Farming?
Ian Crane to speak this Friday, 11 November, 7pm, Grey Lynn Community Centre. Don't miss it. - Jon Eisen, co-editor The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine; Editor, UNCENSORED magazine
Codex Alimentarius, the UN Agenda to eradicate Natural Health and Farming, is being stealthily implemented into New Zealand via the NZ Food Bill 160-2, due to be passed at the end of this year.
One of the alarm bells ringing in the Food Bill is that 'Food Safety Officers' may enter premises without a warrant, using all equipment they deem necessary, including guns (Clause 265-1). These officers may be police, or members of the private sector...ie Monsanto employees, backed by armed police. (Clause 243)The NZ Food/Codex Bill would undermine the efforts of many people to become more self-sufficient within their local communities.
- Seed banks and seed-sharing networks could be shut down if they could not obtain authorization. Loss of seed variety would make it more difficult to grow one’s own food.
- Home-grown food and some or all seed could not be bartered on a scale or frequency necessary to feed people in communities where commercially available food has become unaffordable or unavailable (for example due to economic collapse).
- Restrictions on the trade of food and seed would quickly lead to the permanent loss of heirloom strains, as well as a general lowering of plant diversity in agriculture.
- Organic producers of heirloom foods could lose market share to big-money agribusiness outfits, leading to an increase in the consumption of nutrient-poor and GE foods.
- It turns a human right (to grow food and share it) into a government-authorized privilege that can be revoked by the Governor-General.
- It makes it illegal to distribute “food” without authorization, and it defines “food” in such a way that it includes nutrients, seeds, natural medicines, essential minerals and drinks (including water).
- It will push up mainstream food prices by subjecting producers to red tape and registration costs. Food prices are already rising due to increased energy costs and commodity speculation, while effective disposable incomes are falling.
- Growing food for distribution must be authorized, even for “cottage industries”, and such authorization can be denied.
- The Government has created this bill to keep in line with its World Trade Organization obligations under an international scheme called Codex Alimentarius (“Food Book”). So it has to pass this bill in one form or another.
- There are problems with Codex also. Codex will place severe restrictions on the content of vitamins, minerals and therapeutic compounds in food, drinks and supplements etc. The Food Bill means that non-complying producers can be shut down easily – thus it paves the way for the legal enforcement of Codex food regulations