30 November 2009

The Fight for Good Food Continues

Back in the 1950's Standard Process founder, Dr Royal Lee (R), spoke of "a conspiracy against good food" as the major menace to human health in the USA. When I first heard him on a tape from that time, I felt that perhaps he had over-stated the case. Yes, there was a problem with food, no doubt, but an actual conspiracy? I doubted that.

But, now I am sure that he was right. When we see the coordinated moves being made throughout the world to control food, food being used as a weapon, the Codex Alimentarius, and this bill before congress now (The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act), I think we can clearly see the outlines of a true conspiracy.

I also have gained some spiritual insights as well that confirm for me that a true conspiracy against real food exists. Look in the Bible and you will see that the very first deception or trick used by the devil in the Garden of Eden involved eating the wrong food. Eating the wrong food had the effect of alienating Adam and Eve from God. Being on the 'outs' with God meant that they could not participate in the on-going works of Creation. The wrong food produced a fallen state in which they could not perform the works of God.

So, isn't it the same today? We have the works of God to perform! We are those who have to bring in the Kingdom of God. So what does the enemy do? He corrupts the food. He knows we cannot perform at the level required if we eat the wrong food that fills our bodies with impurities injuring our minds and spirits as well as our bodies. He waxes rich off the illness and disease produced by the consumption of the wrong foods and exercises maximum social control over the population. We must fight for the right to eat the right food that keeps us in the image and likeness of God, so that we might do the works of God, having Power and Dominion over the earth in His Holy Name.

We should follow up and contact our Representatives in Congress and let them know how we feel about this 'food conspiracy'. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us clearly that "fasting with the right food is the cure for all our ills". Well if that is right and it is, then aren't we duty bound to fight for the right food? Why shouldn't we fight "the devil" in order to have the food that God wants us to have? Isn't that a worthy fight?

The Voice of the Natural Health Consumer
Dear Supporter,
One week ago we alerted you to a well-meaning, but misguided, bill going through a final review by a U.S. Senate committee before going to the floor for a vote.
(Click here to read Citizens for Health (CFH) Board Chair Jim Turner's "Food Safety: Congress Loses Its Way").
"The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act" (S. 510) purported to address growing concerns over the state of food safety in the U.S. but, as written, would have actually strengthened the forces that for the past fifty years have led to unsafe, nutritionally compromised food by giving powerful incentives to large, concentrated food manufacturers (the sources of the most significant threats to our food so far) and undercutting producers of healthy foods and organics that are smaller, safer, and often local. It also would have threatened access to dietary supplements that are safe and protected under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) and paved the way for harmonizing our food policies with those of the international Codex Alimentarius.
Score Round 1 for CFH members and allies! We can be thankful this week that our voices were heard and that several positive changes were made to this 'turkey" of a bill.
Click here to send a letter to your Representative and Senators telling them to maintain the positive changes, and make the additional ones listed below.
According to CFH Senior Policy Advisor, James Gormley
, the amended version of S. 510 adds three major improvements related to dietary supplements, organics and Codex:
--New language exempts "…any dietary supplement that is in compliance with the requirements of sections 402(g)(2) and 761 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 USC 242(g)(2), 379aa-1)."
--In the case of organics, the new version omits "any requirements that conflict with or duplicate the requirements of the national organic program established under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990…"
--And, regarding Codex, the original S. 510 recommends harmonization while the amended version suggests only that it is to be considered. (While this is a small improvement, CFH opposes harmonization and is still concerned with other language in the bill which may allow harmonization in "through the back door".)
Clearly the thousands of letters generated by CFH members and allies, as well as visits to Capitol Hill by industry and consumer stakeholders, paved the way for these critical improvements to the bill.
Now, S. 510 must go to the full Senate for passage. Assuming it passes the full Senate, which is 99% likely, both the House-passed and Senate-passed versions will be debated in conference so that an acceptable combined version is approved and ultimately sent to the President.
As consumer grassroots advocates we must remain vigilant since the improvements we've won could be eliminated in conference committee. We also must continue to advocate against the remaining language that still could mandate Codex harmonization (in the Senate version); that could exempt foreign governments (in both versions); and that calls for imposition of martial law via cordoning off potentially affected geographic areas in the case of a perceived food safety threat (in the House version).
We have seen, time and time again, the impact we can have on the decisions of our elected officials. As Margaret Mead once said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." We must remain actively engaged with our allies and partners on Capitol Hill and with Senator Harkin, even though it has moved out of his committee, if we are to ensure that the final bill meets the standards of the natural health and wellness community.
Send your letter to your Representative and Senators now!
Thanks for staying involved,
The Citizens for Health Team
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