Posted on March 3, 2006
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The United States Congress and the FDA
Part Two - The Right to Know What’s in Your Food
International Medical Veritas Association
by Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Director International Medical Veritas Association
This is the month in which to view and judge whether the United States House of Representatives is a democratic institution or whether it has slipped down the grassy slope into being an institution that promotes fascism and aggression against its own people. Remembering the best definition of fascism is the union of corporations and state, next week’s vote on food labeling laws will, in all probability, highlight the unholy alliance between major food corporations and elected representatives of the United States government. When we remember the founding fathers words and intentions that this august body is supposed to be of the people, by the people and for the people the day they vote on this might be a day for tears.
The New York Times reported recently, “After a murky legislative process distinguished by a lack of any public hearing, the House is ready to rush to approve a special-interest measure for the food industry. The bill would pre-empt all state food safety regulations that are more protective than federal standards. A bipartisan majority behind this clearly dangerous bill is echoing the industry’s line that the goal is simply to end consumers’ confusion about varying state regulations that govern warning labels and protective inspections.” (The Abusive New Federalism; March 02,2006; http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/02/opinion/02thu2.html?_r=1&oref=slogin )
Hundreds of warnings on food labels would vanish across America. States would not be able to warn, for example, when high levels of lead or mercury are present in products. “This would be the most sweeping change in decades to our nation’s efforts to protect the food supply,” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. “This is a disaster waiting to happen.” 37 state attorney generals joined Waxman this week asking lawmakers to oppose the bill. Giant food interests obviously feel threatened by California, which is leading the way in demanding consumer warnings about mercury levels in fish, lead in calcium supplements and other hazards.
In reality it’s part of a broad based attack on the quality of the nation’s food supply. Last week, Senate and House Republicans on the Agriculture appropriations subcommittee inserted a last-minute provision into the department’s fiscal 2006 budget specifying that certain artificial ingredients could be used in organic food. Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association, calls the initiative a “sneak attack engineered by the likes of Kraft, Dean Foods and Smucker’s.” When we remember the recent research that showed that when children who switched their diets for only a few days to organic foods dramatically and immediately lowered the amount of toxic pesticides in their bodies we should begin to understand what is at stake here. Organic foods offer a ray of hope in the age when both government and industry think it’s their right to poison our foods with toxic chemicals that they say are safe but are not.
For over a hundred years the FDA has been supervising the addition of disease causing agents into the food supply. It actually started before the formation of the FDA (with The Division of Chemistry) when food preservatives first started to be used. Medical studies were done, subjects got sick and the federal government sided with industrial interests who needed preservatives to expand their growing food empires.
A few days ago Dr. Betty Martini, in an essay called New Cancer Study Obligates FDA To Recall Aspartame, quotes the late FDA Toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, who testified to the Senate: “In view of all these indications that the cancer-causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established way beyond any reasonable doubt, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act?” The Delaney Amendment states clearly, if a product causes cancer in animals it cannot be put in food.
“Is it not clear beyond any shadow of a doubt that aspartame has caused brain tumors or brain cancer in animals?” asked Dr. Gross. “Given that this is so (and I cannot see any kind of tenable argument opposing the view that aspartame causes cancer) how would the FDA justify its position that it views a certain amount of aspartame (50mgm/kgm body weight) as constituting an ADI (Allowable Daily Intake) or “safe” level of it? Is that position not equivalent to setting a “tolerance” for this food additive and thus a violation of that law? And if the FDA itself elects to violate the law, who is left to protect the health of the public?”
Between Congress and the FDA the public should be well protected but we find the opposite to be true. These organizations are guilty of the most horrendous crime of poisoning the food chain and now congressmen and women are falling all over themselves to raze state and local laws in favor of national food and retail interests.
The FDA will resist to the bitter end, not admitting it has acted as a fascist organization promoting the large scale poisoning of the human race with aspartame and other dangerous chemicals like MSG and flouride. It is not just American citizens who are put at risk but the world’s population who are consuming thousand of tons of aspartame a year. Even the kids are dosed with this poison for we find it in everything from candy to children’s vitamin C.
When the government fears the people, you have liberty.
When the people fear the government, you have tyranny.
– Thomas Jefferson
Doesn’t anyone in America remember what its like to be an American? Doesn’t anyone remember the most famous words laid down when America was founded? Give me liberty or give me death takes on new meaning today for as we allow our health freedoms to be eroded we will find ourselves and our loved ones becoming increasingly sick and dying. Perhaps a miracle will happen and the American Congress will come to its senses and remember the people and curse the corporations that have made them sell their souls for the pleasure of the next junket.
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