Codex: The Global Snowflakes
Is Integrity at Codex an Oxymoron?
Written By Katherine A. Carroll, NTP, NHF Executive Director
The stunning magnitude of National Health Federation (NHF) President and General Counsel Scott Tips’ head-table speech to the assembled delegates at the last session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in Geneva, Switzerland (July 2017), where all the loose ends from multitudes of Codex committee meetings were wrapped up in one session, was confrontational and brilliant! More than that, however; it was necessary for our survival and that of the Planet. Just look at those faces … a picture is worth a thousand words.
A “Come to Jesus” Talk
Scott’s “come to Jesus” talk with the Codex elite and 700 country and industry delegates was unprecedented. In five minutes of brutal honesty, NHF cut to the chase and gave the World a fighting chance to live in health naturally or retrieve it when lost. Apart from NHF’s bold, confrontational history, Codex has rarely experienced blunt honesty in its 54 years of being “the Global Seat of Power” where food and nutritional supplement regulation is concerned. If Codex’s success were measured in the health of individuals much less nations, in the protection of the soil that nurtures real, uncontaminated food, it would be marked as a failed institution. Harmonization to facilitate unfettered global trade is the real mission of Codex, not safe food. Yet Codex presumably stands behind its mission to protect food safety while disease and disability rise, even among youth, and where the Planet’s pleas for help (the bees and contaminated soil, water, and air in particular) aren’t even part of the debate. And from this crumbling foundation, some delegates at Codex point the finger at NHF’s speech for being “too harsh!”
Scott Tips, a 17-plus-year veteran who has actively participated in more Codex Alimentarius meetings with more seniority and longer tenure than most country delegates, told Codex to hold to the standard of integrity in science; particularly when our lives and the life of our Planet depends upon it. He told the delegates to speak up and stand by their conscience. He began with a poignant story of his grandfather’s tombstone where one singular word stood out that capsulized succinctly the life of one man: integrity. He sounds like a true hero, unlike the “snowflakes” at Codex who got their feelings hurt by Scott’s forthright challenge to them to do their job.
When unprecedented numbers of youth have debilitating disease, when bee populations are dying in record numbers along with aquatic species and wildlife, when antibiotic resistance grows and waterways are polluted with runoff, when chemical and pesticide use skyrocket, when nutritional supplements are dumbed down while plants exhibit less nutritional value than ever, when science yields to industry and government agendas, we know PC Codex has failed the World and aligned with biotech, corporate greed, and World trade to make a few rich and rob us and our Planet of health and even our very lives.
Scott Tips took the floor and launched in, “What we (NHF) expect most out of Codex is integrity. If at times we speak harshly or even with flashes of anger, we feel that Codex has transgressed the boundaries of integrity because integrity is what we expect out of Codex and so should all of you …. As delegates, you might have to take the hard road … no tricks, no games, no compromising of integrity; you do what is right, not what is just convenient or expedient. But what we see here all too often is that some government agencies are nothing but regional field offices for corporate interests and this we find lacks integrity … integrity can be difficult and it can be something that takes courage. And the integrity to say “no” when everyone around you is saying “yes” is something we all have to consider doing or to say “yes” when everyone is saying “no” around you; so it works both ways. If that is what we have to do to get the best nutrition for our citizens and the fellow members of the human and the animal Planet, that is what we have to do. No fake science, but real science, and science with integrity.” Polite applause. Later, criticisms of “harshness.” And not just at this speech’s conclusion but at nearly every Codex meeting NHF attends and intervenes. The poor snowflakes.
Integrity at Codex is an oxymoron. The inability to hear the truth and rise to the demands of this crisis era mark most Codex meetings. Whether cowardice from too many of Codex’s delegates who sit silently or distractedly checking Facebook and e-mails without contributing, or else contributing with an agenda, or offering fake science designed to support debased industry and trade, or simply too afraid to truly represent their country or group with decisions that might buck greedy special interests but could save the World, welcome to Codex.
Right after Scott’s speech, which I videoed on my iPhone from the internet live-stream while at home, NHF’s inbox was literally flooded, particularly by desperate Italians seeking a champion in the vaccine human-rights violations. Millions want someone to tell the Truth, to Care, and to help them face Giants.
Having worked with Scott for over six years now, I can say that the Codex snowflakes have vastly underrated that adjective “too harsh.” Clearly, I could see Scott was holding back with a remarkably diplomatic restraint when he told them to get some integrity, to stop the fake science, to speak up according to their conscience. Independent researcher and writer Colin Todhunter spells it out clearly in his July 2017 article “Codex Alimentarius and Monsanto’s Toxic Relations.” (See http://www.globalresearch.ca/codex-alimentarius-and-monsantos-toxic-relations/5600356.)
Scott’s speech was not lost on me. In 2014, I received the NHF Health Freedom Hero award, in part, for my work helping shape global politics on several international committees at Codex. I have actively participated in more international Codex meetings than any other female health-freedom activist. I know the score as few do (although going by the YouTube videos alone, it is easy to be deceived by those pontificating about Codex when they aren’t even to be found in the parking lot holding up a sign). I’ve been behind the closed doors where generally there are no reporters – such as in 2012 at the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) in Canada when GMO foods were on the agenda and an attempt was made to sneak MSG into the food supply disguised as “salt.” You’d think every media channel would be there. No, there is just NHF telling it like it is no matter how many snowflake feelings are hurt. Your health will suffer because this group of country and industry delegates, and the Codex Chairpersons have dug your grave with their “decisions” based on junk science, ignorance, or simply a lackadaisical attitude or a great desire to reach the donut cart first on break.
Importantly, however, let’s be clear that the Codex Secretariat staff cannot by any means be swept up into the prior statements. The staff has been, uniformly, extremely fair, decent, and even-handed. Indeed, NHF would not have even had a place at the podium for Scott to give his “integrity” speech were it not for the Codex Secretariat’s commendable evenhandedness in how it treats all of the Codex delegates and observers. The Codex Secretariat has integrity in spades that the rest of the head-table officials would be wise to model.
Plus, there are Codex delegates who have demonstrated integrity time and again in their fight for better health. This list is not exhaustive, but the Malaysian, South African, Iranian, Indian, Iraqi, and Filipino delegations come readily to mind as examples. There are others, too.
But Snowflakes Abound at Codex
So, while there are exceptions, it is still PC-truth for most. But when you’re in the elevator with a country delegate in full agreement with your intervention (the word for statement/argument at Codex to shape global policy) and then in session that particular country delegate later sits in silence instead of publicly supporting your position and changing the health of 7-billion on the Planet … this is when Scott’s speech is most needed. What a spineless, impotent lack of integrity, smacking of sheer cowardice if displayed in a wartime setting. And, isn’t it a war that we are in – one for our very lives, our health, and our health freedom, an all-out war on our children?
Or, how about the credentialed delegate or even head of their country delegation who speaks from utter non-science nonsense, misleading others by fake-science deceit, whether intentional or not? In Berlin at the Codex Nutrition meeting, one INGO delegate even said DHA wasn’t needed in infant formula! Despite the fact it is an essential nutrient, that it must be obtained exogenously, that it helps form the visual pathway, and assist in important brain development and more. This absurdity is what NHF endures and fights.
Or, how about those who enter with their country’s political agenda to push? The Chair of the Codex Committee of Vet Drug Residues in Foods opened the session years ago saying, “Don’t bring your country’s political agenda to this meeting.” He displayed integrity that few Chairpersons have shown. All NHF and our members want is an honest, truly science-based, non-biased decision and active participation to shape global decisions that affect our health and that of the Planet; to be fully present standing up for what they truly believe in vs. parroting the party line of their country or industry to come away from Codex increasing trade and industries’ bottom line and decreasing your health and lifespan!! Do you really think the artificial-sweetener industry, or Monsanto, appears at Codex meetings because they want to uphold the stated goal of Codex: To protect food safety? Those of us who have participated in Codex can tell you stories like these until you’re sick of hearing the pathetic abuse of power when World health is imploding.
There is hope however. One man, Scott Tip representing NHF, seized the chance to publicly tell Codex and the delegates to Codex to display integrity in science and stand firm for our lives and the life of the World – Earth – are at stake, literally!
Until Codex chairmen and -women and delegates find their integrity holding to Codex’s stated mission as well as a willingness to research and form logical conclusions based upon real-time, valid, scientific research, and then be fully present and participate, then greed and ignorance will continue to destroy our lives, taking the Planet with it.
Since the Snowflakes at Codex will not be determining much of value for our Planet unless they grow into the maturity of acting with integrity on behalf of the World, and as I wrote in 2012 and again in 2013 in “NHF Leads in the Future of Health Freedom,” we will need a document – a Bill of Rights for the Race of Mankind. The Nuremburg Code needs to be adhered to. As Scott Tips pointed out in his September 16, 2017, speech at the Venice demonstration, in 1891, even Prussian prisoners had more rights than we do today: the right to refuse a tuberculosis vaccine. Codex is a failed institution and now cultivating a PC-snowflake mentality that would choose to try to shame and silence the voice of a true activist representing millions of others rather than rise to jointly fight the many problems annihilating health and the Planet. It will be up to us and others like us to set the boundaries of human, animal, and environmental exposure to the Hell that some would create on Earth. NHF has been that Voice since 1955 and we show no sign of cowering or bowing to fake-science altars or snowflake “leaders.”
Just as the Codex Secretariat breaking from Codex’s sad tradition of selling out to industry and political agendas exhibiting integrity in spades, so has Scott Tips taken on his grandfather’s mantle and one word at Codex defines this NHF President: Integrity. He has endured hatred, mockery, and shaming for you and for me; for the sake of the Planet and for those who will never know he ever tried to protect their health and rights. I am proud to really understand and appreciate this sacrifice as it has also been my own since that first Codex bubble-bursting meeting in 2012. Those of you reading this, our treasured members and supporters and fellow health-freedom fighters, you are marked with integrity too. Together there is hope for changing the World as NHF is known at Codex as the Great Balancer. No matter how much it hurts.