What Is Codex Alimentarius?

Codex Alimentarius is the name for the trade organization which sets standards and guidelines for food production worldwide. It was created in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Its stated purpose is protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair trade practices. Another goal of Codex is promoting coordination of all food standards undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The controversy surrounding Codex is based on the fact that there are many requirements that may actually be unhealthy. These include food irradiation, GMO (genetically modified organisms), and mandatory inclusion of toxic preservatives and fertilizers. Additionally the Codex Commission has worldwide political influence and can, in effect, take away the choice to consume non Codex foods.

Video of Ian Crane discussing influence of the Codex Commission.

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