Whats wrong with our food system – TED Talk

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Meaning of ‘Orwellian’

Orwellian” describes the situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free society. It connotes an attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past, including the “unperson” — a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practiced by modern repressive governments. Often, this includes the circumstances depicted in his novels, particularly Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Orwell’s ideas about personal freedom and state authority developed when he was a British colonial administrator in Burma. He was fascinated by the effect of colonialism on the individual person, requiring acceptance of the idea that the colonialist oppressor exists only for the good of the oppressed person and people.

There has also been a great deal of discourse on the possibility that Orwell galvanized his ideas of oppression during his experience, and his subsequent writings in the English press, in Spain. Orwell was a member of the POUM militia and suffered suppression and escaped arrest by the Comintern faction working within the Republican Government. Following his escape he made a strong case for defending the Spanish revolution from the Communists there, and the mis-information in the press at home. During this period he formed strong ideas about the reportage of events, and their context in his own ideas of imperialism and democracy.

This often brought him into conflict with literary peers such as W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender[1].

In 1940 he engaged himself in the practise of supporting mis-information for a revolutionary purpose with The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius. A counter-point to his previous work, immediately after his return from Spain, Homage to Catalonia. Homage was elementary in Orwell’s definition of the process of truth-power connection and its relevance to ideas of freedom versus authority, whereas Lion & Unicorn was a formative piece of ‘propaganda’. The narrative of the two is one that informed Orwell’s later works such as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm.

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Orwellian DoubleThink: Illness is Health

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The primary duty of the regulatory agencies responsible for ensuring public health in our Orwellian world apparently is to guarantee that we are laced with toxic contaminants and additives.  Whether it is physical or mental health, it has become clear that federal agencies, and even our local municipalities, are coordinating an overall health agenda that favors corporate interests, while corrupting the promotion of true health and well-being.

Here are three primary examples that highlight the lengths to which our “protectors” will go to convince us to listen to their upside-down worldview, instead of reason and logic:

Alternative Products: The FDA sent warning letters to many E-cigarette companies in an attempt to control an alternative market to Big Tobacco.  It is a pattern of the FDA to attack the free market of products that provide a healthier option than what has been officially approved.  Big Tobacco has a firm foothold in the FDA, so it is no wonder why they would rather keep people smoking their toxic product. If we believe the FDA is actually there to protect us, let us not forget that this is the agency that ignored evidence that CT scans are killing 14,000 Americans per year, just to name one of their oversights.

Vitamins and Supplements: For a case study in Orwellian language, the link to the Codex Alimentarius FAQs that highlights this section is a must-read.  The real agenda is not safety, but using safety as a way to gain control over products that have been proven to be safe in a free market.   The complications that have arisen from nutritional supplements are the tiniest fraction of the illnesses and deaths from medications that are approved to the market in the “official” way.  This is a concerted effort to protect Big Pharma, not the consumer.

Natural Foods: People across the world are waking up en masse to the dangers of agribusiness.  Coupled with a disastrous global economy, people see the health and fiscal sense it makes to begin growing their own food.  And, again, whenever freedom asserts itself, there is the tyranny of regulations to clamp down.  Just recently, county code enforcement officers ticketed a farmer for growing too many vegetables.  His real crime?  Giving it away to a local farmers market.  If that is not Orwellian, I don’t know what is. This is combined with raids on raw food producers, as well as proposed legislation that could even ban home gardens.  After all, those home gardens might be growing marijuana.

It appears that private corporate interests are being supported by our public consumer safety agencies.   Everything chemical, engineered, and produced by mass industry is championed, while all that is good and wholesome is maligned.  Their agenda is akin to a declaration of war upon the natural world, where all human activity will be micromanaged by scientists and bureaucrats.  It is time that we say no.

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Codex Alimentarius Signed Into Law By Obama!

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Codex Alimentarius Signed Into Law By Obama!

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What is Codex Alimentarius?

The quick and dirty version-A law to make vitamins and supplements either illegal or extremely costly.

In 1996, the German delegation put forward a proposal that no herb, vitamin or mineral should be sold for preventive or therapeutic reasons, and that supplements should be reclassified as drugs. [This is their true intention.] The proposal was agreed, but protests halted its implementation. The 28th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission was subsequently held July 4 – July 9, 2005. Among the many issues discussed were the “Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements”, which were adopted during the meeting as new global safety guidelines. This text has been the subject of considerable controversy, in part because many member countries may choose to regulate dietary supplements as therapeutic goods or pharmaceuticals or by some other category. [In our case, we do not have many member countries. It’s just the United States. Therefore, it will be enforced in an entirely different light than the European Union.]

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The Codex Alimentarius (Latin for “food code” or “food book”) is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety. Its texts are developed and maintained by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a body that was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Commission’s main aims are stated as being to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the international food trade. The Codex Alimentarius is recognized by the World Trade Organization as an international reference point for the resolution of disputes concerning food safety and consumer protection.

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Below is the Exact document from the White House Website.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-establishing-national-prevention-health-promotion-and-public-health

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 10, 2010

Executive Order– Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council

EXECUTIVE ORDER

ESTABLISHING THE NATIONAL PREVENTION, HEALTH PROMOTION, AND PUBLIC HEALTH COUNCIL

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 4001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Here is an excerpt:

“Section 6 (g) contains specific plans to ensure that all prevention programs outside the Department of Health and Human Services are based on the science-based guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under subsection (d) of this section.”

In other words, ALL prevention programs, even those outside of the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, must align with CDC guidelines, which are “science-based.” What do we take for prevention? Herbs and vitamins. Herbs that you grow in your backyard and vitamins that are not approved by your doctor do not fall under these “science-based” guidelines, and are not allowed. Therefore, this will effectively open the door to outlawing ALL disease prevention practices that use herbs and vitamins not prescribed by a doctor, and implement CODEX ALIMENTARIUS right here in the good old U.S.A.

You can of course go to the White House website and get the entire document.

If you have not heard about this law, which has already been approved, and on the books from any mainstream media, you should most definitely jump up and down and know that the bad guys have succeeded in pulling the wool over the general public’s head again.

On a very casual survey, every single vitamin shop that I have talked to in the last two days have absolutely no clue that this is a fact in the United States. The fact that it has been devoid of mainstream media means that there are other plans in the works. I’ve already started to see some red herrings being thrown about in the Senate how they need to address this subject of Codex Alimentarius when it has already been put in law.

This executive order completely bypassed Congress and the general open discussion on this particular subject of food, vitamins, and prevention. Please forward this short e-mail to as many health practitioners, friends, alternative doctors, for this is the only way this data will get around.

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I expect two types of response. Either it’s the good old ostrich head in the sand, or the tiger on cocaine.

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Something can always be done! Just because the law is on the books, does not mean that it can’t be repealed! And repealed it shall be!  And Executive Orders are often nullified when the next President comes into office.  So please help us stand up and get the word out.

Remember that when they tried to change the organic laws to allow city sewage sludge & other things, it was the public outcry that stopped it. You do have the power-use it!

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U.S. Food System and Sustainable Agriculture

Posted On: September 10 machinerylubricationdotcom

Sustainable agriculture is a good thing to think about when facing the possibility of peak oil, dwindling healthy soil, and the (hopeful) declining use of pesticides, herbicides and all the other -cides in commercial farming.

The consumer trend is up: people all over the country and other parts of the world are utilizing more local options for accessing quality, organic food at farmer’s markets, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares and choosing local / organic produce from box stores when possible. In fact, the USDA reports that the utilization of Farmer’s Markets alone has had a steady incline since 1994, with a 16% jump from 2009 to 2010 and almost a 250% increase since 1994.

One might conclude that by the increased use of Farmer’s Markets alone would decrease the overall energy cost of the food-related energy use in the United States, but somehow, food-related energy use had actually increased during the dramatic rise of Farmer’s Market expansion. A study performed by the USDA to figure out how much energy we spend in food production from farm to table includes the following data:

A projection of food-related energy use based on 2007 total U.S. energy consumption and food expenditure data and the benchmark 2002 input-output accounts suggests that food-related energy use as a share of the national energy budget grew from 14.4 percent in 2002 to an estimated 15.7 percent in 2007. Although energy prices were high and volatile over the 2002-07 period, households and the foodservice industry continued to outsource food preparation through the purchase of prepared foods with high energy-use requirements.

Parke Wilde teaches and writes about U.S. Food Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He has a wonderfully informative blog post about the subject. He says:

Only one quarter of the increased energy use in the food system is due to population growth.  Another quarter of the increase is due to increased food spending per person.  Fully half of the increase was due to adopting more energy intensive technologies in the food system.

At a time when one might expect that Americans would adopt more energy efficient technologies, we did the opposite.  We continued to move from labor intensive to energy intensive methods throughout food production and manufacture.  A fascinating accompanying article (.pdf) in the USDA magazine Amber Waves gives the example of adopting high-technology energy-intensive hen houses in the egg industry, increasing energy use per egg by 40%.

It’s pretty amazing, really. He continues that consumers contributed to the rise in food energy costs by purchasing more items requiring energy: microwaves, dishwashers and second refrigerators, when the growing trend is supposedly focused on conserving energy and reducing consumerism overall.

The true cost of food is one of all things considered. So the next time we reach for the out-of-season or in-the-box produce, it’s a good time to think about all the energy that was harvested to bring it to us in the first place and how that factors into sustainable agriculture.

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