The bill derives its forces from the Codex Alimentarius, created by the United Nations in 1962, through a series of relationships between The World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as the American FDA and USDA.
The dangerous elements of the Codex are first, that these standards are devised as international rules intended for world-wide adoption, and second, that they classify nutrients as toxins.
"The Codex Commission decided—with the support of the United States—to use something called Risk Assessment, which assesses the maximum level of a substance – in this case a nutrient -- that may be ingested without causing any discernable biological effect.
Risk Assessment is a branch of Toxicology, a.k.a. the science of toxins (as opposed to the science of nutrition). In a sane world, it is used to assess how much of a toxic substance you can safely eat without noticing any physical effects or problems. As soon as there is a biological effect, you have hit the upper, maximum limit for that substance.
Codex is slowly but surely shimmying into position to mandate the universal maximum “safe” level of every vitamin, mineral, supplement and herb that may legally be manufactured, used or sold -- with “safe” being a level that has no physical effect."
"And, even if you refuse to believe that the North American Union will ever take place, passing similar, potentially restricting natural health laws in the U.S. will be a whole lot easier if Canada sets the precedent."
What seems critical to watch in all the current large bills aimed at "protecting" our health or food, is the radical alteration of terminology. Bill C51, for instance, replaces the word "drug" with "therapeutic product,” the same term for all natural products, thus setting natural products up to be controlled as though they were drugs, and "toxins." More, the bill redefines "sell" which we have always understood to mean to distribute with consideration - that is, for payment of some kind.
But the new definition of "sell" in Bill C51 is “includes offer for sale, expose for sale or have in possession for sale, or distribute to one or more persons, whether or not the distribution is made for consideration and in relation to a device, includes lease, offer for lease, expose for lease or have in possession for lease.”
That is, for free. This would include sharing and giving, and the criminalization of either if the thing being shared were any nutrient the government wished to control. That could include herbs and even food. Raw milk people, alert by now? Seed bankers should also be on the edge of their seats since all of this is coming down from the Codex was influenced by the WTO and our USDA and FDA, which are Monsanto controlled. And seed banking is the sane, generous, caring, biodiversity-protective solution to the genetically engineered patented and biologically devastating trap Monsanto has lured farmers into around the world.
The Natural Health Products Protection Association also launched a campaign to rid the bill of its "police state" powers to search private property for illegal products, stating the proposed legislation “read like a police state manual."
After hearing the opposition, Mr. Clement admitted that “it became clear that some things that we thought were implicit in the bill needed to be spelled out.”
Mercola says that to him "that particular statement sounds a bit funny coming from a lawyer (he was previously employed as legal counsel with the law firm Bennett Jones LLP.), and this incident of “oops, I didn’t see those loopholes,” unfortunately ends up smelling like industry infiltration."
Now, for the petition: