Government food bill

Published: Sat 10 Sep 2011 04:46 PM
Media Release
Saturday 10 September 2011
Government food bill
“As the general election approaches there are many issues about which candidates should be stating their position. But you can bet your boots very few from the parties presently in Parliament will be saying much beyond what wonderful M.P.s they will make if re-elected” said David Tranter, DSC Health Spokesman.
“One such issue is the government’s Food Bill introduced to Parliament in May 2010 and which may be enacted in the near future. The problems in this Bill include the following: it turns a human right (to grow food and share it) into a government-authorised privilege that can be revoked by the Governor-General.
“It makes it illegal to distribute “food” without authorisation, and it defines “food” in such a way that it includes nutrients, seeds, natural medicines, essential minerals and drinks (including water).
“It will push up mainstream food prices by subjecting producers to red tape and registration costs.
“Growing food for distribution must be authorised, even for “cottage industries”, and such authorisation can be denied.
“Under the Food Bill, Food Safety Officers can enter premises without a warrant using all equipment they deem necessary, including guns (Clause 265 – 1). So Monsanto employees could raid premises like houses or marae without a warrant, backed up by armed police.
“An international scheme called Codex Alimentarius will place severe restrictions on the content of vitamins, minerals and therapeutic compounds in food, drinks and supplements etc.
“So ask your local candidates what they know about this Bill, whether they support it, and if so, why?” Mr Tranter concluded.

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