Get Informed on Canadian/International Legislation
Posted April 15, 2015
Under the US constitution, Congress has the right to engage in trade agreements prior to this, and to set negotiating parameters. For example, Congress might insist on parameters to protect the environment or public health. But under Fast Track, Congress more or less relinquishes this right (and responsibility), letting the President negotiate at will instead. And, once the agreements are completed, you can no longer make any amendments. Congress simply votes for the agreement or against it, in its entirety. Read more.
Posted April 15, 2015
February 26, 2015, Fernando de la Hoz resigned from his position as Director General of the INS (National Institute of Health). Despite the fact that de la Hoz held this position for just a little over a year, he claims his resignation had nothing to do with the recent controversy over the multitude of serious new medical conditions occurring after Colombia’s recent HPV vaccination program. Read more.
Posted March 30, 2015
In 2011, due to growing concern, the European Union decided to restrict the use of pesticides that act as endocrine disruptors. But that legislation cannot be fully implemented until members of the European Commission can agree on an official definition of “endocrine disrupting chemicals.” That decision is now overdue. Read more.
Posted January 15, 2015
In an excellent video, John Hilary, executive director of War On Want, explains what’s wrong with the TTIP: why it’s nothing to do with ‘free trade’ but all about deregulation of controversial and risky products like GMOs, tobacco, and hormone-treated meat; why it won’t boost our economies; and how politicians know that much of what we’re being told about the supposed benefits of TTIP is a lie. (Time: 14:43) View here.
Posted January 12, 2015
Fresh on the heels of Australia’s government effectively silencing criticism of vaccines and the promotion of homeopathic benefits, it appears a heated social media campaign has been launched to stopDr. Sherri Tenpenny from stepping foot in Australia. Why – because she has talked about the damaging effects of vaccines. It turns out, she is set to give six seminars in March, along with a homeopath, on parenting healthy babies. Read more.
Posted July 28, 2014
A GROUP OF German physicians and scientists has called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to use her influence to halt the TTIP trade deal between the US and Europe in the interests of public health and the environment. The TTIP is being negotiated behind closed doors, away from public scrutiny. It threatens to drag Europe down to the same level as the US on GMO and food safety regulation, in the name of harmonising standards and removing trade barriers. Corporations will be able to sue governments that reject their risky products. Read more.
Posted May 2, 2014
The National Health Federation (NHF) returned again to Asia in mid-March 2014, to attend the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) Forty-Sixth Session in Hong Kong, China.  Last year’s CCFA meeting, held amidst the death-smog of Beijing, yielded a great victory as NHF reduced neurotoxic aluminum by 50% in many food products and completely eliminated it in others. Read more.
Posted July 31st, 2013.
Last week, the European Commission voted to place a two-year moratorium on most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides. Like many other food-related substances and practices that are banned in Europe, this move will most likely not inspire similar change within the United States. Read more.
Posted July 19th, 2013.
Those who have been following the National Health Federation’s efforts at Codex since the mid-1990s already know that at the Codex Nutrition Committee meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2009, the NHF singlehandedly launched the opposition that stopped the Australian delegation and others from “dumbing down” these Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs). Read more.
Posted July 18, 2013
This week U.S. and European negotiators will begin secret talks that could bargain away a key element in American resistance to GMO foods. The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also referred to as a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), will focus on “normalizing” regulatory practices that business interests deem limit trade, including the European approach to genetically modified foods. Read more.