Why vitamin consumers should go to the link above to send the form letter there with one mouse click to your congressmen to get the USA out of the WTO:
We have zero power at Codex to influence the unelected bureaucrats who in July will likely ratify a highly draconian FRAMEWORK (with the blanks on allowable potency levels of vitamins and minerals to be filled in AFTER THE FACT).
Although we have no direct power to influence the faceless Codex bureaucrats, we CAN STOP IT FROM COMING TO THE USA by defending US Sovereignty.
To do that we have to do 3 things:
1. Generate massive support for H J Res 27 which gets us out of the WTO by going to http://capwiz.com/jbs/issues/alert/?alertid=7655411 to send in the form letter to our congressmen
2. By also urging congress to oppose CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) and FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) by utilizing THESE web based form letters:
3. By faxing, emailing, or snail mailing this form letter from IAHF (see below) which is more specific to our direct cause, but which could also be ignored due to massive spin against our anti Codex mssg by the FDA and by the Pharma Dominated vitamin trade associations- but you can send it if you want and at the least should be aware of the information it contains and should forward it:
Also- if you want IAHF to go to DC to lobby on these issues in the next 2 weeks, we need donations to travel cross country to do this for you. Thus far, not enough have come in to pay expenses for such a trip even though I'd be able to stay at a friends, not enough has come in to pay for airfare, ground transportation in DC and food. If you want me to go, please send an immediate donation to:
IAHF 556 Boundary Bay Rd., Point Roberts, WA 98281 Will send the DVD Push Back from Codex Cliff for donations of $25. or more.
NO TO CAFTA/FTAA/WTO!!-YES to H J Res 27
US Dietary Supplement Laws Threatened By Globalization!!
And Congressman ______________________________
The WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA and FTAA trade agreements all contain the SPS (Sanitary Phytosanitary Measures) agreement. Article 3 of SPS states:
"To harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary measures on as wide a basis as possible, Members SHALL base their food safety measures on international standards, guidelines or recommendations."
This makes the supposedly "voluntary" Codex Alimentarius standard for vitamins and minerals MANDATORY for all WTO member nations.
Passage of CAFTA and FTAA would broaden and deepen the scope of the SPS agreement, forcing harmonization of not only our dietary supplement laws to mindless international standards, but it would lead to the creation of a supranational body similar to the EU in our hemisphere, and we oppose this clear threat to US sovereignty.
When the draft text of CAFTA was first made available on January 28th, 2004 the Governors of all 50 States discovered that they were bound by the 2,400 page agreement- being specifically listed in chapter 9. A third have since rescinded their support of CAFTA.
Last fall, a WTO tribunal outlawed Utah's ban on gambling, opening the door to millions of dollars in penalties against all states with anti-gambling restrictions. Antigua had charged that Utah's ban on gambling violated America's obligation not to discriminate against foreigners providing "recreational services."
CAFTA includes hundreds of pages of grants of vague authority to foreign tribunals. It wouldn't take long for an activist foreign judge to read his own interpretation into language such as the SPS agreement and force changes to US laws including the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.
In addition to these concerns, NAFTA never lived up to the numerous promises made about it, and our Trade Deficit is worse now than ever, contributing to the weakening of the dollar. There is no reason to expect CAFTA or FTAA do anything more than to FURTHER this negative trend, and lead to the destruction of our nation, and our economy.
WTO tribunals have ruled against the USA in 24 cases, many of which were very costly to our economy. I therefore ask you to vote NO on CAFTA and on FTAA, and YES on H J Res 27 which removes the US from the WTO.