Monday, July 11, 2005

How they’ll take our supplements

Regarding CODEX and Codex-enabling CAFTA... You won’t lose your supplements tomorrow. It could take years. But here’s how it will likely work:

Our government is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and a signatory to CODEX. WTO is as binding as a treaty.

At some point some foreign nation, another member of the WTO, will likely file complaint citing unfair or illegal trade practices because American businesses are still selling a particular supplement that doesn’t meet the new “fair” regulations.

The WTO has the power to respond to such a complaint with sanctions. This will put a crimp in domestic companies' ability to trade overseas.

And Congress will respond to this situation by folding like a cheap suit. Congress always withers in the face of WTO because the Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, or the Fortune 500 companies won’t tolerate having their businesses damaged because of one or two supplements (greater good, and all that).

So the process will start with one or two supplements disappearing, to be replaced by alternatives that have lower potency and higher cost. These supplements may even become prescribed drugs. This process will begin with just a few supplements at first, but more will follow, and each time it happens it will become easier and easier.

You can join the fight to stop passage of CAFTA right now by visiting DownsizeDC.org and sending a message to your Representative

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