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How the FDA Supports Big Food Companies in Selling More Junk Food – Dr. Rob Verkerk


Ty Bollinger: I’m here with Rob Verkerk
with the Alliance for National Health International. Rob, thank you for being with us tonight.
Dr. Robert Verkerk: Hey, it’s fantastic to be with you too.
Ty Bollinger: And what I want to do is get you, first of all, to tell our listeners exactly
who you are and what you’re doing with the ANH and then I got a couple other questions
for you. So first of all, just kind of give us a background on you.
Dr. Robert Verkerk: ANH is all about working very hard to protect sovereignty over our bodies
in order to be able to manage our health, have freedom of choice, ensure that there
is informed choice to make those choices, and allow people to manage their health in
the way that we have already been doing for many hundreds of thousands of years. And of
course, modern science comes along now and, coupled with what we already know from traditional
systems, most of the solutions to most of the big diseases that are out there that are creating
a huge burden on healthcare systems around the world, the information is available. But
it’s not getting to people. And there’s a whole regulatory movement that is being
developed by very large corporations in cahoots with governments, that is increasingly impinging
our ability to choose products that can really transform lives, transform the quality of
lives, and eliminate the burden of disease that is really crippling society today.
Ty Bollinger: So you mentioned regulatory agencies. Now here in the United States we
think of the FDA. But you’re working with ANH International. Is the FDA the only regulatory
agency that we need to worry about? Dr. Robert Verkerk: Not at all. The FDA exists
in different forms in all other countries. In some cases you have authorities like the
FDA that deal both with food and with drugs. In other parts of the world you’ve got specific
food authorities and other drug authorities that are somewhat separated. The difficulty
when you have the same people dealing both with food and drugs or sharing offices within
similar buildings, is that they inevitably develop a system of regulation that works
for the corporations that supply the largest amount of money to those governments. And
these people are bureaucrats so they’re not necessarily looking at the big picture.
They’re certainly not looking at how they can resolve the disease burden in any particular
country or part of the world. And the system, the intricate system that is being developed
by these authorities working globally, these groups and bureaucrats working globally is
already being mapped out. So if we look say at the development over the last 40 years
of the Codex Alimentarius, this is how corporations and governments have come together in order
to manage the global food trade. So the increasing availability of processed
foods or preserved foods or foods that have been irradiated or that have relatively high
levels of pesticide residues, all of that has been agreed at an international level
through Codex. And it has been 100 percent supported by the FDA and also by the European
Commission that interestingly stands as a body that represents the trading block of
the 28 member states that comprises Europe. Which actually supports now our population
of close to half a billion people. And again, in this system at Codex there is a consensus
approach to decision making and there are a number of countries such as the USA, Canada,
Europe, and Australia, and even New Zealand that play a dominant role. If a smaller country,
say a sub-Saharan African nation disagrees with any of these issues they tend to be quashed. And as a result you get a system of trade that is meant to be all about free
trade, but it’s actually expanding trade in products that—particularly food products—that
are right at the nub of the key health problems that we have. So if we look at the prevalence
of American-style foods that are maybe typified by say McDonald’s or other processed foods.
Or the products of Pepsi, for example, or Coca-Cola, of which there are many associated
products, or products from Nestle that cover many, many different brands. These are the
companies that play the dominant role so that their products can be available in more or
less the same form in supermarkets all over the world.

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