Treason is defined as “The crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government” (Oxford English Dictionary). It is further defined as “The betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith” (Dictionary.com). It comes from the Latin traditio(n-) ‘handing over’.
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It seems, therefore, that handing over control of New Zealand’s food supply to a foreign power – especially when doing so is likely to harm the people of the country – would rather fit the bill.
Yet that is exactly what is going to happen this week, perhaps as early as tomorrow, when the Food Bill is “approved” by the parties in Parliament. That’s right, they’re probably not even going to vote on it, such is its unanimous support. There was no vote for its second reading, despite 43,000 people signing a petition opposing it – it was just rubber-stamped under the smokescreen of the Budget.
Sure, there was a close vote on what would have been a useful amendment to the Bill (introducing Country of Origin labelling). But that was a sideshow, and a rather obvious one, designed to give the impression that the Food Bill was not a done deal already – and only for anyone who was looking. The whole treatment has been a smoke and mirrors job, and everyone in Parliament has been complicit, or at best negligent. This represents a collective and cynical breach of the public trust.
So how exactly does the Food Bill hand over control of the food supply, and to whom? We should be sure of this, as should our Members of Parliament (some of them have been informed directly – particularly those on the Select Committee, through notices given to them. The rest, if doing their job, should have investigated the rumours).
Well, it binds the Crown, and its subjects, into adhering to regulations that have not yet been published but will be put in place by Orders in Council made by the Governor-General (on the recommendation of a Minister). These regulations will be made to, under Section 314 (b) (iia) “give effect to New Zealand’s obligations under a relevant international agreement, convention, protocol, or treaty” (even if these have not yet been agreed).
And in case you’re wondering what an Order in Council is, it’s basically law by decree that is only normally used in an emergency, and is immune from Parliamentary oversight. From Wikipedia, which is basically right on this issue: “Traditionally, Orders in Council are used as a way for the Prime Minister to make political appointments, but they can also be used to issue simple laws as a sort of decree. Often in times of emergency, a government may issue legislation directly through Orders in Council, forgoing the usual parliamentary procedure” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_in_Council).
So to be completely clear, the Food Bill basically allows the Government to use emergency powers to make regulations that are in keeping with international agreements – even though we do not yet know what those regulations or agreements are.
We’ve got a good idea, though. The principal obligations that the bill refers to are New Zealand’s obligations under Codex Alimentarius (see here – NZ is obligated under FSANZ with Australia). Codex is a rulebook for food production and sale straight out of the USA’s Food and Agriculture Organisation – a body that is basically just a front for big agribusiness (yes, especially Monsanto). And the rulebook is being forced on all World Trade Organization members, with the threat of the loss of trade if they do not comply.
The Food Bill is not about Food Safety, it’s about trade – and control. In fact it’s going to push up the price of food massively through regulations – expect basic staples prices to double in two to three years. If this combines with a further financial collapse (which is coming, due to the pyramidal architecture of the Fractional Reserve Banking system, though of course that’s not mentioned here)… well, then you could seriously see kiwis starving. Some are already.
And set against this picture, if New Zealanders sell or even barter food without permission from the Government – even if it is to prevent people going hungry in their communities – they can be fined $100,000 and thrown in prison for two years (Section 203 (3) (b)).
This is some sick stuff that is going down. Don’t be fooled. The bill is about control, greed and service to big business by parliamentarians who, everyone thinks, are supposed to be working for the people of the country.
Fortunately there are ways to get around the Food Bill – soon to be the Food Act. But it will require people to wake up from the principal illusion that parliament, and government, work for the people. They do not.
It will also require people to look to their own power, agency and – should they have it – sovereignty. And then use it.
PS The common law crime of misprision of treason is knowing that a treasonous act is going to take place and doing nothing to stop it. It applies both to Parliamentarians who don’t break ranks with their party and, well, you, if you don’t do something about it.
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It’s time to hit the streets – this Sunday at 1pm, then Parliament House on Tuesday 20 May at 9am.
The Food Bill surrenders New Zealand’s sovereignty, yet passed its second reading this week with full Parliamentary support. Its third and final reading is due on Tuesday (it nearly happened yesterday). This gives a very limited period to show your opposition. And it needs to be LOUD.
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The bill surrenders our sovereignty in both domestic and international food policy, as demonstrated by this website and multiple submitters to the Primary Production Select Committee. The Select Committee has even admitted this in its revised commentary to the bill, and the government freely admits it here (NZ is a member of FSANZ and the WTO): http://www.foodstandards.govt.nz/science/international/codex/pages/default.aspx
The bill, in conjunction with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, essentially means that overseas corporations such as Monsanto would control our food supply via the World Trade Organization and the US Food and Agriculture Organisation. Then, with the massive regulation the Food Bill would bring, the price of food would also rise sharply.
Finally, under Sections 355 and 346 of the bill, the Governor-General would be able to declare anyone or anything a Food Business and regulate them out of existence. And he’d be getting his orders via international directives and moneyed interests. Boom.
There’s been no media coverage of the second reading, despite 40,000 people signing an online petition which opposed the bill. Also, it’s being rushed through at the same time as the Budget, so expect news of that to eclipse the Food Bill pretty comprehensively – that is the government’s intention – unless you MAKE your voice heard.
And you should. There is a concerted effort underway to deceive you with the Parliamentary process and take away your rights as New Zealanders. The bill jumped from number 36 on the Parliamentary Order Paper last Thursday to number one on Tuesday, a pretty sly move. Then, two readings were attempted during Budget week.
Last but not least, the planned final reading for yesterday would even have coincided with a full moon, which should be significant for the occultists – and gardeners – among you. It certainly would have been significant for Parliament. Presumably they only dropped the ball on that in their frenzy to relieve you of money via the Budget. Well, now you can get your own back.
Share widely and fast, please. The streets on Sunday are step one. Step two is Parliament before the third reading (scheduled Tuesday). Step three is Government House, before the bill gets Royal Assent – time and date TBC. At which point, feel free to use the phrase “treason in parliament” at will. Actually, you could do so now – because it’s happening.
Kia ora. Bring your pots and pans!
Where and when:
1pm, Sunday 18 May:
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Cuba Street water buckets, Wellington
The Octagon, Dunedin
Other locations TBC – email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions please
9am, Tuesday 20 May
Parliament House, Wellington, prior to third reading.
*URGENT FOOD BILL NEWS* Share widely and fast – click here to make a last-minute, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED submission on the Food Bill, today or tomorrow 16 August 2013 (sample text follows):-
http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/49SCPP_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL9974_1/food-bill?captcha=false [Scroll to bottom of the page, enter the captcha code and click "make an online submission".]
We suggest that you:-
1. Notify the Select Committee that you oppose the Food Bill and MInister Nikki Kaye’s proposed amendments to it. It is still set to destroy New Zealand’s food sovereignty, by making all food trade follow as-yet-undefined international directives and regulations. Nikki Kaye’s proposed amendments in fact seem to further the destruction of that food sovereignty. These directives would come from the World Trade Organization in collusion with multinational food corporations (via Codex Alimentarius). Goodbye farmers’ markets, health food shops etc, which would be regulated and cost-complianced out of existence.
2. Reserve All Rights. Make it clear that you do not ‘submit’ to the process of enactment of the bill. Place brackets around the Header [Submission], following it up with Public Notice as below. Write All Rights Reserved on your submission. Note that passing the bill as is would seem to be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi (the indigenous language version, which is the lawfully binding one under international law) and that Nikki Kaye’s proposed amendments would probably further breach the Treaty.
3. Keep a copy of your ‘submission’. Send us this at email@example.com, with your Submission Reference Number as proof of delivery if you wish, and we can publish it.
4. Choose to speak to your submission before the Select Committee. When you speak, reserve all rights. Make sure they ‘understand’ you :-)
Sample text for ‘Submission’
Write your own text, or feel free to copy and paste the following text into the “Compose a brief submission” field on the submissions page. If you have problems pasting into the field, like some folks, paste into a word or text doc and upload that.
Note that the suggested text below has changed, as submissions on this matter are arguably supposed to deal just with the amendments from the Supplementary Order Paper and not any other matters in relation to the Food Bill (at least, the amendments are what Parliament is supposed to consider next). So a general rant about the bill seems to be out… but don’t worry if you already did one – this is foremost about changing opinion :-)
The submissions page itself is accessed via this link: http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/49SCPP_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL9974_1/food-bill?captcha=false [Scroll to bottom of the page, enter the captcha code and click "make an online submission".]
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Friday 16 August 2013
To the members of the Select Committee for the Food Bill, Supplementary Order Paper 278
All Rights Reserved
I absolutely oppose the Food Bill and SOP 278.
The bill as it stands, that is without the Supplementary Order Paper’s proposed amendments, would generally subject this country to as-yet-undefined international food directives that infringe its sovereignty.
Further, the Supplementary Order Paper’s proposed amendments would exacerbate this situation by reinforcing the international directives and also, it seems, denying remedy for the infringements of sovereignty.
As such, the Food Bill and its Supplementary Order Paper together seem to represent a potential breach of the Treaty of Waitangi (the lawful, indigenous version). This is because they would adversely affect the people of this country’s undisturbed possession of, and sovereignty over, their domestic food supply. The food supply is a taonga, a treasure necessary for life, and it is protected under the Treaty of Waitangi.
The bill as it stands, that is without the Supplementary Order Paper’s proposed amendments, already challenges this country’s sovereignty in respect of its food supply as follows:-
1: Section 346 (Regulations about standards in relation to food) proposes to subject our food to as-yet-undefined international treaties and standards (Section 346, (5) (c),(d)).
2: Section 404 (References to standard works) proposes to directly obligate the Crown, when formulating food standards and regulations, to refer to works “accepted internationally” – even if these are works in progress and are as yet undefined.
However the bill as it stands, without the Supplementary Order Paper’s proposed amendments, does also seem to provide potential remedy for breaches of the country’s sovereignty and the Treaty of Waitangi by offering, without express impediment from foreign interests, the possibility of “Exemptions by Order in Council from application of the Act generally” under section 314.
Unfortunately, the Supplementary Order Paper’s proposed amendment at Section 315 (b) (iia) seems to introduce the potential for an express impediment from foreign interests, because under this amendment the Minister would not be able to recommend Exemptions under section 314 without first taking into account “the need to give effect to New Zealand’s obligations under a relevant international agreement, convention, protocol, or treaty”.
Since the Governor-General appears to only be able to make Exemptions under Order in Council on the recommendation of the Minister, the Supplementary Order Paper’s proposed amendment at Section 315 (b) (iia) seems to deny remedy to anyone wishing to exercise the sovereignty guaranteed by the Treaty of Waitangi in respect of the undisturbed possession of their taonga that is their food supply.
Further, and unfortunately, the agreements, conventions, protocols or treaties to which the Supplementary Order Paper refers (such as Codex Alimentarius) seem to have been formulated generally to benefit international corporate interests in the pharmaceutical and agribusiness industries, and thus seem likely to cause harm to this country and its people by setting international corporate interests against the interests of the country and its people.
I put it to you, as public servants and upon your Oaths of Office, that the Food Bill and its Supplementary Order Paper hereby seem to represent a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi on the issue of sovereignty, and as such should be abandoned. I expect you to recommend this.
If you cannot, then I require you to either inform me as to why or recuse yourselves immediately from this Select Committee.
I require 10 days’ notice prior to speaking with you on this matter.
All rights reserved
* [Submission] is for Noticing Purposes exclusively
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Finally, you should be pretty annoyed if you have only just heard about submissions being open. The Green Party released the information this week on its website, and there has been no media coverage that submissions have reopened (and are about to close). The news has instead been full of the GCSB, snapper quotas and, now, proving you’re a fit parent if you wish to see your children.
This is called stage-show magic, focus relocation, schooling… and the Government has basically, cynically, won the day in keeping this news away from you, by dangling other rights-infringing proposals in front of the media.
Get your own back. Make a submission on the Food Bill reserving all rights. And please share far and wide, and fast, so others can do so too.
Thank you / tena koutou.
Congratulations to cartoonist Mike Moreu of Nelson, NZ, for distilling the truth from the Food Bill. It serves big business, not grannies, and certainly not you.
And yes, it really is 104,261 words long. That’s like the length of a novel, plus it’s a bunch harder to read.
This image appeared in the Nelson Mail on 14 February, 2012. Reproduced with permission from the artist.
Share widely – urgent – make this go viral please
Make an all-rights-reserved “Submission” on the Natural Health Products Bill, the Food Bill’s essential Codex Alimentarius counterpart, to attack the Food Bill and Codex Alimentarius by proxy and to oppose the NHP Bill itself (it sucks completely anyway, as you will discover).
The closing date for submissions is 24 February 2012.
This page shows you how to do this, why, and provides a suggested template at bottom for the text of your “submission” / notification, which you can post online to the Select Committee. The process takes no more than a few minutes. The Government has refused to reopen submissions on the Food Bill. Use this process to have your say about the Food Bill, the NHP Bill and above all, about Codex Alimentarius – and to give notice that you retain all your rights at the same time.
Kill the Natural Health Products Bill, kill the Food Bill.
The Food Bill is one leg of New Zealand’s compliance with Codex Alimentarius, the “Food Book” set of international food regulations being forced upon all World Trade Organisation states. The Natural Health Products Bill is the other leg.
Both legs will kick New Zealanders in the guts by benefiting international trade and multinational agribusiness / pharmaceutical corporations at the expense of our own food and health rights. That is what Codex Alimentarius is all about.
However, if the Natural Health Products Bill can be killed using the Select Committee process, combined with public outrage, then the Food Bill could be repealed without loss to the country in trade terms.
This is because killing the NHP Bill would void New Zealand’s Codex Alimentarius compliance. Codex compliance is NOT in your interests, be sure of that. And with NZ’s Codex compliance voided, there is no reason for the Food Bill to exist at all.
The idea is to cut off one leg and the body will fall over, taking the other leg with it. Will it work? There is only one way to find out.
You’ll want to oppose the Natural Health Products Bill in any case. It is outrageous – and, luckily, very easy to read. Let’s try to bring it down.
What’s wrong with the NHP Bill itself?
It makes it illegal without a licence to prepare, share or administer anything (that isn’t presented as “food”) that’s made from plants, vitamins, minerals or anything else natural and may have any of the following material health benefits:-
The maintenance or promotion of health or wellness; nutritional support; vitamin or mineral supplementation; affecting or maintaining the structure or function of the body; effective treatment of any self-diagnosed or self-managed condition.
Now, go back and read that again!
You’ll be liable for a $50,000 fine for doing any of the above, even for yourself. No more home-grown camomile tea to make you sleep better. No more practising of traditional Maori medicine without a government ticket, which can be denied or revoked. No more home-made manuka oil to put on your cuts. No more using your granny’s remedies from the herb garden. None of this without permission, fees and rules, or you face massive fines and possibly jail. Sound familiar?
Now, you may not actually do these things. But you may wish to retain the right to do so. You may also wish to use any of these products or services in future. But under the NHP Bill they will be more expensive and much harder to find, because most practitioners / producers will be regulated and compliance-costed out of existence.
Don’t take our word for all this. Read the bill. It’s very easy to read, unlike the Food Bill, and easy to see the intent. It is the same intent as the Food Bill. The government wishes to own what goes into you (and thus own you). They say it is all for your safety, of course. Do you still believe that?
Take note: The Natural Health Products Bill was, like the Food Bill, passed at a first reading UNAMINOUSLY. EVERY MP voted for it. And the bill itself was a proud product of cooperation between the Green Party and National.
Are you getting wise to the Green Party yet? And are you getting wise to Parliament itself?
The NHP bill is here: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2011/0324/latest/whole.html.
In reading the NHP Bill, pay close attention to sections 5 (definitions), 6 (what is a natural health product), 20 and 21 (powers of the new health police) 28, 29 and 30 (requirements for licensing) 37 and 38 (penalties), 45 (delegation of powers to corporations), 47 (regulations applying to licensed practitioners – these will be CODEX regulations) and LAST BUT VERY IMPORTANT the Schedule of “Suitable classes of substances”… this is basically everything you ingest that is not food (which is already covered by the Food Bill) – so plants, extracts thereof, minerals, vitamins, amino acids etc that are taken to promote wellbeing. The stuff that, along with food itself, is essential for your life.
Making a “submission” on the Natural Health Products Bill.
We don’t recommend that you “submit” your say, in a sense of law, on this Bill. “Submitting” means “bowing down” and giving up all the rights you presumably wish to retain. You need to reserve all your rights. This can all be made clear in the “submission” process.
Numbers are important here. We need to flood the Select Committee with responses voicing disapproval of the Natural Health Products Bill and Codex Alimentarius, and by extension the Food Bill. This might just kill the Food Bill by proxy, by killing its Codex counterpart and stopping Codex from being implemented.
So please SHARE this info widely, and fast. The deadline is Friday, 24 February 2012. Please especially get this into health food groups etc on Facebook and beyond.
What to write
If you’re outraged, express it. At the bottom of what you write, write All Rights Reserved.
We’d suggest that the main thing to get across is opposition to Codex Alimentarius being imposed upon New Zealanders through the Natural Health Products Bill and the Food Bill. Codex does not serve people, it serves corporations.
Keep a copy of what you write. But please do write something. This needs many people to make it work. New Zealand is sleepwalking towards a corporate police state.
If you wish, you can also choose to talk / shout about your concerns at an actual Select Committee hearing. We think this would be a very good idea.
Finally if you really want to make the Select Committee sit up, send the suggested text below or some variation thereof and put its members on their Oaths of Office. If they screw up, they are out of Office, or worse.
Make your “submission” on the Natural Health Products Bill here, by scrolling to the bottom of the page: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/a/1/4/50SCHE_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL11034_1-Natural-Health-Products-Bill.htm
[Note: If the link is changed (not unlikely) then you should still be able to navigate to the NHP Bill submissions page by following this path: Home (http://www.parliament.nz) > Parliamentary business > Select committees > Make a submission. The “Make a submission” page is currently at http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/. Get to the NHP Bill submission page itself by choosing Health Committee from the drop-down list of Select Committees, then hit go. Scroll to the bottom of the page that comes up to enter the captcha code and make the “submission”.]
To the Select Committee for the Natural Health Products Bill
1 TAKE NOTICE that those Members of Parliament on the Select Committee have sworn to serve the Queen according to Law, and the Natural Health Products Bill appears to be unlawful serving as it does foreign interests and not the interests of the country of New Zealand, this because it has been introduced into New Zealand together with the Food Bill as part of this country’s compliance with CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, a World Trade Organisation directive that supports international trade agreements at the expense of the natural God-given rights of the people of this land to feed themselves and treat their own ailments themselves in any way they best see fit.
2 TAKE NOTICE that I have not seen any evidence that CODEX ALIMENTARIUS serves the people of this land and I believe that no such evidence exists.
3 TAKE NOTICE that I have not seen any evidence that the Natural Health Products Bill serves the people of this land and I believe that no such evidence exists.
4 TAKE NOTICE that I have not seen any evidence that the Natural Health Products Bill together with the Food Bill representing as they do this country’s efforts to meet the World Trade Organisation’s CODEX ALIMENTARIUS guidelines serves the people of this land and I believe that no such evidence exists.
5 TAKE NOTICE that I have not seen any evidence that the Natural Health Products Bill together with the Food Bill and New Zealand’s efforts to implement the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS guidelines is not in essence treasonous and a breach of te Tiriti o Waitangi on the issue of taonga or treasures at the very least and I believe that no such evidence exists.
5 TAKE NOTICE that it is my belief that the Select Committee members should provide evidence in their findings and recommendations to Parliament that my concerns at paragraphs 2, 3, 4 and 5 above are completely unfounded, with the same to be provided upon their respective Oaths of Office, before they individually or collectively make any implicit or explicit recommendation by act or omission that the Natural Health Products Bill should in any way whatsoever be moved to a second reading in Parliament.
[6, 7 etc… My other concerns about the Natural Health Products Bill are… delete this or add in as appropriate, removing the square brackets and writing to a MAXIMUM TOTAL OF 4000 CHARACTERS. You have about 1500 characters left.]
[Given name], [middle name] of the family [family name]
A man/woman [delete as appropriate]. In plain English. This is a submission made only in the common usage sense of information being transferred over the internet. All rights reserved.
http://www.nzfoodsecurity.org: the NZ Govt is firing off press releases like crazy about the Food Bill, saying it’s all OK. Below is a post from a confirmed establishment insider who says it is NOT OK. We know who he is, and he checks out.
This is an important perspective from someone who understands the issue. If you wish to see some balance in the mainstream media to counter the propaganda, please SHARE this post.
Then, copy and send the entire text of this entry to the media list provided. The intention is to flood their inboxes, and help them get some perspective also.
goldenagebeyond on 2012/01/14 at 3:26 am, commenting on Food, illegal? Not in my back yard.
I have just spent 3 hours reviewing (or attempting to review) NZ Government Food Bill 160-2
http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2010/0160/latest/whole.html?search=ts_bill_food+bill_resel&p=1#dlm3435700 as well as a good selection of the comments made by the select committee.
Just to add some perspective, I have a PhD in population ecology (U of California at Santa Barbara), I have spent most of my working life as an Environmental Analyst including 15 years as a Programme Specialist and finally as a Director with UNESCO.
In all my years working with the highest International policy levels dealing with environmental management relating to Human System I have never encountered any regulatory document anywhere that even vaguely approaches the detail present in this document. The time taken to draft this cunningly contrived control mechanism would run into hundreds of thousands of person-hours. The cost of drafting anything like this complex control mechanism would be VAST, probably running into the millions of dollars. The scope of the document is absolutely incredible. It allows for the state to absolutely deploy its full capacity to control even the minutest levels of food and food-related components. If desired, this could even include a food-plan to cover what one might feed a dinner guest along with the associated proscriptions and punishments that might be involved in case of deviations therefrom. I say “allows” because everything and almost any related thing can be “allowed” by the Minister (or not), in addition to the thousands of specific conditions cited.
This is a comprehensive control-mechanism pure and simple. Its political purpose is clear: the source of funding to support drafting the template for this item are quite clear and many people have already alluded to this in the comment-stream above. What kinds of free-trade agreements do you think will develop with this sort of thing as the back-stop? True, it allows for rules and procedures to be formulated to help ensure that the food one buys is “safe” but that is not the primary intent of Bill 160-2 at all. Nothing other than the full and explicit control of society is intended through so called “food management”. Food (energy) is the fundamental ecological choke-point that governs all living systems….. Think about it folks.
NZ Food Security: for “source of funding etc” as above see Codex Alimentarius on youtube etc and at www.nzfoodsecurity.org/codex-nz. Also research the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Finally, we will say this: this man is brave. We thank him.
Counter the propaganda
1 Copy and paste all the text in this entry into an email message.
2 Copy the list of media addresses below into the “To” field for the email. If you’re using webmail don’t do more than 100 at a time, if Outlook Express do no more than 500. That’s why the list is broken up.
3 CC the email to your contacts for greater spread.
4 Put something about the Food Bill and Expert Opinion in the subject line. Mix it up so their system admins don’t block the message by subject line.
5 Hit send.
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