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Codex doesn't want you to know what's in your food?

(April 12, 2002 CropChoice opinion) The United Nations panel that promulgates international food trade standards the Codex Alimentarius Commission dismissed European Union proposals that producers fully track all genetically modified food ingredients. Fred Pearce wrote in the New Scientist magazine that the Codex ruling means that, as a consumer, you essentially have "no right to know where the food you eat ultimately comes from."

Staunch agricultural biotechnology supporter Dale Adolphe, president of the Canadian Seed Growers Association and former president of the Canola Council of Canada, would probably regard this as a great development. Consider his statement in the April 4 edition of The Western Producer: "Its a hell of a thing to say that the way we win is dont give the consumer a choice, but that might be it."