Most people in Europe are completely unaware of the fact that the health information on the food products they consume is censored, controlled and issued by the European Bureaucracy. The European Union censors the vast body of knowledge concerning our traditional and experiential knowledge about the benefits of what we eat and drink as well as the information that has been steadily produced by the scientific community ever since “science” began taking an interest in our food’s health effects.
Table of contents
- European Union controls ‘health information’
- Dietary Choices ? Forget it !
- “We” are too stupid …
- The awful European Health Claims Regulation
- You play no role whatsoever
- It’s all Smoke and Mirrors
- Food manufacturers are mouthcapped
- Antipathy against “commercial communication”
- Violation of fundamental rights
- Expropriating you as owner of your health
- Dietary Slavery
European Union controls ‘health information’
Consumers don’t have any idea that “food business operators,” the companies that make and make available our daily food, are no longer the source of the information concerning the benefits of the foods we consume. The Union controls practically all the information that food-producers may share with their customers and that, vice versa, these customers may receive from the manufacturers. However, in the manufacturer-consumer relationship, the Union is completely invisible as the exclusive and controlling source of health information.
Dietary Choices ? Forget it !
Supposedly, “we” have entrusted the European Union with the task of silencing the food industry, i.e. of preventing “us” from hearing what the food industry has to say about its products, and of censoring all the traditional and scientific information that concerns the relationship between our food and our health. Supposedly, the Union’s censoring of the information serves the purpose of “helping us” to make correct, i.e. Union-approved, dietary choices when we are exposed to what the Union describes as the “commercial communication” that accompanies foods.
“We” are too stupid …
Presumably, “we” consider ourselves unfit, incapable and too stupid to make correct dietary choices when “we” link the foods we select to the uncensored information that still reaches us via newspapers, magazines, neighbours, books, webpages [such as this one], friends, tv- and radio-programmes, doctors, journals, dietitians, …. etc. The food industry, however, is not permitted to actively assist us in making the connection between its products and what we know and would like to know about their health benefits. The Union has erected an “iron curtain” between what we know and the Union-approved “commercial” information that food business operators may relay in the marketing of foods.
So, here’s the European Health Claims Regulation of 2006. In its Recital 16, the EU’s legislators figured that “[i]t is important that claims on foods can be understood by the consumer and it is appropriate to protect all consumers from misleading claims.” Under cover of this honorable goal, the “Regulation takes as a benchmark the average consumer, who is reasonably well-informed and reasonably observant and circumspect, taking into account social, cultural and linguistic factors, as interpreted by the Court of Justice, […]” But, if that were really true, why would these attentive, observant and circumspect consumers, such as yourselves, need the protection organized by the Brussels’ bureaucrats ? The answer is simple. This is to control you, not to inform you.
You play no role whatsoever
When push comes to shove, that benchmark-consumer doesn’t play any role whatsoever in the censoring of the vast amount of valuable information that is available about nutrition and health. The benchmark that does play the determining role is described in the Regulation as follows: “Scientific substantiation should be the main aspect to be taken into account for the use of nutrition and health claims and the food business operators using claims should justify them. A claim should be scientifically substantiated by taking into account the totality of the available scientific data, and by weighing the evidence.” That sounds great, but, the trick applied here is that “scientific evaluation” shall replace the evaluation that takes as its benchmark the level of knowledge present in the average well-informed, reasonably observant and circumspect consumer. This is how you’ve been kicked out of the game. From here on, you must rely on scientists and politicians who will tell you what to eat and what not to eat, what’s good for you and what’s bad.
It’s all Smoke and Mirrors
You see, the “average consumer” benchmark is a legal benchmark that has been developed and steadily applied by the European Court of Justice in numerous cases. It forms a key element in European case law. It existed well before the enactment of the Health Claims Regulation and offered guidance to the food industry in composing food-labels, -packagings and –advertisements. As a result, it brought consumers an appropriate and proportionate level of protection against nonsense and misleading information. But because the European Union substituted this legal benchmark for “scientific substantiation,” those labels, packagings and advertisements now form an arid, sterile and infertile field where truthful information that well-informed, reasonably observant and circumspect consumers would consider relevant for their health and that of their children may no longer grow.
Food manufacturers are mouthcapped
When food manufacturers may not link their products to the “nutrition and health” information that we constantly receive, store, duplicate, comprehend and relay in our daily lives, it becomes more difficult - if not impossible – for us to make our own dietary choices. The Union’s scientifically and politically controlled labels, packagings and advertisements offer us no clues when we seek to make a dietary choice based on the uncensored and unauthorized information that constantly surrounds us in abundance. Instead of what it claims, the Health Claims Regulation prohibits you from making correct dietary choices because it ignores and disqualifies what you know and can know about the benefits of foods.
Antipathy against “commercial communication”
The Health Claims Regulation fosters incorrect dietary choices because, contrary to what they claim, its authors and supporters did not have the interest of consumers in mind. Driven by their antipathy against “commercial communication” and their libido to dominate and coerce the food industry, they had their attention narrowly and obsessively focused on product-labels, packagings and advertisements. What YOU know about the benefits of foods had to be ignored and deleted from their plans to take control of your dietary choices. What you, as reasonably well-informed, reasonably observant and circumspect consumers, know about nutrition and health has been condescendingly discarded as irrelevant, incorrect, misleading and unworthy of being connected with your foods unless censored and authorized by the European bureaucracy.
Violation of fundamental rights
The European Union is meddling with your dietary choices and your health in an unprecedented way. In the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Article 3 provides with regard to the Right to the integrity of the person that “Everyone has the right to respect for his or her physical and mental integrity.” In the fields of medicine and biology, “the free and informed consent of the person concerned, according to the procedures laid down by law” is one of the principles that must be respected in particular. In the Charter, the Union confirms the ancient wisdom that we are the owners of our physical and mental “person.” Our health forms part of the persons we are. Therefore, we own our health.
Expropriating you as owner of your health
The essence of ownership and the right to integrity is exclusion. As owners of our health, we may exclude others from meddling with our health, unless we, as individual persons, give our free and informed consent to another person to cross the borderline that demarcates the integrity of our person. By enacting the Health Claims Regulation, the Union not only demolished our fundamental freedom to receive uncensored yet truthful and relevant information about the health benefits of foods, it also violated our physical and mental integrity by expropriating us as the owners of our health and placing it under Union-control.
Depriving a person of the ownership in his or her health is the hallmark of slavery. The system of slavery denies that a person has the liberty to exclude another from meddling with the enjoyment of what the European Charter describes as our physical and mental integrity. If we want to reclaim our health and the integrity of our person, we should take aim at the Health Claims Regulation as the “iron curtain” that prohibits the making of the dietary choices we want to make on the basis of what we know about the benefits of foods. It produces slavery. Dietary slavery.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2020.