EU bureaucrats make more sweeping statements regarding our food

Friday 21st December 2012

  • A Latest EU legislation says fruit and veg arenít proven to help you...
  • ...they also reckon the sky ainít up, gravity is a myth...
  • ...and that they can scare me! Well theyíre wrong Ė find out why!

Jaw dropping isnít the word for it.

The latest news from Brussels will make your ears steam, your toes curl and, in the Collins household at least, turn the air blue.

Last week they decided to pass into law something which defies logic.

In fact, it could be said that they have outlawed common sense and basic wisdom.

The flunkies and idiots of the chambers of doom in the hallowed halls of officialdom have made it a requirement that the simplest of logic now requires scientific proof.

I could go on, but I suppose I had better explain myself.

Back in 2006 there were a collection of self important numbskulls who took it upon themselves to act to protect the population of Europe from neíer-do-wells and snake oil salesmen.

They decided that the world of pharmaceutical knowledge, backed by prodigious amounts of money, knew best about looking after us Ė and anything else was to be classed as witchcraft and heresy.

In the beginning they targeted some of the low life companies who were offering rare and exotic ways to part the unwary from their cash.

These were the types who advertised in the Sunday supplements in tiny box adverts offering improbable cures for cancer, hair loss and imminent death.

I think that the bureaucrats were right to close these folk down.

Next they turned their death ray onto the purveyors of clone Viagra, stimulants and natural products creating psychedelic highs.

Once again the commission was pushing at an open door with me.

On they charged and began to seek out companies who were knocking up herbal remedies in their sheds, the types who consider the occasional rat dropping as extra fibre, and contamination with fungal spores as extra potency to their brew!

No argument from me at this point Ė if I buy a natural remedy I donít necessarily want first hand exposure to the bubonic plague to prove it was a valid cure in the Middle Ages.

But they have gone too far now.

A line drawn

Just so that you understand how stupid the terms of this latest legislation are, here are a few highlights to savour. They say:

- there is no evidence that a diet rich in fruit is healthy for your heart

- no product can claim to lower cholesterol

- probiotics are unproven as a health asset, although you are allowed to say that you are selling yoghurt with micro-organisms in it

- fresh vegetables do not contribute to health

- glucosamine has only been tested on people with bad joints, not healthy people, so it can't claim to help

- antioxidants offer no proven health benefits.

...And the list goes on.

This is the stuff that we all know about (although we actually know that the opposite is true), can attest as being fact and even see our government health ministers trot out as sound bites Ö but it is now subject to legal challenge.

Granny Collins must be spinning in her grave faster than a wind turbine in a gale.

As a result of the latest legislation, anyone thinking that common sense is reasonable faces being clapped in irons and slapped around the head with Brussels gobbledegook.

The politicos have gone too far.

In the recent past they have attacked my views on honey, even sending a crack team from trading standards in to raid our office because we said it might help heal you.

They have put pressure on similar sites as the Good Life Letter to toe the line when they started to tell the truth about big pharmaceutical companies failings.

On occasion they have even succeeded in getting natural products withdrawn from sale completely because they claim that they are so powerful they count as medicines. (Donít believe me? Remember what happened to Artrosilium

It might spoil my Christmas but Iím making a stand

Lara isnít going to like this as it means me retiring to my study for some furious research, but Iím not taking this lying down.

I intend to take up the fight and make a stand for common sense, carry a torch for the knowledge that my Nan passed down to me Ė and poke the eye of the pencil jockeys.

Maybe I stand to be beaten down, after all Iím the little guy in this, but Iím not without a voice.

Over the next month or so I will be delving into the ancient wisdoms of folklore, herb lore and pub gossip to bring out the real story.

I want to draw out the ingrained, nuts and bolts, common knowledge that sits at the very centre of our lives when it comes to natural health Ė and in particular food.

I touched on this in Season to Taste when I listed out the nutritional attributes and health benefits of each seasonal food, and showed what medical conditions were supported by particular ingredients.

But now Iím going to write the book of common sense collecting together the details of the real everyday superfoods.

I intend to list out the kind of facts that our forebears understood about each and every one of them.

This, of course, puts me on a collision course with the misery makers at the heart of our continent, but guess what? I donít give a monkeys!

I have rarely been so angry... this space!

Yours, as always






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