I have had a look over the forum and I have not found any comment on the subjects in the title, as this is of great importance to growers and any one who is interested in self-sufficiency and genuine sustainability.
Codex Aliamentarius, is the UN, FAO/WHO plan for food control under the guise of 'food safety'. There are many articles on the internet about this nasty bit of HARMonization of 'International Standards'. Ian Crane gives a good short talk here:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99IcZ1TtD_E
If you think it can't affect us here in Ireland-think again, it has already started to be implemented in New Zealand (A similar agriculture based economy) and the EU has already brought in vitamin controls, also our 'wonderful' government has allowed raw milk sales to be banned-madness!
However, if you think this is bad, bear with me! UN Agenda 21, which appears again on the surface to be a good thing promoting environmental protection is simply a 'cover story' for further food and land use restrictions, this video gives an overview of the hidden agenda:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEEgtOFFlM
How bad can this be? Well; after over 3 years research of this (and many other areas of concern to people who believe fundamentally in freedom) honestly, unless people start to understand the problem that we will be presented with, it will be very bad. In America, where this agenda is well advanced at this stage, raw milk dairies have been raided at gunpoint as have farmers markets, interesting insights here:- http://www.nourishingnancy.com/ . All this is being driven from behind the scenes by a cabal of Bankers and wanted criminals like Henry Kissinger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ubKH4PRSOY who believes us to be nothing more than 'useless eaters' and is quoted as saying,'control oil and you control nations, control the food and you control the people'.
So, what is this all really about? Control, hegemonic control of every aspect of human existence by the establishment of global governance, an important part of this is food control, through the food chain populations can be manipulated by additives, as has been done with Fluoride in the water supply, which while the front story is to protect the teeth of the populace, the back story is to toxify the mind and body causing a lowering of IQ and passification (this was actually discovered by the Nazis and utilized in the death camps to keep people manageable http://www.greaterthings.com/Lexicon/F/Fluoride.htm ).
It is understood by some researchers that there is a 'written in stone' manifesto that exists in Elberton County Georgia known as the Guide Stones http://www.radioliberty.com/stones.htm logically population control and reproductive control could be achieved cheaply and effectively through the food chain. It is easy to see that food control would be used as a means of social engineering, this may be already happening with the proliferation of Aspartame in soft drinks. Aspartame is an exciteotoxin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqIFDoOwSFM
Please do not just accept what I'm saying here, do some research yourself, as I can not present the whole picture here, there are many other aspects to this that need to be understood.
Thank you for your interest!