Whistle Blowers Receive Award from CJFE

November 24, 2012 2:21 pm
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Whistleblower awardOn November 24, three former Health Canada scientists, famous for refusing to approve bovine growth hormone and other drugs for consumption in Canada, were honoured at the 14th annual award ceremony by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)

Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC’s “The Current” was the host, and the recipients were Shiv Chopra, Margret Haydon, and Gerard Lambert, who had worked together at Health Canada to uphold the Food and Drugs Act and spent a decade trying to prevent carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting drugs from entering Canada’s food supply.

For their determination to save us from our government’s disregard for the health of its citizens, then Prime Minister Paul Martin fired them in 2004 for “insubordination.” Mainly due to these Canadian scientists, who blew the whistle right around the globe, these drugs were stopped worldwide.

Dr. Chopra, in a CBC interview prior to the award ceremony, made the point that in a democracy we all must insist on “re-occupying our bodies” and refusing this corporate trespass. It is now generally known that we eat, drink, breathe and handle materials all day long that contain thousands of toxic substances or radiate us with DNA-zapping microwaves about which we were never informed and for which we never gave permission to be used in us.

Shiv Chopra’s book, Corrupt to the Core – Memoirs of A Health Canada Whistleblower, tells the story of how successive governments, led by Health Canada, colluded with drug manufacturers (in complete violation of the law) to allow harmful chemicals into our food supply, and how many of them were stopped here and abroad. That book, which was also distributed in India, was key in establishing an indefinite moratorium on GM foods in that country last year.

The struggle is certainly not over against those corporate bullies who trespass against our bodies, but India has begun the re-occupation process by suing Monsanto for attempting to force GM vegetables onto its people, calling it “bio-piracy.” Similarly, in November a Canadian court ordered Health Canada to study the impact of Monsanto’s pesticide Roundup (glyphosate) on amphibians, especially frogs. Biological integrity depends on the context in which it evolved and thrives. Personal autonomy is not possible without the protection of the web of life. Whatever causes the frogs to die out will undoubtedly kill us too.