Below is a story that appeared in Sky News today. I will comment afterwards
Venezuela Bans Coke Zero Over Health Fears
Thursday, June 11 02:28 pm
The government, led by Hugo Chavez, ordered the removal of the soft drink from stores while its ingredients are investigated.
Health minister Jesus Mantilla said: “The product should be withdrawn from circulation to preserve the health of Venezuelans.”
He did not specify which ingredients were causing concern or what health risks they posed.
Coca Cola and its Mexican-based bottling company, Femsa, said in a joint statement: “Coca Cola Zero is made under the highest quality standards around the world and meets the sanitary requirements demanded by the laws of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”
The zero calorie drink, which has been sold in Venezuela since April, contains artificial sweeteners.
Coca Cola said at the launch it aimed to increase its market share for low calorie drinks by 200%.
Venezuela’s anti-capitalist government took the decision to block the product at a time of increased scrutiny of businesses.
The South American oil exporter has nationalised several oil service operations, including projects run by US firms Williams Companies and Exterran.
What do you see here when you read this article?
Most people only ever get their government’s official propoganda version about Venezuela and countries like it around the world, through the controlled corporate media reading government press office statements. They might tell you Chavez is a communist dictator and holds tyrranical control, who now even bans the people from enjoying western products. Sound familiar? You will notice by the way Fox… erm…. Sky News reports it that they always try and personalize the issue to Chavez (“the government, led by Hugo Chavez”) so as to maintain the bogeyman factor they always use on you to garner support for your government’s eventual ilegal removal of him from his democratically elected office.
Well what is really going on here?
OK first the background
Venezuela elected Chavez with a sweeping populist grassroots movement organizing at local levels countrywide, getting two thirds of the vote in an overwhelming rebuttal of previous politicians who pander to western powers and businesses above the needs of the ordinary Venezuelans. This was done despite a concerted effort by the CIA to smear Chavez and destabilize the elections by instigating riots and shootings and creating fake news footage, which was uncovered by accident by an Irish TV documentary film crew caught in the crossfire and broadcast all over Europe.
The new government reversed a lot of the previous corrupt contracts that multinationals had secured and stopped the profit from the country’s valuable resources flooding out of the country into private foreign hands. More importantly they stopped selling oil in dollars which has always helped prop up the bankrupt US economy which spends more than it earns.
When you look at it this way it seems that they have gone about wresting control of the country back from the corporations and given it back to the population. To me this doesn’t seem to be the actions of a so called (in our press) “dictator”. It seems a very reasonable and noble and even brave act, to take these people on for the good of the many over the wealth of the few. It seems obvious to me that the reason a man like Chavez is vilified in our press is because he stands up to big foreign corporation in a way long forgotten by our governments who now even allow those corporations to write our laws and control our governments
This story about banning Coke Zero should not be looked at with the propogandist, capitalism is good for you, slant that our media will put on. It should be looked at in terms of the Venezuelan government is actually doing something that our governments are too afraid to do either through fear or complicity, and that is to investigate the poisonous nature of some of our food and drink products.
Our governments do everything in their power to stifle any investigation into foods that independent studies have shown to contain poisons or have detrimental effects on our health because our representatives all recieve funding from the corporations that make them. Here we see the Venezuelan government taking the side of public health against a major corporation’s main product in light of all the independent evidence for damaging effects and has ordered an “official” investigation. Something our governments wont afford us.
You may not be aware but some of the independant studies on a product like Coke Zero have thrown up issues like these
– the discovery of pesticide being put into Cola in India causing illness and death
– the discovery that the artificial sweetener (aspartame) may be responsible for brain damage, brain tumors, blindness, sudden death syndrome, kidney damage, addiction; due to the breakdown of the unstable chemicals into methanol and formaldehyde
– the detrimental effect of carbonated drinks on teeth enamel
In my opinion, every country should be doing the same as Venezuela and representing the people who elect them and not the companies who fund them. I really hope the results of this study are soon availlable and published worldwide so the world can see the damage that our governments allow and even encourage these companies to inflict on us. No doubt our media will say the findings are rubbish or propoganda or not medically sound, like they do with everything that contradicts their agenda