Bacterial outbreak as conspiracy resonates with some expats

Some who come to Costa Rica as expats do so to escape Big Government, Big Business and a host of other modern limitations that the refugees see as limitations on their freedom.

So when an unknown super bacteria, a version of E. coli, breaks out in Germany, some expats tend to see a conspiracy. The conspiracy flames are fanned as European Union ministers meet to quell the controversy, and scientists say it is possible that they may never know the exact source of this E. coli outbreak.

There is no surprise that readers reacted to the news from Germany with suggestions that “it was clear from the beginning that foul play was behind the outbreak.” That was the view of Axel Marquardt, a Costa Rican resident who happens to be in Hamburg, Germany, now.

A La Garita reader suggested that editors read a Natural News article by editor Mike Adams, who characterized the deadly bacteria as something deliberately bioengineered.

Meanwhile, as European agriculture ministers hold the emergency meeting about the continent’s spiraling E. coli outbreak, Spain is demanding full compensation to its farmers, after Spanish cucumbers were incorrectly identified as the bacteria’s source.

Even as scientists still scramble to diagnose the origin, experts say this outbreak’s legacy could be the huge furor over mistaken claims and compensation from the European Union. A top World Heath Organization official says the source of Germany’s deadly E. coli outbreak may never be known. Dr. Guenael Rodier, the organization’s director of communicable diseases, said that investigators must find the culprit within a week. He says after that, it would become difficult to link patients with what they ate. Rodier says the contaminated vegetables have probably already disappeared from the market.

First it was cucumbers from Spain, then bean sprouts from Germany that fell under suspicion. But European Union officials acknowledge they still do not know the precise source that has killed at least 23 people, mostly in Germany.

The European agriculture commission has proposed a $220-million (150-million euro) aid package for farmers across Europe. That figure, if approved, would cover
barely half of Spain’s losses so far. European officials are trying to calm hysteria over further danger from E. coli.

The hysteria dovetails nicely with the mindset of many expats who already have made their position known on such innovations as genetically modified food and the so-called Codex Alimentarius, the World Trade Organization regulations concerning food.

Opponents see the Codex as an attack against natural foods, organic vegetables and self-medication with herbs and less than mainstream chemicals.

Marquardt is well known for being less than diplomatic when giving his views. He said in his email:

“They are targeting natural food stores and organic food producers. The agenda of the criminal elite requires all that is beneficial to people’s health be radiated as they are doing in California now with fruits and nuts. What finally you are observing is the implementation of ‘Codex Alimentarius’ effective since Jan. 1, 2010, and signed by practically every nation on earth without any of the puppet politicians knowing – as always – what they were doing (well, I guess, some were…). The EU has outlawed natural medicine and healing already and in the U.S. they have just raided a company SWAT style for claiming health benefits of their elderberries which are a super-food containing most antioxidants of all fruits on the planet.”

Expats need not travel far to find educated support for that point of view.

The Natural Solutions Foundation is in Chiriquí Province, Panamá, and is directed by a U.S.-trained medical doctor and a retired U.S. major general. The physician, Rima E. Laibow. is a foe of World Trade Organization control of food regulations and is a frequent speaker on the topic. She maintains this Web site.

The foundation’s mission is to discover, develop, document, demonstrate and disseminate natural solutions to the issues which threaten our health, food and freedom, achieving and maintaining a healthy self, community and world.

With weekend ferias of fresh produce and the year-round opportunity for gardening, expats here are perhaps closer to food issues than others elsewhere. But then there is a whole other segment of residents here who discard the notion of world dominance via food and see the German outbreak simply as international terrorism rather than an agricultural mishap. They have not sent any emails.

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