Food

Agroecology recognized as the solution

Agroecology recognized as the transformative solution for a food system in crisis by experts at UN

07 November, 2019

Civil society representatives from around the world successfully put agroecology on the agenda of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security, as the truly innovative pathway to resolving environmental, hunger, health and inequality crises, and ensuring the right to food.

This year’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS), 14-18 October in Rome, was held in the context of deepening crises. World hunger and malnutrition are on the rise. Since 2015, the number of people without access to sufficient, nutritious food has been increasing. Over 800 million people — that’s one in every nine of us on Earth — experienced severe levels of food insecurity in 2018. Alongside this, malnutrition due to obesity is soaring, now at over two billion people. At the same time, the industrial food system is now recognized as a leading contributor to the multiple crises facing humanity.

The CFS is the foremost inclusive, intergovernmental and international political platform on food security and nutrition, with a vision to foster the right to adequate food for all. Since 2009, the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) organizes the participation of civil society representatives – namely smallholder farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, agricultural and food workers, landless, women, youth, consumers, urban food insecure and NGOs. It is the largest international space of civil society organisations working to eradicate food insecurity and malnutrition.

“Here people from the global South, from the grassroots, come together with allies like Friends of the Earth International and La Via Campesina, to transform our messages into a political dimension, which we can take to negotiations with member governments.”

Bertrand Sansonnens, Pro Natura-Friends of the Earth Switzerland

“There are two words that people must always respect to be a good advocate within civil society: inclusiveness and solidarity.

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Government announces deregulation of risky new GM techniques

Government announces deregulation of risky new GM techniques the day before the election is called
Apr 18, 2019

On the day before the Federal election was called, the Government quietly announced changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations that will allow a raft of new genetically modified (GM) animals, plants and microbes to enter our environment and food chain with no safety assessment and potentially no labelling.

These include super-muscly pigs, non-browning mushrooms, and wheat with powdery mildew-resistance.

The deregulation comes as a new study adds to the growing body of evidence that new GM techniques such as CRISPR are not as safe as claimed.

The study found that in 50 per cent of the cells looked at, the use of CRISPR resulted in unexpected effects, including the production of new proteins.

There is a risk that these proteins could be novel toxins or allergens. It is vital that GM animals, plants and microbes produced in this way are assessed for safety before being released into our environment and our food supply.

Commenting on the new study, London-based molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou said, “The discoveries described in this study add to the increasing number of ways in which gene editing can go wrong. Regulators need to fully take on board these and other findings of off- and on-target unexpected outcomes from gene editing and subject all products produced with these methods to a comprehensive health risk assessment before considering market approval.”Read more >>

10th national GM Free Aus Alliance Conference: Feb 10th & 11th

You are invited to express your interest

Participate in the 10th national GMFAA Conference

9am Saturday Feb 10 to 5pm Sunday Feb 11,
at the Joinery,111 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000.
Join delegates from WA, SA, Tas and Victoria.
Express interest and we’ll send you the whole agenda.
More information:
GMFAA Coordinator, Jessica Harrison
GM-Free Australia Alliance Inc www.gmfreeaustralia.org.au
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The Latest on GM Free Campaigns * Sat Feb 10th

GM-Free Australia Alliance
invites you to network with
SA and interstate GM-free campaigners

Saturday 10th February, 3-5pm at the Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Threats of new GM techniques and products: with Louise Sales, FoE
  • GM-free SA successes: where to from here? Bring your ideas!
  • Promote local GM-free farms and foods, for local, Australian and export markets
  • Network with allies in seed saving/food/environment organisations
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SA GM-free Election Forum — Mon 12 Feb

Bob Phelps writes:
Hello all SA GM-free supporters:
Please come to hear your politicians speak and answer your questions on GM-free before the election. 
Please also share this message with your family and friends. We really need a full house!!
   Candidates pitch their policies on GM-free SA and GM generally.
        You quiz them on the actions their Parties will take after the election.

Where:    Carl Linger Hall
Level 1, The German Club

223 Flinders Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

When:   6.45pm for a 7pm start on Monday February 12, 2018
How:    7 pm  The moderator introduces the evening.
7.10   Each candidate has 10 minutes to explain policy on SA GM-free.

7.50   Audience and moderator Q&A.

8.45   Summations, closing remarks and thanks.

Speakers:
Ag Minister Leon Bignell (ALP),
David Ridgway (Libs),
Mark Parnell (Greens),
Nick Xenophon (SA Best).

Make your free bookings here to secure a seat:
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