GM-Free Australia Alliance
invites you to network with
SA and interstate GM-free campaigners
- 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
Hello all SA GM-free supporters:
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.
Ag Minister Leon Bignell (ALP),
David Ridgway (Libs),
Mark Parnell (Greens),
Nick Xenophon (SA Best).
Civil society representatives firmly rejected genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as a means of addressing world food security at a recent Food and Agriculture Organization meeting in Malaysia. The event was funded by the pro-GM US, Canadian and Australian Governments.
Civil society representatives from the Global South rejected the premise of the event that improved access to agricultural biotechnologies are needed to help defeat hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the Asia-Pacific region.
The focus of the discussion was supposed to be on sustainable food systems for small farmers – not on increasing yields to generate more money from small pieces of land. However, the majority of the supposed ‘solutions’ presented at the meeting were GMOs – including many new GM techniques still at proof of concept stage that have not been subject to any kind of safety assessment.
It’s been over 20 years since the introduction of the first GM crops to Australia and the majority of our food remains GM free.
However, the GM crop industry has a plan. Aided and abetted by the Federal Government they have four key objectives this year:
- Ensure that new GM techniques such as CRISPR are not regulated as GMOs – so they can use them in our food with no safety testing and no labelling.
- Remove the ability of states to introduce GM crop bans – so they can introduce GM wheat unobstructed.
- Remove GM labelling so they can sneak GMOs into our food without us knowing – even more than they already do.
- Allow GM contamination in organics – so we are really unable to avoid GMOs in food.
In the past couple of years a Government Inquiry into Agricultural Innovation and a Productivity Commission report into the Regulation of Australian Agriculture made precisely these recommendations.… Read more >>