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Why a GM-free SA? Facts and fairness forum

Sunday 30 March, 2014

Doors open 6.00PM, Talks start 6.30PM

Venue: The Market Shed 1 Holland St, Adelaide


What’s on your plate? Are you eating Genetically Modified Food?

Local and international experts will present information on the global issue of Genetically Modified

Food – what it is, how it affects the environment and agriculture, and its impact on our health and

wellbeing. With personal video presentations sent for SA from:

International experts:

Dr Vandana Shiva, world-renowned Indian scientist, author of more than 20 books, advocate for agro-ecology and GM-free farming systems, and board member of the International Forum on Globalization.

Jeffrey Smith, pre-eminent US communicator on the dangers of GM crops and foods, and GM-free advocate. Author of ‘Seeds of Deception’ and ‘Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods’. Founder and Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Local Guest Speaker:

Jim Mitchell, SA Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN) www.sagfin.org.au Jim has 35 years experience and active involvement with environmental and health matters. His presentation is: GM Myths and Truths.

Evening format:

1 hr of videos, ½ hr break, then local speaker gives 25 min talk and a Q& A. Finish: by 9.00PM.

We recommend an early dinner or bring along a sandwich. The evening is informal.

Q & A Feel free to bring your questions for the Q&A at the end.

Tea, coffee, cake available for sale – from 6.00PM and during the break

Seating is limited, so please BYO folding chair, in case.

Donations are welcome and will help spread the message.

Co-presented by Food Matters Onkaparinga, SA Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN), Green Light Network and the Regional Food Industry Association.

Co-presented by Food Matters Onkaparinga, SA Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN), Green Light Network and the Regional Food Industry Association.

Note: this event is a replacement for the cancelled UniSA event scheduled for March 5th with the Hawke Centre.… Read more >>

Radioactive Exposure Tour April 2014

radioactive exposure

12 to 27 April 2014 to the heart of the nuclear industry and back!

Since the 1980s, the “Rad Tour” has taken thousands of people to the heart of the Australian nuclear industry, exposing the realities of “radioactive racism” and the environmental impacts of uranium mining.

In 2014, we’re going all the way to the NT to meet and support the Traditional Owners resisting a radioactive waste dump on their country. The Muckaty mob have been fighting the dump for over 7 years and are taking their challenge to the Federal Court in June 2014.

Travelling from Melbourne we’ll stop in Adelaide and Port Augusta, to meet some of the women involved in the Irati Wanti campaign and the Gugada Tent Embassy. At Woomera we’ll hear a history of the British atomic tests of the 50s and 60s from nuclear veteran and whistleblower Avon Hudson. We’ll travel through Kokatha and Arabunna country, visit the Olympic Dam uranium mine and spend time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott.

We’ll witness sunset over Lake Eyre and the unique and fragile ecosystems of the Mound Springs, which have been devastated by the colossal water usage of the Olympic Dam mine. As we continue north to Alice Springs we’ll stop by Pine Gap to consider the Australian government’s complicity in the US war-machine and the outdated notion of “extended nuclear deterrence”. We’ll meet more inspiring people with a long history opposing the nuclear industry and the NT Intervention in Alice Springs before continuing to Tennant Creek to support the Muckaty mob in their struggle against a radioactive waste dump.

Along the way participants will get to experience affinity groups, desert camping, vegetarian cooking and a temporary community. Not to mention some of the most stunning and ecologically significant environments in Australia. The 2014 Tour is longer than usual to account for the extra distance.… Read more >>

Successful ANFA 2013 conference

The 2013 meeting of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) was successfully held on the weekend of October 25-27 on the land of the Peramangk people in the Adelaide Hills. The Alliance brought together Aboriginal people, environment and health groups and trade union representatives concerned about uranium and nuclear projects.

Thank you to attendees from the Aboriginal nations and NGOs from around Australia. A huge thank you to the wonderful volunteers who made the conference possible.  A full report is at the ANFA WebsiteRead more >>

Farming the City


An exploration into building sustainable food production in Adelaide with visionary farmer Michael Ableman


The award-winning ‘Beyond Organic: The Vision of Fairview Gardens’ tells the story of an urban farm in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate in the US. Managed by Michael Ableman for 20 years, this 12-acre organic farm has become a model of sustainable food production and community involvement. Free entry.

7.00-9.00pm, Tuesday 17 April 2012

Woodville Town Hall, 74 Woodville Road, Woodville


Drawing on his experiences as both a rural and urban farmer, Michael Ableman will lead a free, full-day workshop and discussion on the challenges, myths, strategies, structures, and methods for creating vibrant food production enterprises in and around our cities.

9.00am-5.00pm, Wednesday 18 April 2012

Henley Town Hall, 378 Seaview Road, Henley Beach

This event now has only a few seats remaining. To book your place, please email adelaide.office@foe.org.au, with a contact number, and indicate whether you’d like to pay for a catered lunch and snacks ($20).

MICHAEL ABLEMAN is a farmer, author, and photographer. He is the founder and executive director emeritus of The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, one of the oldest and most diverse organic farms in southern California. Ableman is currently directing SOLEfood, an urban agriculture enterprise established in Vancouver, British Columbia, to provide employment to individuals experiencing poverty and addiction. He is the author and photographer of numerous books. He lives and farms at the historic 120 acre Foxglove Farm, where he also directs the Center For Arts, Ecology, and Agriculture.

Presented by Friends of the Earth Adelaide, the City of Charles Sturt, Slow Food Adelaide & Barossa, the Permaculture Association of SA, Grange Organic & Sustainable Market and Transition Adelaide WestRead more >>