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Little things on a Big Day

There are a lot of "days" out there but for us this one's a biggie - on Thursday the 5th it's World Environment Day.   The first WED was in 1973 and unlike National Iced Tea Day it's no shameless marketing creation, although I have been inspired by National Sneak a Zucchini onto your Neighbour's Porch Day - I kid you not it's a thing. 

Anyway distractions aside, for World Environment Day at CERES we're not into grand gestures, no speeches or politicians launching initiatives just the kind of practical, positive hands-on sort of things that we do every day of the year.

Here's the program;
 
At the Market and Shop (for the kids)
10am-12pm
Plant feijoa trees. Plant seeds in newspaper pots to take home.
Dance to live music.
 
Outside the Visitor’s Centre (share your message)
11am-12:30pm
Raise your voice and paint or write your message for the future on the CERES banner.  Nancy (an amazing artist) will be there to help so please pop over to share your message.
Also add your message with chalk to the Countdown to Climate Change fence.
 
Nursery (score some seeds)
All day
Score yourself some CERES collected seeds for your garden



Farmer Steve Marsh Loses GMO Contamination Case

 

 

On Wednesday the verdict came in on the landmark case of WA organic grower, Steve Marsh, who lost his organic certification after his land was contaminated by GM canola from his neighbour, Michael Baxter’s farm.   Even though it was proved that GM canola plants had come from Marsh's neighbour, Justice Kenneth Martin determined that Baxter was within his rights to harvest his crop in a way that would spread GM seed over his boundary and that it was the certifying body, NASAA, who was in the wrong for decertifying Steve Marsh's land.

When GM crops were approved State Governments made no provision for scenarios where a non-GM farmer and a GM farmer were in dispute over contamination.  They have simply left it up to the courts to decide and in this case where everyone believed they did the right thing it's turned into a complete mess.  The end result is a life-long friendship is ruined, Michael Baxter's marriage has broken down under the strain, both parties have lost significant time and money and non-GM farmers across Australia have no idea where they stand in all this.

The rub to this decision is now some GM crops are legal in Australia organic certification bodies, like NASAA, and organic consumers are being pushed to accept a level of GMO contamination in organic foods and adjust their standards to fit.  NASAA says they're open to changing the standards but will be lead by consumer demands.  The ball is in now our court and if you'd like to share your consumer demands with NASAA here's their email address enquiries@nasaa.com.au     We'll keep you posted.  If you'd like to know more about GMO's in Australia check out Melbourne's own MADGE
 

Food Host Needed in South Yarra


Like to help build a fair food system and you live in South Yarra?  We're looking for a new Food Host in South Yarra.  If you're keen you'll need a helpful disposition and an accessible, sheltered spot that Fair Food members can pick up their orders from once a week.  Jesse Hull, our friendly logistics manager, will provide you with Food Host training and guidance.  Contact him on jesse@ceresfairfood.org.au for more information.


Have a great week

Chris
 

 

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