I can stay quiet no longer. No food shall be grown

Two really important matters have come to light recently that warrant your attention.

The first is an application by Monsanto to FSANZ (Food Safety Australia New Zealand) to amend the Food Standard to permit the sale and use of food derived from soybean line MON87769. This is a new variety of soybean that is genetically modified (GM) to produce stearidonic acid (SDA), an omega-3 fatty acid, in the seeds of the plant.

FSANZ is calling for comments which close on Jan 25th.

The spin is that it is high in Omega 3. The best sources of Omega 3 is from grass fed meat, organic flax, organic Near River eggs, purslane and fish. In other words real food produced with care and respect.

To see the submission and lodge a comment, go here soon!

The second issue involves an organic farmer in WA who has had his crop 'polluted' by a neighbouring farmer growing GM canola. The organic farmer, David Kibble, has lost his certification and his crop. As you might expect this is turning into a debacle with WA farmers wanting their Minister for Agriculture to resign, legislation to protect non-GM farmers, and a full audit of GM farms and their neighbours. Behind all this are the deep pockets of Monsanto. To hear an interview with David and the Food Fight team from radio 3CR, click here


You can expect to see a continuing flurry of these types of posts – after all, earlier this month Monsanto was voted Most Evil Corporation of the Year by 51% of respondents to an online poll.

Guess the other 49% don't care about what they eat!

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