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Madge Digest #145 March 2016

Submitted by Development on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:02

1) The weight of a chicken breast does not mean it is safe to eat

The inside story on how GM food is approved. Links at the end on how to #EatGMOfree.

2) Join us and GM-Free Australia at this free event Monday 4th April.

Celebrate, network and cross-pollinate with people stopping GMO and creating the local food, seed and community networks that nourish us. Food, skits, GM-Free sing-along plus how to #EatGMfree giveaways and Prize Draw.
When : 7-9pm on Monday 4th April 2016
Where : Friends of the Earth Food Co-op, 312 Smith St, Collingwood 3070
RSVP: Jessica 0407307231 or

3) Open letter to stop climate disasters in the Pacific being used to introduce GM and hybrid seeds. 

If you are a member of a group that would like to sign on to this letter please contact

4) What MADGE has been up to:
We have been quoted in the:
Huffington Post - “GMOs: What Are They, The Risks And Where Do We Find Them?"

Australian Financial Review - "GM Awareness Needs to be High on Food Shopping List"
According to a spokesperson from the Federal Department of Health, it is up to individuals to take responsibility for what they eat. Perhaps we could if it was fully labelled!

ABC - "Australian Food Regulator Deliberating Over New GM Techniques"
In a related story, they also published a useful piece on GMOs and the policies of the big supermarket chains. However, MADGE feels they are let off lightly. Many companies are using the FSANZ definition of GMOs, which still means the food contains unlabelled ingredients from GM plants.
MADGE joined with the GM-Free Australia Alliance to run a 3-day stall at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne. We ran a workshop, it was lovely meeting others who care for the planet and a GMO-free future. Welcome to everyone who signed up to receive this digest. 

We were interviewed for 3CR’s sustainable breakfast series.
We sent two media releases:
1 - Farmers and eaters betrayed by the High Court. This covers the Steve Marsh case. We will be writing more on this in the next digest.
2 - New Breeding Techniques. GM breeding has been a failure and now the GM industry wants its new GM 2.0 techniques to avoid all regulation and testing. 

What each of us decides to eat, buy and grow everyday matters. Choose wisely.
“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”  Lewis Grizzard
Happy Eating