Tag: World Food Security

The Climate Talks in Paris will Fail: Why

Article – Robert J. Burrowes As expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate conference in Paris, starting on 30 November 2015, that could agree to taking action to limit any rise in global temperature to 2 degrees celsius, I would like to explain … The Climate Talks in Paris will Fail: Why? Robert J. Burrowes As expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate conference in Paris, starting on 30 November 2015, that could agree to taking action to limit any rise in global temperature to 2 degrees celsius, I would like to explain why these expectations are misplaced. And what we can do about it. The essence of the problem is that most people and organisations are asking elites to take action on their behalf rather than taking action themselves. Not only is this a fearful and powerless approach, it reinforces the widespread delusions that elites have the power in this regard and that they are responsive to our pleas. Neither of these is true. We have the power and elites only respond when we create the circumstances that compel them to do so. And not otherwise. Hence, it is the action that we take, as individuals, communities and organisations, that generate the outcomes we want. As a nonviolent activist, I have never asked elites (or their...

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Public forum on the Trans–Pacific Partnership (TPP):

Press Release – AFTINET Secret TPP trade negotiations between Australia, the US, Japan and nine other Pacific Rim countries are continuing into late May. Recent leaked documents confirm proposals which could result in higher medicine prices, more internet copyright restrictions …Public forum on the Trans–Pacific Partnership (TPP): When: Thursday, April 16, 12.30 – 2 PM, Where: Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House Macquarie Street Sydney Secret TPP trade negotiations between Australia, the US, Japan and nine other Pacific Rim countries are continuing into late May. Recent leaked documents confirm proposals which could result in higher medicine prices, more internet copyright restrictions, less ability to regulate imported food and special rights for foreign companies to sue governments over changes in our laws and policies, including State government health, environment and other policies. A Senate Inquiry is investigating the secrecy of the TPP and other trade agreement processes Speakers : Dr Patricia Ranald, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network: The TPP: secrecy, democracy and investor rights to sue governments Jon Edwards, Doctors without Borders (MSF) on the TPP and medicines Professor Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney: TPP copyright proposals and the internet Sarah Agar, Choice consumer organisation: The TPP and food labelling ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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New Zealand under scrutiny on WORLD FOOD DAY

Press Release – GE Free NZ New Zealand must protect its export reputation and environment by recognising the value of our grass fed animals and GE free food production in the world market. It is vital to maintain our point of difference and counter threats to our export future …New Zealand under scrutiny on WORLD FOOD DAY New Zealand must protect its export reputation and environment by recognising the value of our grass fed animals and GE free food production in the world market. It is vital to maintain our point of difference and counter threats to our export future coming from trade deals that promote and even enforce lower standards and bad farming practices. World Food Day is a time when the issue of safe food is in the limelight, yet New Zealand is poised to trade away our marketing advantage for a “no holds barred” agricultural deal under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The threat is not just to our capacity to market clean safe GE-free food but to the integrity of the food system, including access to seeds. Our seeds are essential to agriculture and to supporting life but farmers face restrictions on what they can buy, and may be forced to grow genetically engineered plants. The control of seed companies in the US has already dramatically reduced options for farmers even as GE crops...

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Local Communities want Stricter Controls of GMOs

Press Release – GE Aware Nelson GE Aware Nelson is concerned that the Environment minister has chosen a fight with local councils and their ratepayers concerned about outdoor use of GMOs. In 2001 Nelson City Council voted to make Nelson a GE Free city, pre-empting the decision …8 August 2013 Local Communities want Stricter Controls of GMOs GE Aware Nelson is concerned that the Environment minister has chosen a fight with local councils and their ratepayers concerned about outdoor use of GMOs. In 2001 Nelson City Council voted to make Nelson a GE Free city, pre-empting the decision of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification and their Report of 2001 to central government. The Labour government of the day then decided to proceed with caution. A key recommendation of the RCGM which stated that local councils could protect their existing non GM agricultural production by excluding GMO land use, resulted in councils around the country working towards precautionary and prohibitive GE policies in local plans. However, despite written confirmation in 2010 by our local MP Nick Smith that councils could “regulate or prevent outdoor use of GMOs” under the RMA, threats have recently been made by National minister Amy Adams that she will amend the RMA to block councils intentions. “We don’t need any more food scares – our standing as a producer of quality agricultural products and our...

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Report honesty on Chinese meat delays will rebuild trust

Press Release – Federated Farmers Refreshingly honest is how Federated Farmers is describing the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) report into the delays, which affected New Zealand meat exports to China.2 July 2013 Report honesty on Chinese meat delays will rebuild trust “Refreshingly honest” is how Federated Farmers is describing the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) report into the delays, which affected New Zealand meat exports to China. “Having read the MPI report and chronology involved, this is a refreshingly honest and critical self-examination of what went wrong in China,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President. “As the report comes out of the MPI, its honesty will help to rebuild trust. The recommendations are sensible in a market where we have seen phenomenal growth since 2008 when the Free Trade Agreement was signed. “This rapid growth is no excuse so the report highlights that resources need to match growth. As an exporting country we must listen to our customers and this report tells us that this did not happen. “We remain highly Eurocentric despite living and trading in the Asia-Pacific region. “The need is for government departments, educators and exporters, as well as farmers, to understand our customers. We need to understand their systems and ways of doing things a lot better than we currently do. “Given the Trans Pacific Partnership is in the offing, let alone hopes for...

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