Update. April 2013

Is eating a challenge?

It may have been if you were one of the 50 people who participated in the Local Harvest Challenge from 1st - 7th April. Find out how they went as they tried to eat more locally for a week.
Some blogs ...
Agness "on the farm", Bocoble NSW
Kate & MichaelMichael is hungry”, NT
Fiona "lavender ice-cream", Sunshine VIC
Nick & Janet, "backyard shapes", Footscray VIC

Coca-Cola - You're Out of Order!

Last month saw consumers act by slapping 'out-of-order' notices on vending machines in response to Coca-Cola's role in killing off the Northern Territory bottle recycling scheme. Fortunately, the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) now plans to intervene and protect the scheme - more.
(Coca-Cola Amatil bottles and distributes The Coca-Cola Company beverages in Australia).

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight (4-19 May) is our chance to celebrate all things Fairtrade. Help give farmers in developing countries, their families and their local communities, a better deal. > Buy a friend a Fairtrade coffee > Have a kick with a Fairtrade footy > Find Fairtrade clothing alternatives > See our suggestions for 'Going Fairtrade in your Workplace' > See events

Mr Genetically Modified!

Agri-giant Monsanto controls the patent rights to over 90% of the world's GM seeds. Despite concerns about health and safety, the same patents allow Monsanto to prevent any farmer or scientist from testing their seeds.

To date, in the U.S., Monsanto has sued 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses for alleged seed patent violation. Monsanto has won every single case and was awarded nearly $24 million from just 72 of those judgments. More at Corpwatch (24/3/13) and infowars.com. > Take action by joining in the March against Monsanto on May 25th. Sign petitions 'Keep Monsanto out of Australia' and AVAAZ.org (fix European patent law).
Quick bites ...
  • During Easter Australia's big supermarket chains faced a backlash over their use of palm oil in homebrand hot cross buns (30/3/13) ABC news.
  • Fruit growers in Victoria's Goulburn Valley will bulldoze three quarter of a million fruit trees, as SPC Ardmona (owned by Coca-Cola Amatil) halve the amount of produce it will buy (29/4/13) ABC radio. Sign the Getup petition to 'ban imported fruit and vegetables'.
  • Yet another Bangladeshi garmet factory tragedy has brought the appalling conditions of workers in the apparel industry into mainstream news (29/4/13). A sad reminder to vote with your dollars when buying clothes. Don't support the companies who routinely source the cheapest labour. Ethical clothing guide
  • Further global ownership consolidation with speculation of a merger of Mondelez (previously part of Kraft Foods) and PepsiCo, as US billionaire Nelson Peltz acquires stakes in both companies worth $2.7b.
  • The Unshackled Music Festival event, running from the 13-17 May, focuses on issues of Human Trafficking. Blackburn North, VIC www.unshackled.org.au
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