Update. May 2010

Labelling - Take action!

What are you eating? How do you know? ...
The review of Australia's food labeling laws is underway with submissions due this Friday, 14th May.
Labelling of genetically modified food is just one issue of many that can be addressed. Others include palm oil, country of origin labelling, trans-fats, and seafood labelling.

We've put together a survey to assess what are the important issues for you in making an informed choice about your food purchases. This will form part of our submission.

If you want more meaningful labelling to assist in making informed purchasing choices, take a minute to fill in our survey and visit www.ethical.org.au/foodlabelling to find out more about making your own submission.

Exploring our Food...

Join us for our next 'Meal & Movie' night, this Thursday 13th May, where we'll be taking a look at the industrialised nature of our food system and exploring the relationship between food production and human health, workers’ rights, animal welfare, and corporate control.

>> Do animals have the right to a certain quality of life?
>> Do people have the right to know what is in their food?
>> Who is responsible for keeping our food safe?
>> Should a company have the power to decide what information to give consumers about the food it produces?

This will be an interactive session with discussion, activities and film exerts to explore in an Australian context the themes raised in Food Inc., and the possibilties for bringing change to the system through our food choices.

>> dinner 6.30 - 7.30pm - byo 'food and thoughts' to share
movie 8pm - 10.30pm. RSVP nick@ethical.org.au or 0417 114 492

Next month - 10th June - screening No Impact Man, Yarraville.
>>More about Meal & Movie nights

Limit your exposure...

How to lower your pesticide exposure by almost 80 percent, simply by avoiding certain types of fruits and vegetables? The Environmental Working Group's 'Shopper's Guide to Pesticides' tells you exactly which foods are most important to buy organic to limit your family's exposure to pesticides.
View a full list of all 47 fruit and vegetables tested at www.foodnews.org . Download a wallet guide.

Do you need a break? A Fairtrade Coffee Break...

With 20% of our world's population living on less than $1 per day, there is a vast global inequality in the lives of people around the world. Some of this is connected to global commodities, such as coffee.

Hundreds of Australians will be holdling a Fairtrade Coffee Break in their workplaces, schools, community groups and homes during Fairtrade Fortnight (1-16 May). This is a really easy way of supporting some of the world’s poorest farmers

Organising a Coffee Break doesn’t have to be complex or time consuming. In fact it can be as simple as getting a group together to watch the short Coffee Break DVD and enjoying a great brew while you do it!

Register your Coffee Break event to receive an information pack.

What's in season in May?

  • almonds
  • apples
  • brussel sprouts
  • cauliflowers
  • celery
  • chestnuts
  • eggplants
  • fennel
  • grapefruits
  • imperial madarins

Eat seasonally to reduce food miles, support local growers and get back in touch with the cycles of nature. It's usually also fresher and cheaper! The items above are specific for Victoria and will vary from state to state. See more at Friends of the Earth 'Real Food Seasonal Pocket Guide' at http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/?q=seasonal . Another general guide can be found at http://www.vnv.org.au/site/files/seasonalfoodcalendar.pdf

Upcoming workshops ...

Friday 4th June, 12pm & 1pm >>Maribrynong Green Lunch-box supermarket tour
Friday June 4, 5-8pm >> Sustainable food, St Kilda Town Hall
Saturday June 5, 9.30am -12noon >> Farmers market tour & workshop, Port Philip
Thursday 29 June, 6pm – 8.30pm >> Public workshop & Supermarket tour,
Saturday 21st August, 10am- 12.30pm >> Knox Library Supermarket tour, Knox City

Register online here . (download full text list here).

Other events ...

'End of the Line' - It’s the inconvenient truth about the oceans and it’s coming to you this month. A special Q&A session and screening will be held on Saturday May 15, 4.30pm at: Cinema Nova, Carlton (Victoria). Featuring: Genevieve Quirk, Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner and Felicity Wishart, National Marine Campaigner, The Wilderness Society. For trailer and screenings in other states see http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/news-and-events/events/EndoftheLine-130410


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