ECOCIDE

We have come across the term Ecocide and wish to share what we have found with you to analyse, review and come to your own conclusions.  It is important to be informed so do share this with your family and friends:
ec•o•cide[noun] is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished.


Have a look at the ECOCIDE website HERE and click on the image below to see the Ted talk by the Earth's Ambassador Polly Higgins.


Declaration of the Clean Food Movement

The declaration below was presented on Saturday 31st May 2014.  The Clean Food Movement marched  'Anti - Monsanto' and the event reached its culmination with a forum held in De Valette Square in the capital.  

The Clean Food Movement calls on Government to apply for a ban on the cultivation of GMO on the Maltese Islands

Representatives of the 21 Environmental, Health and Social Organisations call on the Maltese government and European Commission to ensure the maintenance of GMO free farming and guarantee food that is Clean, Fair, Healthy and Ecological.


Valletta - Malta, 31/05/2014 – The Clean Food Movement (CFM) (1) the organisers of the March Against Monsanto 2014 held today have joined together and are issuing a declaration requesting the Prime Minister of Malta to protect the fragile ecology on these small islands and declare Malta as a GMO FREE ZONE.  The movement is also requesting the newly elected MEPs to encourage the rest of the MEPs in their respective groups to do the same and not to succumb to economic pressures being exerted by the United States at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

CFM calls for an immediate halt to the TTIP agreement, an agreement that will give more power to Multinational Companies, such as Monsanto. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA should be subject to an impact study, to a democratic discussion in the European Parliament and within civil society, and to full transparency before proceeding. It should also be subject to a European wide referendum.

CFM would also like to make reference to the various articles carried out over the past weeks that relate to concerns over various alleged abuses in the local food production.  It is being noted that tol this very day Malta lacks an accredited laboratory to carry out tests on food for chemical residues and GMO that can be presented as evidence in courts.  Since all tests have to be assigned to a foreign laboratory, this is creating an unwarranted delay in the food control system encouraging abuse by some unscrupulous producers and processors.  IT is evident that the authorities are also lacking an efficient and effective enforcement structure to guarantee the continuous safety of the consumer.

The movement calls on the new EU Commission to commit itself to a GMO moratorium across all of the EU member states. This will protect the natural and cultural heritage of Malta, and will serve the best interests of all EU member states.

This will help to guarantee the freedom of choice for European consumers and farmers and protect biodiversity. This is also an economic necessity for the food sector (4): Organic farmers as well as conventional farmers need to be sure that their products are protected from GMO contamination in order to be able to sell their products on the market.

The Clean Food Movement calls on the new MEPs to ask the new Commissioners to be appointed soon to initiate the following:

·     The implementation of a European wide moratorium on GMO approvals and cultivation of GMOs in the EU. This moratorium must not end before the Commission can abide bythe Precautionary Principles to protect consumers and also  economic interests.
·     To appraise the socio-economic impacts of placing on the market and the cultivation of GMOs: The impacts of GMOs in the whole food production chain have to be considered, taking into account the different regional structures of the farming and food system throughout Europe.  This must include the costs for the prevention of contamination and mitigation measures in case of contamination in: seed production, on the field; cleaning of commonly used machinery, transport and storage facilities; as well as in keeping feed and food free from GMOs during processing.
·    To assess long-term effects of GM plants on the environment, especially on non-target organisms.
· To set a framework for the consideration of the characteristics of ecosystems/environments and of the specific geographical areas where GMO might be grown in approval procedures.
·  To study the potential consequences for the environment of changes in the use of herbicides caused by herbicide-tolerant GM plants.
·  To ensure coherence between risk assessments of GM plants that produce active substances (pesticides) covered by directive 91/414/EEC and those of the corresponding plant protection products


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Who is the Clean Food Movement?
CFM is a gathering of 21 NGOs, organisations and individuals who share the common philosophy and that are concerned with the current state-of-affair of our food system and the environment. 

Agriculture is the biggest and most important influence on our personal wellbeing and out environment.  Over the years we have seen multinational organisation grabbing more power and becoming even bigger trying to dominate the food supply chain.  The most dominant organisation is Monsanto, the world dominating developer and supplier of GMOs.

Who is Monsanto?
  • Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s and other producers of genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumours, infertility and birth defects.
  • In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GM products.
  • Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
  • For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favouritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
  • Monsanto's GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world's bee population.


What are solutions we advocate?

  • Voting with your euro by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
  • Labelling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
  • Repealing relevant provisions of the US's "Monsanto Protection Act."
  • Lobbing with governments calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
  • Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
  • Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto's secrets.
  • Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won't take these injustices quietly.

The Clean Food Movement is supported by:


·         Malta Organic Agriculture Movement
·         Green Drinks Malta
·         Friends of the Earth - Malta
·         Birdlife – Malta
·         Permaculture Foundation,
·         Żminijietna
·         Slow Food Movement
·         Ramblers Malta
·         Gaia Foundation
·         Nature Trust Malta
·         Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust
·         Greenhouse-Malta
·         Action for Breast Cancer Foundation
·         Inizjamed
·         SKOP
·         Kopin
·         Assoċjazzjoni Maltija tal-Apikultura
·         Multiple Sclerosis Society Malta
·         The Vegetarian Society
·         Għaqda tal-Konsumaturi - Consumers' Association Malta
·         Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar



And the following entities


·      Centre for Environmental Education & Research (CEER)
·      Core Green Organic Foods
·      Shanti Organic & Natural Products
·      Shirley Cauchi - Holistic Health Coaching
·      Sparkbow ECO Solutions
·      Angka Café
·      Simply Organic
·      Sattva Health Shop
·      Naturally Simply Organic
·      Ġugar Bar & Hang-out
·      Cruelty Free Malta
·      Claire's Veggie Wonders



We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.

Whilst hoping that you kindly accept this invitation, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time should you any clarifications.










March Against Monsanto MALTA: 31.05.14 @ 9.30am - Pjazza San Ġorġ, Valletta



On Saturday 24th May, 2014, activists from more than 50 countries and in more than 300 cities around the world united to March Against Monsanto.  It was a huge success!

The Malta event will be held in Valletta on Saturday 31st May and we need your presence in order for this march to be successful! The march is scheduled to start at 9.30am from Pjazza San Ġorġ.  We would appreciate if you're there a few minutes earlier.  

Green Drinks Malta, together with other groups and individuals, has contributed extensively with the organisation of a number of events over the past months.  The march on Saturday is a milestone that we can achieve together.

For more information kindly refer to the attached invite and please invite your family and friends. 

Let us all march together for clean, safe and fair food! 

See you on Saturday! 

p.s. The march will stop at Pjazza de Valette and there will be a forum, followed by Tribali's Recycled Percussions and Worldfest with lovely stalls and vibe. 




Valletta is the place to be on Saturday ;)

Natalie Debono

Coordinator
Green Drinks Malta - Raising Environmental Consciousness 
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JOIN THE CLEAN FOOD MOVEMENT

Dear individuals, organisations and groups

The Clean Food Movement has worked steadily over the past year to raise awareness about the need for food which is real, healthy, fair and ethical. Part of our campaign also focuses on getting the information out there about genetically modified food and its implications.

The Clean Food Movement comprises organisations, platform, groups and individuals who appreciate the fact that in unity, we can have a bigger impact to make our voice heard. If you wish to come on board and be part of the Clean Food Movement, kindly email Natalie Debono on info@greendrinksmalta.org and John Portelli on john.portelli@moam.org.mt soonest.

The next event of the Clean Food Movement will be the March Against Monsanto which will take place on Saturday the 31st of May.  Join us at 9.30am in St. George's Square Valletta.  We will march up Republic Street and finish in La Valette Square for a press conference / forum together with Worldfest 2014.

Looking forward to have you on board.
Natalie Debono


The Clean Food Movement
The Clean Food Movement refers to this group of individuals / organisations / entities who work together to raising awareness about food safety & food sovereignty.

The Principles:
The idea of a clean food movement arises from the fact that amongst us there is a wide-consensus that our food system is degenerating out of control. This is being reflected in the ever increasing levels of food related diseases and health conditions.
The movement’s principles are these values: Clean, Healthy, Fair & Ethical.
The movement will lobby for:
· Food that meets high quality and safety standards devoid of chemicals, clean from additives, least processed and does not harm human health
· Food production and consumption that treat animals humanely
· Food production and consumption with fair conditions & pay for the farmers
· Food production and consumption that protects the environment
· Food with accessible prices for consumers

Vision:
Worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound food systems based on the principles of sustainable agriculture practices, (such as organic, slow food and permaculture).
Mission:
Assist, unite and lead all individual and movements in its full diversity to achieve our objective of clean food at a fair price and not dominated by any force or organisation. We will insist that the food is clearly labelled and request food that is environmentally safe and friendly.

Values:
The Clean Food Movement acts in a fair, inclusive and in a participatory manner and highly appreciates the diversity within in.

History:
A group of concerned individuals came together to participate in the world-wide Marches Against Monsanto held on the 25th of May 2013 (41 Countries, 316 Marches Global, 200.000 Participants) and on the 12th of October 2013 to support mandatory labelling laws for food made from GMOs.
We will be marching again on the 31st of May 2014. Meet us at 9.30pm at Pjazza San Gorg, Valletta.

The people present at the marches felt that it’s time to protect our right to clean food and biodiversity. It is also time to protect future generations from unscrupulous multi-nationals.
We started meeting in between the marches and we felt the need to organise a number of events to raise awareness about clean-food in the run-up to the 2014 anti-monsanto march. The Clean Food Movement was born.

The Clean Food Movement was launched at the Green Drinks Malta World's Biggest Green Drinks event on the 7th of February 2014, in Bottegin Palazzo Xara in Rabat, Malta. 54 people (individuals and representatives of organisations) participated. The event included an introduction by Natalie Debono (Green Drinks Malta coordinator) & John Portelli (Malta Organic Agriculture Movement), the viewing of the film FOOD INC and a discussion.

Why we march?
Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumours, infertility and birth defects. In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GM products. Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds. For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favouritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup. Monsanto's GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world's bee population.

On a local level we are asking the government to sign the Anti-GMO Convention and to set up an accredited, independent laboratory to sample food quality.

Organisational Supporters of the Clean Food Movement: Malta Organic Agriculture Movement, Green Drinks Malta, Friends of the Earth - Malta, Birdlife – Malta, Permaculture Foundation, Slow Food–Malta, Ramblers Malta, Gaia Foundation, Nature Trust Malta, Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust, Greenhouse-Malta, Action for Breast Cancer Foundation, Inizjamed, SKOP, Kopin, AssocjazzjoniMaltija tal-Apikultura, Multiple Sclerosis Society Malta, The Vegetarian Society of Malta, Żminijietna, Centre for Environmental Education & Research (CEER), Ghaqda tal-Konsumaturi (Consumers' Association Malta), Core Green Organic & Fairtrade Foods, Sparkbow ECO Solutions, Wellness Macrobiotics, Simply Organic, Claire's Veggie Wonders, Shanti Organic & Natural Products, Naturally Simply Organic, Sattva Health Shop, Ġugar Bar & Hang-out, Angka Café and Cruelty Free Malta. More organisations are being confirmed in the coming two weeks. Besides these organisations, CFM has also a good number of individual supporters

kind regards
Natalie Debono
Coordinator
Green Drinks Malta - Raising Environmental Consciousness
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Let's Do It! MALTA


It is HERE! On the 10th and 11th of May one of Malta's biggest national cleanups ever is going to take place! 20 locations, 1000s of volunteers, 2 aims- to have a cleaner island, to educate the people.

All you have to do is bring yourselves!  It is that simple. Material and instructions for the cleanup will be all provided for on site. Come wearing closed shoes and with bottles of water.

Join a clean-up by having a look at the map below.  Green Drinks Malta will be focusing on the following clean-ups:

Saturday 10th May at 9am:  Meeting near Aquarium in Ta’ Fra Ben, Qawra.

Saturday 10th May at 9am: Meeting in Orange Shark H2O Dive Centre in front of Ramla Hotel, Marfa.

Saturday 10th May at 3pm – 5pm: Meeting at Sirens, St Paul’s Bay

Sunday 11th May at 9am:  Meeting at Qalet Marku (Tower) in Baħar ic-Cagħaq

Email info@greendrinksmalta.org and let us know which site you’re choosing.

If you still need some motivation, do  CLICK THIS LINK

You and a few hours of your time can make a change! See you then


Let's Do it Malta! 
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