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Friday 31 October from 10:00-18:00 and 

Saturday 1 November from 10:00-16:00 

at the Grand Ballroom in the Phoenicia Hotel. 

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Green Drinks Malta Meets The Vegetarian Society of Malta

On the 16th of October 2014 we had the pleasure to meet the core team members of The Vegetarian Society of Malta.  It was very interesting to say the least to listen to Mr John Darmanin speak, still passionately, about the infancy of the society, the lovely events they used to organise amid the wonder and amazement of the a population who still thought that vegetarians were an alien species and their values straight out of hell.  Christine Garzia describes Mr Darmanin as “a real fountain of wisdom and knowledge” and rightly so.  I was in full admiration listening attentively to his layered and deep, ethically-honed world view.

Those who wish to contribute some time and energy to assist with the great and important work of The Vegetarian Society are encouraged to contact Christine Garzia on the.vegetarian.society@gmail.com.

Green Drinks Malta wishes John, Grace and Christine many years of service to the community through their important work and looking forward to your next event.



Additional Information:
This is some excellent information I lifted that was originally supplied by Katherine and George Azzopardi who were active in the founding of the society:
When the Vegetarian Society of Malta was founded in October 1992, there were very few vegetarians in Malta and 99% of the island's 330,000 inhabitants had probably never even heard the word. In just five years, that situation has been radically altered by a small group of people dedicated to getting the concept of vegetarianism widely known throughout Malta. There has been such a huge increase in interest encouraged also by the tourist trade that the majority of restaurants now include a vegetarian menu.
From the beginning, the society placed maximum emphasis on the need to educate the public and therefore to publish as much information as possible in a widely accessible form.

Members of the society send greetings to vegetarians around the world, and especially to those who dedicate time and effort to achieving the beautiful ideal of a vegetarian world. Human beings must come to understand that they should eat only those foods which will have a beneficial effect on body, mind and spirit, and to appreciate that all forms of life humans, animals, birds, fish, plants have a right to be treated with respect. Those basic principles, together with a firm determination to succeed, will ultimately bring about the revolution of consciousness so urgently needed by planet earth and all its inhabitants”.
I also came across a direct but eloquent letter penned by Mr John Darmanin to The Times of Malta to shed some light on vegetarian matters. 

Ms Christine Garzia, the PRO of the Society has based her dissertation on Vegetariansim entitled ‘On Becoming Vegetarian, A Study of Beliefs and Motives’



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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