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
info@greendrinksmalta.org
www.greendrinksmalta.org
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