CLEAN FOOD MOVEMENT

Green Drinks Malta is a founding member of the Clean Food Movement and is committed to coordinate, organise and support events to raise awareness about the necessity of good, clean, ethical and safe foods.  The movement spun off from the May 2013 Anti-Monsanto March were a number of individuals and organisations came together to show their solidarity with the farmers and also to say NO to unsafe food production, pesticides and unethical practices.  

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

If you wish to be contribute and participate in the Clean Food Movement email Natalie Debono on info@greendrinksmalta.org.  


Calendar of Events (latest first):

Saturday 3rd May
13:30 – 16:00
Hosted by Mariella Sciortino at Naturally Simply Organic (Health Shop), St. Paul’s Bay

‘Intro to the Clean Food Movement by Natalie Debono & an Organic Cooking Class’ with Mark Morales

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Organic Grove & Sunset

Join us for a lovely event where we will be spending some quality time, away from the stress and hustle and bustle of everyday life.

On Saturday 12th April at 5pm at the Gaia Foundation.
We will start off with an introduction about the Clean Food Movement, followed by a  talk about the indigenous and the endemic plants.  We will then take a walk along the cliffs towards Għajn Tuffieħa tower.  After taking in the beautiful panorama we will visit the olive grove and taste the organic olive oil.
All the above for a donation of €3.
The event will conclude with a plate of vegetarian pasta & a glass of wine/juice at Gaia while watching sunset.  The donation for this is €5.
A bar will be available.
Please book until the 10th of April on info@greendrinksmalta.org.  Let us know if you wish to book the tour or the tour & dinner.

Looking forward to see you

Carolina (Gaia) & Natalie (Green Drinks Malta)


70 people participated.

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Title:  Organic Farm Walkabout with Louis

As part of the Pesticide Action Week, we're organising a very interesting event to show you that Yes Pesticide Free is doable.  20 people are invited to join us for a lovely and mind-opening afternoon at Louis Cini's organic farm in Mellieħa.  We are offered a guided walkabout the farm with explanations. Ask questions.  Enjoy the clean air.  Some vegetables may be for sale, so do pack a bag just in case.

Date: Saturday 29th March 2014

Meeting Place & Time: In front of Ramla Bay Hotel in Mellieħa at 1.45pm.  (Ramla Bay Hotel is accessed from the road going to Armier.  Event to finish off by 4pm.

This is a free event.

This event is organised by Marika Tabone (Green Drinks Malta) and  Sarah Cardona (Action for Breast Cancer) for the Clean Food Movement.

To book your place please email: info@greendrinksmalta.org soonest. First come first served.

Note:  As the places are limited, we expect you to keep your commitment unless something urgent turns happens.

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Then on Saturday the 22nd of March 2014, between 9.15am and 2pm, you are invited to spend a few hours getting the best for your health and happiness at the Spring into Health Expo organised by St Aloysius Primary School in Balzan (in front of Qronfla). A number of informational, educational and fun activities are organised for you!  We will also have a nice number of stalls selling all healthy & natural products from food to beauty products.  Have a healthy and scrumptious lunch there!

Have a look at the programme below and be on time if you wish to particularly participate in an event.

Programme

9:15 - 10:45 - Healthy families! Happier Families & Intro to Clean Food Movement by Shirley Cauchi in Hall

11:00 - 11:40: Bollywood Dance – Join the fun! in Yard

11:15 - 12:45 – Film ‘Genetic Roulette the Gamble of our Lives. What are GMO's ? Experts expose the SERIOUS THREATS to our health.  Intro to Clean Food Movement - in Hall

11:45 - 12:00 - WasteServ –Batterina Mascot in Yard
12:00 - 12:20 - Dr. B & Sport Stacking Demo Team in Yard
12:20 - 12:40 - Dental Students Mascot in Yard
12:40 – 13:00 - Bird Park Malta in Yard
12:45 – 14:00 - WasteServ Workshops in Hall
13:00- 13:15 - Motivational Speaker Julian Bajada in Yard
13:15 - 13:45 - Participate in Zumba! In Yard
13:45 - 13:55 - Gymnastic stunts by Matthias Camilleri in Yard

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The Clean Food Movement is organising an event on Friday 21st evening at Margo's in Mistra at 7.30pm. during this event, a documentary - “Vanishing of the Bees” - will be screened as part of the Pesticide Awareness Week, followed by a discussion (more information attached).  Dr. David Mifsud will also give a talk. We urge you to attend to what will surely be another interesting evening in a friendly atmosphere! 

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On Saturday the 8th of March in the evening Green Drinks coordinators Natalie Debono and Aldo Calleja met members of the Gozo-based organisation We Are All One and members of the public for an evening of speaking about the principles of the Clean Food Movement, a discussion, a viewing of the film FOOD INC and socialising. We were hosted by Claire and Mark at Mojo's in Victoria.

On Saturday the 8th of March, the Clean Food Movement represented by John Portelli & Natalie Debono presented "Food Principles - The Clean Ones' to parents of St Aloysius Primary School as coordinated by Dr Marina Bonello. 

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