David Shoebridge - Greens MP
Michelle Sheather - ecologist
Rosanna Barbero - Agent Orange Justice
Lance Lieber- Transition Bondi
Frederick Malouf- Sustainable Free Farming
Papa Sean- local campaigns and solutions
Ecopella- enviro choir
Pato Lara - music
Zane Thompson - music
Local seed savers
You are invited to contribute and add to the building of this grassroots movement in any way you
Calling creative people, musicians, artists, stunt people to get involved!!!
Broadly speaking here are the concerns associated with GMOs:
Environmental Risks – There has been inadequate testing of the effect that GM crops can have on the other species due to crossing of genes between kingdoms. Basically, GM crops can contaminate the ecology. If that happens the product cannot be recalled.
Health Risks – There is still uncertainty regarding the safety of GM foods and consumers are cautious about eating them. The Australian regulatory framework (OGTR and FSANZ) does not do independent health testing instead they rely on the GM industry to provide information regarding the effects on health. This is a major conflict of interests.
Farmers Misled – The benefits fail to live up to what's promised for example GM canola has been performing below average.
Coexistence Impossible – Non-GM farmers are expected to prevent GM contaminatation, otherwise they run the risk of being sued for growing a patented crop and/or breaking contractual agreements if crops are contaminatated.
Marketing – Many export and domestic markets don't want to buy GM or GM contaminatated crops. Farmers have a right and responsibility to provide non-GM crops. Furthermore, costs to supply the non-GM market are higher than GM partly due to management and testing against contaminatation.
Legislation – No adequate Federal legislation exists to address concerns presented by farmers. The GM industry dominates plans for preparedness and coexistence. This is a clear conflict of interest.
Patents – GM crops patented by agribusiness are unique. They undermine the independence and rights of farmers leading to a dependency on a small number of agribusiness corporations. Contamination of non-GM crops can result in farmers being forced to pay patent royalties.
Herbicide Resistance – Many GM crops are developed to be herbicide resistant. Weeds have developed resistance to the herbicide which has lead to an increased use of herbicide that GM proponents want to solve by using more toxic herbicides. The increase use of herbicides reduce surrounding biodiversity leading to increase in use of insecticides.
Above points taken from: http://www.non-gm-farmers.com/index.asp And summarised to fit space limitations.
Here be a link to the official M.A.M. page: http://march-against-monsanto.com/