Where does your meat come from?



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Ethical Caterers required for Byron Shire.

Wanted: Ethical Caterers  In June 2010, Byron Shire Council resolved to adopt an Ethical Catering Policy to recognise the importance of ethically and sustainably produced foods to the nutritional health and general wellbeing of our community, the local economy and the wider environment.  The Ethical Catering register was created to support the Ethical Catering policy which gives preference to local, seasonally-available, certified organic, cruelty-free and fair trade produce and also aims to promote sustainable agriculture by supporting local farmers across our Shire.

Byron Shire.

Council will soon be updating its register of Ethical Caterers and will be inviting suitably qualified local caterers to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for Ethical Catering.

A workshop will be held on Wednesday 26 October from 11-12pm at Byron Shire Council to explain the application process. We warmly encourage our fantastic local caterers to come along and learn more about how you can become part of our register.

To register for the workshop or for more information please contact Sandi Middleton at Byron Shire Council on 02 6626 7305, email sustainability@byron.nsw.gov.au.

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October 19, 2016 · 9:10 pm

DEEP WATER…………..the truth.


A moving and formidable documentary. The letter read out by one of the murderers in prison is extraordinary for its honesty.

And from a Conservative government in the UK.

The government has announced that thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted under historic anti-gay laws will be posthumously pardoned.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah today announced the fulfilment of a 2015 Conservative Party manifesto pledge, which will see men convicted for consensual same-sex relationships formally pardoned.

Computing hero World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was previously granted a one-off posthumous royal pardon in 2013. However, the new law will disregard the offences of thousands of men.

Minister Gyimah said the Government would seek to implement the change through an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill.

Anyone living who has been convicted of these now abolished offences could already apply through the Home Office to have their names cleared and criminal records expunged, under a process introduced by the Coalition government’s 2012 Protections of Freedoms Act.

However, the new law goes further in granting posthumous pardons, also introducing a statutory pardon for the living. in cases where offences have been successfully deleted through the disregard process.


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100 kilos of galangal root stock went out this morning to a conversion to organic status farm. l have only begun using it in some of my stir fries and appreciate its subtle peppery/ginger taste. A robust plant in the garden and I have broken the handles of two forks harvesting it.


Galangal, (Alpinia officinarum ) is a member of the monocotyledonous family Zingiberaceae. Native to Southern China. A reddish rhizome and quite hard. I grate it into my stir fries. The Chinese name for the plant in kao-lian-kian which was corrupted in Persian and Arabic  into khuland-jan and then further by the Europeans into galangal. Seldom used in my culinary past but it is gaining in use around our Shire.

Certainly NOT promoting the wheel barrow in the photo. Poorly designed and prone to tipping if slightly out of balance.

Silkie Oak in flower.


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My food source.


The Pseudoscorpion

has been around for about 380 million years
and is thought to be one of the first animals to leave the oceans for dry land.

There may be 700 different species,
all of them very small.
They don’t impinge on us at all.

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October 17, 2016 · 4:02 am

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Pesticide Action NetworkPesticides: The Big Picture


Transparency, accountability & Monsanto

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Oct 11, 2016 — Judy Hatcher


Monsanto shine

All eyes are on Monsanto this month, and not just because of its pending mega-merger with Bayer. A formal tribunal this weekend will assess how the giant corporation has affected human rights around the globe. And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a closer look at RoundUp’s potential to cause cancer, while a growing number of groups around the world are advocating to severely restrict the use of Monsanto’s flagship herbicide.

Let’s hope that shining several spotlights at once on Monsanto will ensure it is held accountable for the harms it imposes on people and planet in pursuit of shareholder profits.

Violating human rights

Over 1,000 institutions — and more than 70,000 individuals — have endorsed the upcoming International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague. As charged by the tribunal organizers,

  Monsanto is able to ignore the human and environmental damage caused by its products and maintain its devastating activities through a strategy of systemic concealment: by lobbying regulatory agencies and governments; by resorting to lying and corruption; by financing fraudulent scientific studies; by pressuring independent scientists; by manipulating the press and media, etc.”

Dozens of legal experts and witnesses will present information to five prominent independent jurists. The legal experts will use the UN’s 2011 guiding principles on business and human rights, which were unanimously approved by the UN’s Human Rights Council — and endorsed by groups like the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and over 350 corporations. The core guiding principles are hard to disagree with:

  • Every government is responsible for preventing human rights abuses and protecting its citizens;
  • Businesses should not violate human rights, even if the government isn’t doing much on its own; and
  • When something is wrong, governments must provide a reasonable way for citizens to file complaints, and for complaints to be settled fairly.

Both governments and businesses have let us down many times in the past. Large corporations have walked away from terrible problems like the Bhopal disaster with little more than a slap on the wrist.

Five years ago, PAN International convened a People’s Permanent Tribunal in Bangalore, India, to examine charges that the “Big 6” pesticide and seed companies — BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta — violated human rights. The jurists in this case found that the multinationals’ “systemic acts of corporate governance have caused avoidable catastrophic risks, increasing the prospects of extinction of biodiversity, including species whose continued existence is necessary for reproduction of human life.” If this month’s hearings — focused solely on Monsanto — find the company guilty as charged, Monsanto may be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.

RoundUp’s cancer connection

Closer to home, EPA is holding public hearings this month to review the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate, better known as the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s ubiquitous weedkiller RoundUp. Glyphosate is widely sprayed, primarily on Monsanto’s patented “RoundUp Ready” crops — including corn, soy and cotton — and is also commonly used in parks and near homes.

The EPA hearings were sparked by pressure that ramped up after the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined that glyphosate, one of the corporation’s flagship products, is a “probable carcinogen.” That conclusion put the chemical on PAN International’s list of highly hazardous pesticides, meaning that it’s almost impossible use it safely. PAN International’s recent review of the science found that glyphosate is a contributor to acute poisoning (especially in Asia), endocrine disruption, neurological damage, and other health issues — especially for kids living near agricultural fields.

Turning the tides?

Despite loud industry opposition, the probes persist, and the use of glyphosate is rapidly being restricted, even banned, by cities and countries around the world. And while public opinion against glyphosate has been strong in Europe for some time, concern about the herbicide is growing in America, too.

None of this bodes well for the Bayer-Monsanto merger. Anti-trust agencies in the U.S. and Europe are under increasing pressure to block the agribusiness mergers in the works, including Chinese government’s purchase of industry giant Syngenta and the planned merger of Dow and DuPont. It’s hard to believe that even more corporate consolidation will be a good thing for food democracy or for human rights.

Over 100 years ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” Together hundreds of civil society organizations are pulling back the curtains to expose how our food system’s current reliance on hazardous pesticides is dangerous to people and the environment.

But we need a lot more light — shining as bright as the sun — to uncover all the industry shenanigans. Only then can we wrest the food system from the hands of a few corporate behemoths and move toward safer, sustainable, and equitable alternatives to chemical-reliant agriculture.

Judy Hatcher


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