Temperatures’ soared for the day when Lil’s Mum’s funeral was held in Ballina. Lil’s eulogy was beautifully spoken and it humanized the formal service.
Another difficult week with the suicide of a LGBT tribe member in Brunswick Heads. A superb dancer originally from NZ, it highlights the isolation and subtle homophobia experienced by some in an other ways enlightened community.
Also the murder in the Sydney siege where the cafe’s gay manager, Tori Johnson, 34, died. My sympathy to his partner and the family.
The defence of herbicide use is expressed in a letter to the editor in this week’s edition of the Echo. See on-line Echo. A gathering of like minded herbicide-free active groups from beyond this Shire are planning a meeting for early 2015. Already a challenge to some of the erroneous points in the letter has been posted for future publication.
This past year, people in Hawai’i, Oregon, Minnesota and beyond stood up for food system change. Despite record-breaking industry spending to block progress, communities made important strides toward reclaiming food and farming from Monsanto and the rest of the “Big 6” pesticide corporations.
European Union member states may soon be allowed to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their soil even if these crops have already been given approval to be grown in the EU. The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, is expected to vote on the matter on 13 January, with the outcome being rubber-stamped later in the month by environment ministers within the Council of the EU.
If voted through as anticipated, the amendments to a 2001 directive are likely to come into force by June next year. They will mean that countries that want to ban GM crops are no longer obliged to provide scientific evidence to the European Food Safety Authority that the crops will damage the environment or human health. Instead, countries will be able to exclude GM crops for somewhat arbitrary reasons, for example, over fears that material from GM crops will adulterate organic produce and make it unsaleable, or simply that the presence of GM crops may provoke demonstrations that disrupt public order.
Lobby groups that oppose GM crops are broadly pleased with the new powers countries will have.
From the New Scientist.
Where most of our disposable Christmas gifts are coming from.