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Date for your DiaryPRESS CONFERENCEMonday, 21st February 2011Buswells Hotel, Georgian Suite, starts at 2.00pmParticipantsLeading people from the Irish food sector have been invited,and the following have confirmed so far:Eddie Punch/Gillian Westbrook - General Secretary, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers AssociationAnita Hayes – Founder, Irish Seed Savers AssociationJohn Brennan – Chairperson, Western Organic Network, Greenbox and ...


Dear friends and colleagues,Ten days ago (following intense lobbying by the USA and the agri-biotech / animal feed cartels), our Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith issued a press release announcing the following changes to Ireland's GM-free policy:Ireland intends to vote next Tuesday 22 February in Brussels in favour of an extremely controversial EC request to ...

Galway one world centre-Education for global justice

Seedsaving in India this link to an article was kindly sent to us by Galway one world centre.  source=facebook&ref=nf

Change in GM rules welcomed

For daily coverage of GM issues, please follow us on Facebook and Pat O’Keefe, News EditorIrish Farmers JournalPublished 10 February, dated 12 February

The Environmental Pillar Condemns the Governments U-Turn on Genetically Modified Foods

Environmental Pillar of Social PartnershipPRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE11th February, 2011The Environmental Pillar Condemns the Governments U-Turn on Genetically Modified FoodsThe Government's reversal of its policy to abstain on European Union decisions to allow genetically modified food into the EU has been condemned by the Environmental Pillar as another step towards downgrading Ireland's image as ...

In Memoriam: Dr. Keith Lamb, 1919 – 2011

We are very sorry to report the passing of Dr. Keith Lamb, who was instrumental in saving many of the apple varieties that we now preserve and propagate at Irish Seed Savers. In the 1940s, Dr Lamb recognised a pattern of destruction in both commercial orchards and private orchards, so he set out to identify, ...

Minister of Agriculture Reverses Position on Irish Ban on GM Crops

With the Green Party out of the coalition, Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith has reversed the policy to abstain on EU decisions to allow GM ingredients into the food chain. The Food Safety Authority is going along with this decision.The Irish Times has an article about this decision on Thursday February 10: you ...

The Global Crop Diversity Trust -Food fight

Every year, in a tradition dating to the 1940s, thousands gather in the Spanish town of Buñol for La Tomatina, a giant “food fight”, in which participants gleefully pelt each other with tomatoes and get very, very messy. There’s blood in the streets, but it belongs to the tomatoes.However, according to a study in the ...

Pig Business, Film and Campaign- CELEBRITY QUOTES

Robert F. Kennedy Jnr, nephew of Jack Kennedy, founder of Waterkeeper Alliance andenvironmental lawyer“This film exposes the truth about factory farming. It shows how it cannot produce a pork chopor bacon cheaper than a family farmer unless it breaks the law. Factory farming profits byexternalising the true costs on to the public through sickness and ...

The Hidden Costs of Factory Farming

The Hidden Costs of Factory FarmingPig Business : Time for ChangeScreening and DebateEuropean Parliament, Brussels,9 February, 2011As I am sure you are aware, changes to the Common Agricultural Policy are currently being debated. Your help is urgently needed to ensure that the decisions taken in the coming months will shift our food and farming economy ...

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