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Barnaby’s backflip a perfect ten on foreign investment

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne says the hypocrisy of new Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce on foreign investment has already been exposed, after his miraculous change of heart on the buy up of more than 5,500 square kilometres of cattle station in northern Australia by Indonesian agribusiness.

"I never thought of Barnaby Joyce as a gymnast, but this stunning backflip has sold out his constituents with a perfect ten," Senator Milne said.

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Kitchen Gardens in Schools

To help all Australian children stay healthy, we must teach them how to grow, buy and cook good food. Nothing beats hands-on learning at school.

Pressure in our daily lives is seeing good life skills like knowing how to choose, prepare, cook and store nutritious food become less well-known.

We need to foster a culture of knowledge and pleasure in growing, choosing and cooking healthy food among our children.

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Old parties flip-flopping on foreign ownership: too little, too late

"Kevin Rudd's awakening on foreign ownership of agricultural land, just hours after his agriculture minister announced no change to the current lax regime, should fool no-one," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Mr Rudd might be ‘anxious' about foreign ownership of agricultural land, but the fact remains that his government has done nothing about it.

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Greens to protect Australian land and water

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has said that in the century of food insecurity, the government should be cracking down on foreign investors buying up Australian farms.

"Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have an open slather approach when it comes to foreign ownership of Australia's prime agricultural land and water," Senator Milne said.

"Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2011 revealed more than 45 million hectares of Australia's prime agricultural land was foreign owned.

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Looking out for food security

Multinational corporations and foreign governments have begun investing heavily in agricultural land and water.

Other countries like the USA, New Zealand and Brazil have greater scrutiny on foreign land ownership, but Australia's laws are lax.

Foreign investment is important for Australia, but in an age of global warming and food insecurity Australians need to track purchases of our food-producing land and water, and for us to make sure that those purchases are in the national interest.

As a result, the Greens will:

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Better Country of Origin Labelling

Australia's farmers and food manufacturers are under pressure. We all want to support our farmers and workers by buying local products but our current country of origin labelling is too confusing.

In fact consumer advocacy group CHOICE found that 90% of Australians are not clear on where their food comes from.

The Greens' bill will remove the confusion by establishing the following clear labels for country of origin claims:

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Our Food Future: Greens’ plan to secure future of regional Australia

In what is believed to be an Australian first, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne will launch a key election platform online: the Greens' plan for Australia's food security.

The comprehensive plan includes seven fully costed initiatives totalling over $600 million in commitments over the next four years.

The package will be released online in a video conference with farmers, suppliers and stakeholders across the country.

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Our Food Future: the Greens' plan for Australia's food security

It's time to think about what we eat and where it comes from.

We Australians love our food. We're passionate about and proud of our fresh, healthy and high quality produce that's the envy of the world.

But all is not well.

The old parties have neglected our food system.

They have ignored the fact that too many of our farmers walking off the land and local food manufacturers are closing their doors under the deluge of cheap food imports.

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Greens food plan increases farmer and consumer power

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne today announced an $85 million plan to help farmers bypass the big two supermarkets and sell direct to consumers.

"People care about where their food comes from and that local farmers get paid a reasonable price for it," Senator Milne said.

"Farmers don't have many options for selling their produce outside the low prices offered by the big supermarket chains.

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