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Greens call for rethink of National Food Plan on World Food Day

On World Food Day the Australian Greens call for a rethink of Australia's proposed National Food Plan to expand its focus beyond providing cheap, accessible food, to sustaining the land for food production and providing nutritious food to all Australians.

"If Australia is to take seriously the global crisis of climate, energy, water and food, then business as usual is unacceptable." Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Greens introduce country of origin labelling bill

Australian Greens leader Christine Milne and Deputy Leader Adam Bandt today are introducing new food labelling laws into the House of Representatives and the Senate to help Australians support Australian farmers and be confident about buying food produced in Australia.

The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Food Labelling) Bill 2012 will put in place new countries of origin rules for food labelling based on where food is grown or produced, rather than where it is packaged or processed.

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Minister Ludwig must intervene and restore common sense on biosecurity

Minister Ludwig urgently needs to address the crisis facing Australia's biosecurity system. His Department must reconsider the green light it has given to the importation of fresh New Zealand potatoes, The Australian Greens today.

 

"I have been warning against fresh potato imports from New Zealand ever since they were proposed because of the unacceptably high level of risk posed by the tomato-potato psyllid, a pest not found in Australia, and one that has caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to the New Zealand potato industry.

 

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Abbott’s global warming fig leaf getting smaller

Responding to this morning's revelation that the Abbott opposition would make green carbon commitments only 25 years long instead of the global standard of 100 years, Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said:

"Tony Abbott is now proposing to waste even more taxpayers' money on globally unusable carbon offsets instead of investing in building a clean energy economy.

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Greens call for country of origin labelling for food

"Australian consumers want to support Australian farmers and want to be able to identify food that has been grown in Australia, and to that end the Greens are introducing a bill  that responds to the needs of Australian consumers and agriculturalists." Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens, said today.

 "The Accurate Country of Origin Labelling for Food bill will provide clear food-specific country of origin labelling so that customers will better understand where the produce they buy comes from.

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