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We must nourish our farming roots

Recent extreme weather in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania demonstrates Australian agriculture's frailty when faced with forces beyond its control.

Through a colossal chain of rain events triggered by La Niña and exacerbated by climate change, food producers are left staring at ruined crops while consumers face rising food prices.

Tasmanian farmers continue to struggle with the never-ending dance of drought, deluge, erratic weather and climate change.

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Congratulations Jeremy Buckingham: rural Greens voice in NSW Upper House

Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, today congratulated David Shoebridge, Jan Barham and Jeremy Buckingham on their election to the NSW Legislative Council following the final distribution of preferences.

"David, Jan, Jeremy, Cate, John and Jamie will be a strong Greens voice in both houses of the NSW Parliament," Senator Milne said.

"I am particularly delighted that Jeremy Buckingham has won a close-fought tussle for one of two final seats in the Upper House.

"NSW will now hear Jeremy's common-sense rural Green voice for the next eight years.

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Greens flag Senate Inquiry into Carbon Farming Initiative

The Australian Greens today expressed concerns about the Carbon Farming Initiative legislation introduced into the House of Representatives today and foreshadowed seeking support to refer the bill to a Senate Inquiry.

The concerns relate to both the potential of the bill to repeat the distortions in the land and water market caused by managed investment schemes and the potential to undermine the effectiveness and efficiency of the pollution price.

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Senate to examine Asian honey bee decision

The Greens today welcomed Senate support for an inquiry into the recent decision not to attempt to eradicate the Asian honey bee, an invasive species which presents a very significant threat to Australia's honey production and natural environment.

"Whilst there is any possibility that we can eradicate this bee, the government must intervene to support the Queensland government with the resources necessary to do so," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said

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Food law updates needed

Sydney Morning Herald columnist, Elizabeth Farrelly recently hit the nail on the head when asking why we are happy to play gastronomic Russian Roulette by eating without question any morsel offered us on a plate.
She was questioning why many of us blissfully indulge in healthy looking meals without any thought for the chemistry set that lies within, and was dismayed that a recent government-commissioned review of food labelling was happy for this to continue unabated.

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Asian honey bee incursion will sting Tasmanians if government does not act

The Tasmanian and Federal government's decision to pull the plug on eradicating the Asian honey bee incursion in Cairns will have dire consequences for Tasmanian apiarists, farmers and much of our wildlife if not reinstated, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

With beekeepers from around Australia converging on Canberra, the Greens today once again called on the Gillard government to step up and fund efforts to eradicate the invasive Asian honey bee and to protect our food security and Tasmania's unique honey industry while it still has the chance.

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Don't risk our honey, bees and food security

With beekeepers from around Australia converging on Canberra, the Greens today once again called on the Gillard government to step up efforts to eradicate the invasive Asian honey bee and to protect our food security and this much-loved industry while it still has the chance.

The Asian honey bee incursion at Cairns presents a very significant threat to Australia's honey production and natural environment and the government must urgently review its disputed conclusion that the bee cannot be eradicated.

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Don't risk our honey, bees and industry: Government must rethink Asian honey bee threat

The Asian honey bee incursion at Cairns presents a very significant threat to Australia's honey production and natural environment and the Greens today called on the Gillard government to review its conclusion that the bee cannot be eradicated.

"Whilst there is any possibility that we can eradicate this bee, the Gillard government must intervene to support the Queensland government with the resources necessary to do so," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said

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