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Standing up on GMOs

Genetically modified foods have not been proven safe and the advertised benefits of GM crops are yet to be seen. Crop yields have not increased, but the use of pesticides on our food has.

GMOs contaminate at all levels of the food chain, but non-GM farmers must bear the cost of cleaning up GMO contamination and Australians still don't know if their food has GM ingredients.

Unlike the old parties, the Greens have a plan to protect farmers and consumers from the effects of genetically modified organisms:

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Helping our soils survive

How we treat our soil has major implications for our future food production and the viability of our agricultural land.

Topsoil is critical to our productivity, but like our fossil fuels, we're using and losing topsoil faster than it can be replaced. This loss is due to a range of factors, but the most significant causes are intensive fertiliser use and erosion caused by land clearing.

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Greens launch soil health plan to help farmers and agirculture

The Australian Greens have announced a new initiative to protect Australia's agricultural productivity from soil degradation.

"How we treat our soil has major implications for our future food production and the viability of our agricultural land," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

"The Greens care about the future of Australian agriculture, which is why we are announcing strong policies that help farmers, protect our farm land and provide a secure, affordable food supply into the future.

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Greens protect farmers from GM contamination

The Australian Greens have launched a new initiative to address the growing threat from big GM companies to our farmers, environment and consumer choice, to give farmers and consumers genuine choice and control over what they grow and eat.

"Despite decades of research and commercialisation, genetically modified foods have still not been proven safe and the promised benefits of GM crops are yet to be seen. The only people profiting from GM food and crops are the GM companies themselves," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on agriculture said today.

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Northern Australia needs responsible investment, not exploitation

The Australian Greens said today that critical investment in communities and infrastructure in Northern Australia needs to be based on clean, green industries, not a short term rush to exploitative resource development and unsustainable intensive agriculture.

"Northern Australia deserves a future of responsible and long term investment, not one of exploitation," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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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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Imported grapes a threat to WA - Greens

The Australian Greens are very concerned over the risks posed to WA's grape and wine industry, after the WA Government opened the door to importation of grapes from California.

"Just days after this decision, Californian grapes are in stores. This decision risks the future of our local growers for short-term profits of big retailers," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens concerned over chemical registration regime amid a new Four Corners report

The Australian Greens have expressed concern over reports that significant levels of dangerous ingredients, long thought to be eliminated from manufacturing process of weed killer, have been found in some generic brands of herbicide.

"This is an alarm bell for all Australians who handle chemicals, whether at home, on the farm, or for natural resource management purposes," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Rachel's Ag-Vet Chemicals Speech

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill has just passed the Senate and is a significant win for the environment, because it will ensure that many of the chemicals that were grandfathered into the scheme without re-testing will finally be re-registered against today's scientific standards.

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