GM-Free Australia Alliance hosts forum in Sydney 3 March 2014

GM-Free Australia Alliance Media Release: 25 February 2014


Loss of local control of farmland and food production, and the fate of GM foods, are key topics at this Forum, at 7pm on Monday 3rd March in The Addison Road Community Centre 142 Addison Road, Marrickville

Celebrating 2014, the year of the family farmer, speakers will explain the threat of genetically modified (GM) crops to farms and food sovereignty.

Michael Croft, President of the Australia Food Sovereignty Alliance, will speak on the global movement for seed and food sovereignty, while Mary Nenke, West Australia family farmer and “Rural Woman” award winner will speak out on her concerns about seed monopolies.

Michael and Mary, will argue that “foreign investment in land and infrastructure should be strictly limited” at the “Intelligence Squared” debate on the following night.

Solicitor, Beatrice Ludwig comments on the West Australian GM contamination trial now on and Claire Bleakley, President of GE-Free New Zealand, speaks on recent gains in community opposition to GM crops. Fred Haskins, NSW farmer, will recount his farming experiences and the threat of GM crops.

Fran Murrell from MADGE will explain why mothers are increasingly concerned about food safety, faced with the globalisation of food and the complete lack of clear labelling to show what we are feeding our families.

The evening will encourage lively debate about the future of food and the urgent need to protect land and seed from the influence of multinational chemical companies.

Comment and Panellist contact details : Jessica Harrison, Coordinator: GM Free Australia Alliance   Mobile : 0407 307 231



Sydney GM Free Australia Alliance Forum




  • Fred Haskins – New South Wales farmer – GM threat to farms and food.
  • Fran Murrell – MADGE – food freedom
  • Beatrice Ludwig- Solicitor- on GM and Steve Marsh
  • Michael Croft – President, Australia Food Sovereignty Alliance – global movement for seed and food sovereignty.
  • Mary Nenke RIRDC Inaugural Rural Women’s Award Winner WA and family farmer – on seed monopolies.
  • Claire Bleakley – President of GE Free New Zealand – “How we are keeping GM crops out of Aotearoa”


  • MC : Alistair Duncan, Director, Eco Living Centre


Supper on sale from 6.30pm. Net proceeds to support Steve Marsh, organic farmer whose GM contamination case is before the WA Supreme Court.

The Addison Road Community Centre

142 Addison Road

Marrickville NSW 2204

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