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PrintJohannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Oakland US—19 March2013—Civil society groups from South Africa, Latin America-
especially Brazil, Argentina- and the United States are deeply disturbed by the recent decision by the South African GMO authorities
to grant approval for the import into South Africa, of Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) soybean variety (DAS-44406-6). This
variety is genetically engineered to resist liberal applications of the toxic chemicals 2,4-D, glufosinate and glyphosate. Such an
approval is calculated to add weight to Dow’s applications for approvals of this GE variety for commercial growing especially in
Brazil, Argentina, and the US.

“We condemn the decision by the South African authorities. Once
again, economic interests are riding roughshod over our government’s
stewardship role to protect the health of our citizens and
environment. The decision to approve this GE soybean variety is all
the more galling in light of a current motion by the African Christian
Democratic Party before the South African Parliament, to overturn a
previous decision to allow imports of Dow’s 2,4-D tolerant GE maize
into South Africa.” said Mariam Mayet of the African Centre for
Biosafety. This GM maize has been dubbed “agent orange” maize by
the media, owing to the use of 2,4 D as an ingredient in the infamous
chemical, Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War to devastating effects.

South Africa is the largest producer of GMO foods on the African continent. Read More


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Dear Sir/Madam:

In the past year or so, I have seen a growing assault on a specific type of individual freedom. A seemingly innocuous activity has drawn the ire of local officials, and when I tell you what it is, you will think it is so silly you just might laugh. You might even think that paying attention to this issue is a waste of your limited time, but I can assure you from my own personal experience that it absolutely is not.

In June of 2011 I faced a 93 day jail sentence for growing vegetables in my front yard. Yes, you read that correctly. There was no other issue, no hidden criminal mischief, no homeowner’s association, no history of any other violations. There was nothing in the municipal code that prohibited growing vegetables in the front yard, nor was there anything, unsightly or even vaguely menacing. Yet I was charged with a misdemeanor. If my case was an isolated incident, we could just attribute it to an overzealous city planner and that would be the end of the story.

But in September of 2011, Memphis high school teacher Adam Guerrero was ordered to dismantle a similar garden. In his case, he used the garden to educate students from the local high school about growing food, making soap and biodiesel, harvesting honey, and giving youth productive and constructive ways to use their time. For this he was dragged into court and labelled a troublemaker.
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The most obvious health benefit from gardening is the hard labour. One hour of hard gardening can burn up to 300 calories, and can help reduce heart disease and strengthen muscles. The fresh air is great for you, and you can also get some sunlight, which will boost your vitamin D levels.

But it’s not all about the physical benefits. Gardening has been proven to help mental health too, as the work can reduce stress. You can also get social benefits, if you can talk to your neighbours while you garden, or if other members of your family work with you.

Teaching a child to garden can teach them alot of responsibility, not to forget the reward of seeing something grow.

If you grow your own vegetables, then this will encourage you to eat healthier, and you can save lots of money from not having to buy groceries. It’s also great to grow herbs, as these can be used to flavour meals, meaning less need for salt.

Ask at your local garden centre for help starting your garden growing process, and you’ll soon be feeling fitter and healthier.

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