[ensu] Wine and Cheese, Jobs, Bill Gates

  • From: "Matt Niedzielski" <mattniedzielski@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ensu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 22:49:20 -0500

There's a lot here

1) Equity Gardeners Wine and Cheese event
2) Jobs
3) Letter to Bill and Melinda Gates concerning GMOs


Dear UofT Equity Gardeners!

please join as we present


queer @ SMC Inaugural Wine and Cheese

All are welcome to join in this celebration of our official recognition!

Monday, November 17, 6:00 PM

Charbonnel Lounge
Elmsley Hall,
81 St. Mary Street

(see www.queeratsmc.net for map)

An evening of food, drink, live music, SMC's queer community and our allies.

Special thanks to the Office of LGBTQ Resources and a former Fellow of the 
Pontifical Institute for co-sponsoring this event.



Growing Sprouts and Seedlings - Online Workshop

November 10 - 28
Learn everything you need to know to grow hydroponic sprouting and seedling 
sprouts. Sprouts are highly nutritious, don't require a lot of fancy equipment 
to grow and are the epitomy of urban agriculture. Useful for home sprouters and 
community organizations interested in growing sprouts on a larger scale for 
food programs.

Sign-up prepared to participate in online discussions about sprouting and what 
you'd like to learn from the facilitators and others in the workshop!

To pre-register send an email to info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "register for 
Sprouting" in the subject line. Produce & Warehouse Manager FoodShare / Field 
to Table


Posted to GoodWork: November 1, 2003.

Application deadline: November 28, 2003.


FoodShare Toronto is seeking a hands-on Produce and Warehouse Manager, 
experienced as a food buyer or grower and with business and people skills, for 
its non-profit food distribution warehouse, the Field to Table Centre.

REPORTS TO: Field to Table Centre Manager


1. Orders all produce for FoodShare bulk sales, Good Food Box, school orders, 
farmer's markets and the Field to Table kitchen.

2. Maintains and expands FoodShare's relationship with farmers and suppliers, 
working to increase the share of food we buy that is directly sourced from 
local farmers.

3. Manages the 14,000 square foot 200 Eastern Avenue warehouse, ensuring that 
all systems are working well including waste management, pest control, snow 
removal, refrigeration, warehouse cleaning and organization.

4. Supervises the team that organizes Packing Days, working closely with the 
Focus on Food Manager and Good Food Box staff to ensure safe, efficient and 
productive packing days.

5. Develops and manages the implementation of the Good Food Box Business Plan.

6. Oversees the Head Driver, who is responsible for route development and 
deliveries and truck maintenance.

7. Coordinates the receiving of all food in the warehouse, and then is 
responsible for breaking down and developing new special and school orders.

8. Works closely with the Good Food Box Office Manager, the Good Food Box 
Coordinator's Coordinator to ensure the smooth functioning of the Good Food Box.

9. Manages data -bases and writes reports and fundraising grants as time 

10. Participates in FoodShare Management team meetings, as well as attending 
other internal committees, attend staff meetings and as time permits and are 
agreed upon, take on other responsibilities and tasks.

2003 SALARY RATE: $38,625 - $42,436 year plus benefits.


Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to
marylou@xxxxxxxxxxxxx before November 28, 2003.
Only candidates selected to be interviewed will be contacted.


Dear friends,

The Gates Foundation is donating $25m for research to combat malnutrition using 
Genetic Engineering. David Fleming, Director of Global Health Strategies at the 
Gates Foundation said, "Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which contribute to 
the deaths of millions of children each year, can be easily prevented by adding 
just a few key nutrients to staple foods." We need to put an end to this 
emerging partnership that will only support Monsanto morally and financially. 
Please submit your signature to oppose this act and circulate this letter. We 
plan to send the letter by next week!!!

If you want to sign-on, please send your contact details (including your 
country) to the email address below. PLEASE specify if it is an individual or 
organizational endorsement that you are making. Your signature will be included 
at the end of the letter.


Dear Bill and Melinda Gates,

Your generosity for supporting initiatives in education, world health and 
population, and community has gained worldwide recognition. However, your 
recent announcement that you are donating $25m for research in GM food 
nutrition is based on some fallacious premises and will work against your 
stated mission and world-wide interest. Your investment ignores scientific 
evidence on the actual and potential risks of GMO and the benefit of superior 
alternatives (The Case for a GM Free Sustainable World, Independent Science 
Panel on GM). Citizens worldwide have shown preference for alternatives such as 
biodiversity-based organic agriculture. Your contribution is thus NOT working 
for a safe and healthy nutrition, but is working AGAINST science and democracy. 
We are strongly urging you to withdraw your $25m to support a failing genetic 
engineering industry that is making false claims on improving nutrition

The claim that Genetic Engineering is improving nutrition is scientifically 
flawed. GM potato is claimed to contain 45% more protein than traditional 
potatoes. The protein content of the ordinary potato is 1.6 grams per 100 
grams. That is still nothing compared to 14.7gms of protein in100gm in 
Amaranth, or in peas (24.1 gm/100gm) or lentils (25.1 gm/100gm). According to 
Ramesh Bhat and S. Vasanthi of the National Institute of Nutrition at 
Hyderabad, to meet the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for protein from GM 
potatoes alone, the children would need to consume 1.5 kg of potatoes per day! 
The infamous Golden Rice would never solve Vitamin A deficiency because it only 
contains 30 microgram of Vit. A per 100 grams of grain. It is far more inferior 
compared to carrots (217-434 mcg/100mg), spinach (600mcg) or radish leaves 
(750mcg). In fact, one would have to consume 9 kg of cooked rice everyday to 
reach the RDA. Whereas eating 2 carrots a day would more than satisfy the 

Evidence from around the world, again and again confirms the failure of GM 
crops to deliver their promises. In 2002, the first commercial planting of Bt 
cotton in India was wiped out while non-GM varieties performed well, leaving GM 
planting farmers facing serious financial losses. A recent report from the UK 
field experiment clearly proved that GM crops significantly reduce wildlife, 
and they also find that contamination through pollination is many times higher 
than it was anticipated. (The Farm Scale Evaluations of spring-sown genetically 
modified crops, UK). Scientific evidences all point the uncertainty and 
instability of genetic engineering. Moreover, no research has been conducted to 
determine the long-term effect of GM crops on our health and the ecosystem.

By supporting GM food, the industries and agencies that are pushing it 
undemocratically, you are threatening the choice of citizens around the world 
to have safe food. Only four countries are growing genetically modified crops, 
with the US accounting for over 75%. And across the world, only one company, 
Monsanto, accounts for 93% of GM crops grown. Most people still firmly reject 
this technology. More than 35 countries, including the entire European Union 
have taken precautionary steps by restricting the growing and importation of GM 
foods, and requiring labeling of all foods with genetically modified 
ingredients. Many regions and cities around the world have even banned or 
imposed a moratorium on GMOs. Your funding of GM, in effect, is creating a 
subsidy for Monsanto and undermining people's choice.

By investing in GM food, you are increasing farmers' dependency on corporate 
agribusiness, threatening food security and biodiversity. Because of this 
dependency, many farmers are locked into high debts and as a result, farmer 
suicides, especially in developing countries, are increasing at an alarming 
rate. There are no socio-economic benefit in GM crops because of the expensive 
seed costs and royalties (Field Work: Weighing up the Costs and Benefits of GM 
Crops Strategy Unit of the Cabinet Office, UK). Instead of working for the 
interest of public good, you are favoring the interests of corporate 

Millions of farmers around the world have demonstrated that they can produce 
sufficient nutritious food in a sustainable manner, without GMOs. 208 
sustainable agriculture projects in 52 developing countries have shown 
productivity increases from 50 to 100%. (Reducing Food Poverty by Increasing 
Agriculture Sustainability in Developing Countries, J. N. Pretty et al.). If 
you really care about improving the health and nutrition of 3rd world 
communities we urge you to use your money to directly support small 
farmer-centered programs for biodiversity conservation and agro-ecology.


Vandana Shiva, Research Foundation for Science,
Technology and Ecology.
Mae-wan Ho, Institute of Science in Society (I-SIS)
Caroline Lucas, Member of the European
Parliament, Green Party, UK
Brian Tokar, Institute for Social Ecology
Beth Burrows, Edmonds Institute
Philip L. Bereano, University of Washington
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
Californians for GE Free Agriculture
Center for Ethics and Toxics (CETOS)
Organic Consumers Asssociation

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