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Originally published 13Jul2011


Fri at Farmers Market, films & news

Newsletter 96 - 13 July 2011


Mullum Farmers Market this Friday 15 July has a special event... wear your most colourful gladrags and you could be in the running for a prize of $50 Market Gift Voucher and $25 voucher for the runners up. There are four sections – most colourfully dressed man, woman, teen and child. Stallholders will be getting in on the act, and a professional photographer will be out to snap you. Please pass the word around your friends and help to make this a big event, which could become annual. Details call 66845390.


In a rather desperate attempt to ‘look local", Woolworths are canvassing our farmers markets to find someone to pose for them. And posing it could well be, as apparently one farmer who said she didn"t have enough produce to supply them was told "only a couple of cartons would do". The woman charged with this recruitment drive is apparently attractive, blonde and hails from Rocklea Markets in Brisbane so she would be quite innocent of the bullies" tactics which have featured in Woolworths" colonisation of Mullumbimby. We hope to get an interview with this woman for our website.

CHANGE ACTIVISM – can you help important research?
PhD Commerce candidate Petra Meyer from Uni of Wollongong seeks participation from 600 activists/boycotters to help research about ‘change". Survey takes about 30 mins to complete. Please go to for info and links or go direct to

Kingaroy, Qld. See above blog pigswillfly for details.

However, don"t get too relaxed as 95% of Darling Downs is currently under coal mining permits. Activists warn there will be THIRTY OPEN CUT COALMINES in next 10 to 12 years.
• Friends of Felton -
• Toowoomba Coal Mine Action Group (Glen Zimmerle:
• Lock the Gate Alliance –
• The Hunter Valley Thoroughbred Breeders is strongly against coal -

‘THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS" - documentary about the worldwide movement for localisation, followed by panel discussion by director and producer Helena Norberg Hodge
Mullumbimby Civic Hall
Thurs 21 July – 6 pm for 7 pm screening
Tickets $12 or $10 conc.
Beautiful vegetarian catering by Santos Kitchen may be purchased at the event

Both hard-hitting and inspirational, ‘The Economics of Happiness" reveals some uncomfortable truths about today"s global economy, which is creating divisiveness, financial instability and environmental breakdown worldwide.
In stark contrast, it shows how people around the world are already engaged in exploring alternative visions of prosperity: uniting around a common cause to build more ecological, more human-scale, more local economies.
The film features a chorus of voices from six continents, including
Vandana Shiva, Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche, and Clive Hamilton.

David Suzuki: "A powerful film that cuts deeply to the heart of the global crisis. Magnificent!"


Near Bundaberg, the Kepnock community is banding together as KRAG (Kepnock Residents Action Group) to fight a Woolworths Megastore for Home Improvements in a prime residential area close to the High School. Spokesperson Mary Walsh can be found at!/kuriong and there is also a Facebook KRAG site. Mary and residents are not happy about being collateral damage in Woolworths" war against Bunnings.


New, independently produced Australian made documentary Anima Mundi is about permaculture, peak oil, climate change and the Gaia theory and features David Holmgren (co-founder of permaculture), Vandana Shiva, Michael C Ruppert (Collapse), Michael Reynolds (Garbage Warrior), John Seed (Deep Ecology), Dr Stephan Harding (Gaian Ecology), Permablitz, Noam Chomsky and others.

View trailer:
Screening licenses and DVDs are now available in Australia.


Getup"s campaign to shame Harvey Norman last week for using old growth Aussie rainforest timber in outdoor furniture has resulted in Harvey admitting that he is an environmentalist too. See the ad and more info on


Via Campesina is an international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers. We are an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent of any political, economic, or other type of affiliation. Born in 1993, La Via Campesina now gathers about 150 organisations in 70 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Food sovereignty forum in Europe, Krems, Austria 16 – 21 August: (this link is in French: contact me at MCAN website if you want me to forward you details in English).

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