Actions and Events

National Farmers Union to be part of climate change solutions in Manitoba

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(Deleau, MB, February 1, 2016) - The National Farmer Union (NFU) is working with the Manitoba government to develop new ways for the province’s farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and to reduce the impacts of climate change on our farms. The NFU, along with other organizations and sectors, is participating in a wide-ranging project to address climate change, initiated by the Manitoba Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship and funded by the provincial government through the Climate Change Action Fund.

“The research we are about to undertake will provide a solid foundation for policy recommendations to support farmers’ role in making agriculture more climate-friendly,” said Ian Robson, NFU Region 5 (Manitoba) Coordinator. “We are in an excellent position to look at the big picture of climate and agriculture and help make agriculture policy that addresses the farm, the community, rural and urban people so that the food system supports a vibrant standard of living that is environmentally sustainable.”

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System Change Grounded in Food Sovereignty at the 2015 Climate Talks in Paris

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by Terran Giacomini, NFU Associate Member

I participated in La Vía Campesina’s international delegation to the United Nations climate meeting (COP21) in Paris, France, from December 5 to 12, 2015.  It was evident that social movement activism is helping us move swiftly and peacefully away from fossil capitalism, with its climate crises, and toward a new social order that prioritizes food and energy sovereignty.

The activism in Paris emphasized three key themes:

(1) social movements are focused on system change and not on ‘green’ capitalist reform;

(2) the movements are converging and strengthening unity with one another and;

(3) women are widely recognized to be on the frontlines of the system-change struggle, especially indigenous women and women of colour.

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Debate on the milk crisis: the global impact of exports and local solutions

Press Invitation

Brussels, January 11, 2016

European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC)  kindly invites you to a public debate it is organizing on the current crisis of the European dairy sector, this Thursday 14 January at 2pm in the International Press Center.

The discussion with Indian dairy farmer Kannaiyan Subramaniam, representative of the Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements of South India (SICCFM), along with his European counterparts, will shed light on the export policy response of the EU to the dairy crisis as well as share insight on the current free trade agreement negotiated between India and the EU.

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Which way after Paris Agreement?

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann (First published on 13/12/15 by New Internationalist)

La Via Campesina’s agroecology and food sovereignty offers one possible path toward climate justice, writes Marienna Pope-Weidemann in part one of this two part series.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-01-campesina-compressor.jpgIn 2007, a man named Keno was killed with two bullets to the chest at point blank range near the Iguagu National Park in Brazil. He was one of many farmers peacefully occupying a GMO research plant to protest the imposition of an industrial agricultural system that had no place for them. The men who murdered him were part of a private militia working for the Syngenta biotech corporation. They perpetrated what the courts would later describe as an attempted ‘massacre’ to, in Syngenta’s chilling words: ‘propagate the idea that every action results in a reaction.’

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