Actions and Events

Why ‘climate-smart agriculture’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Teresa Anderson

(Original article published on The Guardian)

Friday 17 October 2014

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There’s a new phrase in town. A growing number of governments, corporations and NGOs are using the term climate-smart agriculture to describe their activities. With climate change affecting farming worldwide, you might assume we should be celebrating this as a step in the right direction.

But many organisations in the food movement are wary of or even opposed to this concept. They share growing concerns that the term is being used to green-wash practices that are, in fact, damaging for the climate and for farming. Many are worried that the promotion of climate-smart agriculture could end up doing more harm than good.

At the United Nations secretary general’s climate summit in New York last month, heads of state such as President Barack Obama referred to the need for climate-smart crops to weather the challenges ahead. The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, announced the launch of the new Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, involving governments, corporations, research institutes and NGOs.

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October 16th, World Day of Action For Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations

Food Sovereignty is the right of the world’s peoples to produce and consume healthy food. Food cannot be reduced to a commodity in the hands of the transnational corporations

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_stoptnc_efsa_Llamado_16_de_Octubre_foto.jpgThe international peasant and family farmer movement, La Via Campesina, is calling upon its member organisations across the world, and on grassroots organisations, allied social groups, and concerned consumers to be part of the World Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty  and against  transnational corporations, this coming October 16th, 2014.

Every year La Via Campesina organizes this Day of solidarity, resistance, and mobilization in order to make citizens aware of the current threats to Peoples’ Food Sovereignty.

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Rome: STOP TTIP, CETA and other destructive trade policies

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_fta_fta-rome.jpg(Rome, 11th October) The delegation of La Via Campesina, gathered in Rome for the meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), reiterates its rejection of the ongoing negotiations of several free trade agreements such as the TTIP[1], TPP[2] and CETA[3]. We do this within the framework of the Global Day of Action against TTIP and in solidarity with the 16th October, the Global Day of Action for Food Sovereignty. The delegation is participating in the 41st session of the CFS where the 10th anniversary of the Right to Food Guidelines is being celebrated. For small-scale farmers there is no reason to celebrate however, as the implementation of the Guidelines has not advanced at all. Conversely, trade negotiations, contrary to the Right to Food, are advancing at a concerning pace.

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La Confédération paysanne occupies Cargill headquarters in France

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(France, September 25, 2014) To denounce the imminent signing of CETA and demand  a stop to negotiations on TTIP, the Confédération paysanne (2nd largest farmer union in France) occupied yesterday headquarters of Cargill FR, the first food processing multinational in the world.

The hundred activists unfurled a banner of 25m x 10m on the front of the head office, with the following message: "Holland, Juncker, Obama: don't offer farmers and citizens to multinationals, Stop TTIP /CETA". They occupied buildings and the trading floor the whole day, until they got an appointment with the office of Secretary of State for French Foreign Trade, Mr. Matthias Fekl.

Photos of the action 

These agreements are a major threat for french, European and north American agriculture and food. Their conclusions would lead to accelerated destruction of human scale farms, the only ones able to guarantee jobs in rural areas, good food and to preserve the environment. 

Inevitably they will be replaced by factories (as the 1000 milk cows factory we're fighting in France), namely their perfect antithesis. Furthermore, these agreements will strengthen multinationals domination, in law and in facts, over the farmers and citizens around the world. La Confederation paysanne calls for a mass rally to block factory farms and stop free trade agreements and prevent these kind of dynamics that kill alternatives and great projects, especially for food and agriculture. 

For your information, 6 unionists (farmers) and 3 activists will be sued before a criminal court October the 28th, in Amiens (north of France) because they've participated in civil disobedience actions over one year, to block this industrialization of agriculture. We'll be thankful if you could send us supports, any kind you could ! (written or video testimonies, donations, etc) in order to face this event and make it a symbol of resistance. Thank you in advance !

http://www.confederationpaysanne.fr/

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