Climate change and agrofuels

An International Farmers Alliance Links Climate Change to Industrial Agriculture

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-11-20-mongolia_drought.jpgFirst published by RURAL AMERICA IN THESE TIMES, November 17, 2015

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agriculture is responsible for a major portion of the increase of greenhouse gases. Not all agriculture has the same impact, however—the vast majority of the effect comes from the post WWII industrial agricultural system.

This system—an agricultural model based on capital concentration, high fossil energy consumption, overproduction, consumerism and trade liberalization—has put our planet’s ecosystems at risk and pushed human communities toward disaster. 

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"Together, we can cool the planet!" - full video

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-15_GrainLVC_videoccen_1.png(Harare, October 16, 2015) For many years, La Vía Campesina and GRAIN have been telling the world about how the agroindustrial food system causes half of all greenhouse gas emissions. But the world's governments are refusing to face these problems head on, and the Paris Summit in December is approaching without any effective commitment to doing so on their part.

This new video (Together, we can cool the planet!) by La Vía Campesina and GRAIN gives you the information you need to understand how the agroindustrial food system is impacting our climate, and at the same time what we can do to change course and start cooling the planet. And every single one of us is part of the solution!

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UAWC - Recommendations for Climate Change Adaptation

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-06-UAWC.jpg(Ramallah, October 6, 2015) the Union of Agricultural Work Committees organized a conference about climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in cooperation with the Palestine Technical CollegeArroub in the governorate of Hebron A delegation from the international peasant movement (La Vía Campesina), Grassroots organization, representatives of local NGOs and members of agricultural committees and women's cooperatives attended the conference.

The conference focused on different topics such as global climate change, food sovereignty, Palestinian policies, agricultural sector challenges, and roles that youth play in tackling climate change, as well as climate change impacts in Palestine especially in the light of the Israeli control over Palestinian natural resources.

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Together we can cool the planet

poster-ENsc.jpg(Harare, October 1, 2015) Get ready to watch a short film about the food system and the climate crisis!

On October 16, World Day of Action for Food Sovereignty, Rosalía will tell us how “together we can cool the planet”! The connections between the agro-industrial food system and the climate crisis are explained in a video by the small farmers of the world, along with the solutions that we can build together to respond to this crisis. 

Click here to watch the trailer and spread the word!

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Peasant agriculture is a true solution to the climate crisis

La Via Campesina call to action for COP21 in Paris

AFICHE INGLES COP.jpgClimate disruptions this year have again caused widespread hunger, migration and the worsening of living conditions for millions of rural families, especially women and youth. While small farmers around the world continue to produce the food most people eat, glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, species of plants and animals are disappearing daily, islands and nations are being reclaimed by oceans, soils are eroding and forests igniting, and catastrophic events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis are becoming commonplace. Meanwhile, the global food system imposed on people by Transnational Corporations (TNCs) is both a total failure and one of the main causes of the human-induced climate crisis – dependent on fossil fuels to produce, transform and transport, it is responsible for an estimated 44 to 57% of all global greenhouse emissions1. Instead of nutritious food for the world's people, TNCs have produced hunger and obesity, land grabs and rural displacement, and a climate crisis they now hope to cash in on with false solutions sold at the United Nations.

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New infographic on climate disruption and agriculture


Here is a new infographic from the Confederation Paysanne, explaining how industrial agriculture is contributing to climate disruption, and how small-scale agroecology farming can cool the plant and feed the people without compromising our future. Download here and share it as we prepare for COP21 

We want system change not climate change

logo-eurovia.pngPress Release, Brussels 4 March 2015

Today, the European Coordination of Via Campesina (ECVC), brought together over 50 farmers, MEPs, and representatives of the European Commission for the ‘Climate change: Peasant answers´ conference in Brussels. This follows the General Assembly of the European Coordination Via Campesina, where representatives of 28 European farming organisations met for 3 days to discuss the strategy and priorities of the movement. With new members joining and an increasing participation of young people, this assembly highlights the increasing relevance and power of ECVC in fields and farms across Europe.

 In 2015 ECVC will denounce the false solutions to climate change offered by climate smart agriculture and the green economyWe affirm that it is peasant and small-scale farmers, using agro-ecological methods, who are the solution to the climate crisis. This is the message that we will take to the 21st Climate Conference in Paris this December and this is why we will continue to resist the negotiation of bilateral ´free-trade´ agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by the European Commission.

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