- Published on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 16:19
Seeds are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly put limitations on what farmers can do with their seeds and with the seeds they buy. Seed saving, a thousand-year-old old practice which forms the basis of farming, is fast becoming criminalised. What can we do about this?
DEFEND FARMERS’ OWN SEED SYSTEMS
Farmers’ fields are the first line of defense against bad seed laws. This means organising to rescue, collect, maintain, develop, share and use local farmer’s seeds. It is very important that women and young people are all involved. You can start a project with neighbours or local associations, talk to market or street vendors, get schools or you work place involved, etc. Seed fairs and visits to farms and gardens are an important part of this work.
- Published on Saturday, 06 June 2015 08:17
Title: Sowers of struggles and hope for feminism and food sovereignty!
Report IV Women’s Assembly of La Via Campesina, Jakarta Indonesia
Language: English (available also in French and Spanish soon)
Summary: The struggle to build new gender relations in the 20 years since the existence of la Vía Campesina has demanded of us women two types of revolution: firstly, one which accepts that the patriarchal system and sexism have existed throughout history and which denounces capitalism and neoliberal models as the main causes behind increasing discrimination and violence against us women. And secondly, another revolution, which analyses the problems of social relations within our movement, promotes our political participation and recognises the role we have played and the impact we have had on the historical construction of the Via Campesina.
This report captures the exchanges of the 4th Women’s Assembly aimed to strengthen our organisation. Issues discussed include the capitalism crisis and its consequences for women; patriarchy; the campaign to stop violence against women; feminism and the challenges in constructing a peasant and working class feminism.
Edition: La Via Campesina
- Published on Saturday, 06 June 2015 07:04
The first international forum of civil society and peasant's movements ended today
(Milan, June 5, 2015) People’s Expo ended today, the first international forum of civil society and peasant’s movements that began on the 3rd of June at La Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. "An event - says Giosué De Salvo, the organizing Committee spokesman – that wanted to fill the gaps of the official Expo 2015, inviting to participate the critical actors excluded from the Universal Exhibition: peasants, fisherfolk, pastoralists, and indigenous persons, who produce 70% of food consumed globally, they are the main investors in agriculture but, at the same time, they are the most oppressed by the so-called free market".
The event was organized by 50 NGOs and associations of the Italian civil society, rallying more than 180 representatives of 14 networks and peasant’s movements from over 50 countries of the world.
- Published on Saturday, 06 June 2015 06:47
Tomorrow, last day of the peasant summit, the final output document will be presented
(Milan, June 4, 2015) – “We are living a paradox: the good and healthy food is not a right for everyone, but only for rich people. This is because the so- called free market actually is not free at all, it can be compared to a chicken coop where foxes are left free to enter and slaughter ". This is what Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food International, said today at People’s Expo, an international forum of civil society and peasant movements ongoing at La Fabbrica del Vapore, in Milan, until June the 5th. "We know foxes, far too well”, said Petrini: “they do big business on the backs of the humble, peasants, fishermen and small-scale breeders. Local realities are under the thumb of free market, while they should be protected not only because they feed the most part of the people but also because they are preserving biodiversity".