- 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".
- Published on Saturday, 06 June 2015 06:37
The pan-European campaign for people’s control of food, land seeds and water kicks off today.
(Milan, June 5, 2015) With the current food system triggering land grabbing, climate change, hunger and malnutrition, an alliance of 16 European organisations, including peasant movements, environmental, and human rights groups have presented today “Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty”. Launched at the civil society-organised Expo dei Popoli in Milan, the collective campaign will support alternative solutions around the food-energy-land-climate nexus, disregarded at the official Expo 2015. The partners in the campaign have a long history of engagement in support of movements’ struggles for democratic control of the food system and access to land.
- Published on Friday, 05 June 2015 14:19
(Milan, June 2, 2015) - La Via Campesina, international movement representing 200 million peasants, agricultural workers, indigenous and nomadic people, will be gathering at People's Expo to bring in the voices of the farmers that feed the world and that are not represented in Expo Milan 2015.
A media conference will take place June 3rd in the People's Expo location: Fabbrica del Vapore.
Farmers all over the world struggle every day for their rights to access natural resources like water and land and to protect their traditional, climate neutral and diverse ways of food production. Elizabeth Mpofu (Zimbabwe), Hanny Van Geel (The Netherland), Esperanza de Jesus Ruiz Vallejos (Nicaragua) and Andrea Ferrante (Italy) will talk about right to food sovereignty through agroecological models of production and consumption.
- Published on Thursday, 04 June 2015 17:24
(Italy, Milan, June 3, 2015) Good morning to everyone. I am an organic farmer from the Netherlands. I represent the international movement of La Via Campesina, which is a federation of movements, and its members are more than 200 million food producers all over the world.
I am happy to have the opportunity to welcome you all on behalf of the international networks that worked in the international facilitating committee to support this Expo dei Popoli.
Why is it important for us all to be here at Expo dei Popoli in Milan?