- Published on Friday, 16 October 2015 14:55
(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!
- Published on Thursday, 15 October 2015 21:20
La Via Campesina Press Release
(Harare, October 15, 2015) After a week of arduous debates at the FAO headquarters in Rome, on the 9th of October, The Governing Body of the International Seed Treaty (1) in its sixth session had to choose between plague and cholera: to accept as fait accompli its irregular "governance arrangements”, to say the least, or to sink into an open crisis.
To prevent immediate burst, it has declared valid:
- The commitment of its secretariat to the DivSeek program that organizes biopiracy at a global level. DivSeek’s aim is to sequence the genomes of all varieties stored in gene banks. This program is working towards is the electronic publication of genetic information on seeds entrusted to the gene banks for which the Treaty is responsible without including any prohibition to patent nor to share benefits, thus violating the rules of the Treaty.
- Published on Thursday, 15 October 2015 18:04
In a new report launched today, small scale food producers present their first ever common vision on agroecology for Food Sovereignty to Governments assembled at the Committee on World Food Security. Representing the producers of 70% of the world’s food, they call for an immediate transformation of food system towards agroecology.
“Agroecology practised by small scale producers generates local knowledge, promotes social justice, nurtures identity and culture and strengthens the economic viability of rural areas,” states the Report (http://www.foodsovereignty.org/agroecologynyeleni2015) of the International Forum for Agroecology at the Nyeleni Center, Mali. “Agroecology is political; it requires us to challenge and transform structures of power in society. We need to put the control of seeds, biodiversity, land and territories, waters, knowledge, culture and the commons in the hands of the peoples who feed the world.”
- Published on Thursday, 15 October 2015 17:54
Brussels, October 15, 2015
The European Coordination of Via Campesina (ECVC) expresses its solidarity with the 11 farmers arrested on the 6th October in the Western Pomerania Province and calls for the immediately release of the detained farmers with full pardon.
We condemn this repression of legitimate protest and the tactics of intimidation being employed by the Polish authorities. We call on the Polish government to work with the farmers’ organizations and prioritize access to agricultural land for family farmers over the sale of agricultural land to foreign companies.
As an organization representing 27 farmers’ and agricultural workers’ organizations from 18 European countries we are fully aware of the risks that the sale of public land to foreign corporations holds for farmers livelihoods and national food security. Across Europe, farmers are struggling to maintain access to land in the face of land concentration and land grabs, often facilitated by public bodies. You are not alone in Poland, this is a European struggle and farmers must stand together to defend their rights.