- Published on Friday, 11 April 2014 16:29
(Harare, April 10, 2014) The International farmers' movement La Via Campesina is launching a new documentary on April 17 to celebrate the international day of peasant's struggle. "The Jakarta Call" is a 38 minutes film featuring the exchanges, debates and reflections of the movement's VIth International Conference that took place in Jakarta in June 2013. This new documentary highlights the cultural diversity and the values of solidarity and unity converging in this political project. It reflects the multitude of local struggles for the defence of a food system by and for the people. Watch the teaser on Via Campesina TV
- Published on Friday, 11 April 2014 16:09
(January 20, 2014- Saskatoon, SK): Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act favours further consolidation of the seed industry into a few corporate hands, which will end up costing farmers more for seeds of all types.
“The government is selling the ag omnibus legislation as ‘the only way’ to provide the new plant varieties that farmers need to maintain their competitive advantage,” says Terry Boehm, Chair of the NFU’s Seed and Trade Committee. “We – and many other farmers and progressive thinkers in the world – know that there are other ways to ensure that farmers have access to new seed varieties in ways that do not compromise either our national sovereignty or our control over seeds and, therefore, over our food.”
The NFU has put forward “Fundamental Principles for a Farmers’ Seed Act” which recognizes the inherent rights of farmers to save, reuse, select, exchange and sell seeds, while protecting public domains related to plant seeds. The principles build on Canada’s 2002 signing of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, by which farmers would retain their “customary” use of seed.
- Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014 21:37
NFU sign on letter : Stop Bill C-18
Canada's government is preparing to pass a new law, Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, that would put Canadian farmers under the UPOV '91 Plant Breeders' Rights regime. This new law would give global seed corporations vast new power to control seed - and to profit from it on the backs of farmers.
The National Farmers Union is working hard to stop this from happening.
You can help by signing on to the letter below in solidarity with the farmers of Canada.
- Published on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:11
Why do we defend Peasant Seeds?
This year we dedicate the 17th of April, international day of peasant struggles, to the defense of seeds. Seeds are an essential basis for achieving food sovereignty because almost everything in agriculture depends on them: What we can plant and how it is grown; the quality and nutrition of our food, our ability to account for different tastes and cultural preferences; and also the wellbeing of our communities, our ecosystems and the planet. In this article we explain why this implies not so much the defense of seeds as such but especially the defense of peasant seeds—that is, seeds that remain in the hands of the peasant and family farmers of the world. We also give some examples of how we are carrying out this defense among the organizations in the 73 countries that make up La Vía Campesina.