- Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2008 20:05
Da Folha de S. Paulo
The relationship between the expansion of agrofuels and the production of food has taken over the international agenda. The world agriculture is still going through deep transformations. The advance of the comodification of food and the genetic control of seeds which have always been the heritage of humanity has been accelerated.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 April 2008 07:00
COAG - CPE, Members of Via Campesina - April 17th, International day of peasant struggle
At the occasion of the international day of the peasant struggle, the European organizations members of Via Campesina call for resistance to the power of the multinational corporations on our food. The crisis related to the rise of the food prices shows that the logic of the market can not ensure the food safety of the peoples. On the contrary, the liberalization of the markets and the privatization of the agricultural resources, in particular through the multilateral (WTO) and bilateral (FTA and EPA) free trade agreements worsen the speculation on the agricultural markets and thus cause an instability of the farm prices which has dramatic consequences at the same time for the consumers and the small producers.
- Published on Saturday, 05 April 2008 00:23
Response from the Indian and international farmer's movements
(Delhi, 31 March 2008) Indian and international peasants movement are meeting today in Delhi to discuss and develop their solution to the current food crisis. Peasants, small farmers, landless farmers and indigenous people are facing harsh living conditions all over the world. It is also the case in India. Neoliberal corporate globalization driven by the WTO has forced countries to open their domestic markets to import agriculture products and to cut subsidies. As a results, farmers have been losing their livelihoods and even their lives.
- Published on Monday, 31 March 2008 20:32
Open letter of the European Farmers Coordination (CPE) and of COAG (Coordinadora de las Organizaciones de Agricultores y Ganaderos – Spain)Is it really a democratic consultation?
A private consultancy has been charged to carry out consultations to simplify and draft amendments of the EU rulings on the marketing of seeds. Thus a questionary was put on line in order to "consult" the interested parts.
We, farmers organizations in more than 20 European countries, denounce the undemocratic nature of this consultation process. The issue of conservation, exchange and trade of seeds concerns directly millions of farmers in Europe, as well as millions of men and women who grow their own vegetables. Moreover the preservation of biodiversity concerns all citizens; without it the future of humanity itself is endangered.