- Published on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:36
Press Release – Brussels, 16th June 2015
European Coordination of Via Campesina stands in solidarity with the farmers protest taking place around Europe.
European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) supports the demonstration of farmers that will take place on 17 June in Amiens, France, and is in solidarity with the activists put on trial there. The struggle against the “1000 cow factory farm”, for which those on trial are being persecuted, has become an important symbol of the global fight against the industrialization of the agriculture.
The distorted competition created by factory farms holds multiple risks for farmers livelihoods, rural employment, food quality and the environment. Factory farms drive down prices by exploiting workers, livestock and the environment – costs for which they do not pay. In addition their investments drive up the cost of land, denying local farmers and new entrants access to agricultural land. These crimes are paid for by European taxes and supported by public policies such as CAP subsidies, investment support and prices guaranteed for the energy from bio-gas and photovoltaic all while destroying the peasant family farming. At the same time, the dismantling of the European milk quota system makes it even harder for family farmers to secure an honest livelihood and pitches small dairy farms into direct competition with factory farms that retain a price advantage only by externalising their costs onto the public.
- Published on Monday, 15 June 2015 17:27
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, May 2015 edition, is now available. This newsletter captures the discussions of the just ended Expo dei Popoli, held in Milan Italy. It highlights also the “Report IV Women’s Assembly of La Via Campesina, Jakarta Indonesia” and the different issues and actions from the regions. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
- Published on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 17:07
Alternative Expo event challenges the city’s flashy global extravaganza, promoting food sovereignty and highlighting flawed trade agreements
Rosie Scammell in Milan
Monday 8 June 2015
A restored warehouse in Italy’s financial capital might seem an unlikely place for a recent meeting of more than 180 grassroots activists, gathering in Milan to challenge the way the international food market is managed.
But the location of the People’s Expo forum last week had been carefully chosen to coincide with the city’s official Expo 2015, a world fair that gathers 140 countries together under a theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.
The motto is emblazoned throughout the site of the six-month Expo 2015, an architectural extravaganza where visitors are invited to each nation’s pavilion to collect a stamp in their theme park-style passport.
- 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.