- 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.
- Published on Saturday, 06 June 2015 08:17
Title: Sowers of struggles and hope for feminism and food sovereignty!
Report IV Women’s Assembly of La Via Campesina, Jakarta Indonesia
Language: English (available also in French and Spanish soon)
Summary: The struggle to build new gender relations in the 20 years since the existence of la Vía Campesina has demanded of us women two types of revolution: firstly, one which accepts that the patriarchal system and sexism have existed throughout history and which denounces capitalism and neoliberal models as the main causes behind increasing discrimination and violence against us women. And secondly, another revolution, which analyses the problems of social relations within our movement, promotes our political participation and recognises the role we have played and the impact we have had on the historical construction of the Via Campesina.
This report captures the exchanges of the 4th Women’s Assembly aimed to strengthen our organisation. Issues discussed include the capitalism crisis and its consequences for women; patriarchy; the campaign to stop violence against women; feminism and the challenges in constructing a peasant and working class feminism.
Edition: La Via Campesina
- Published on Saturday, 06 June 2015 07:04
The first international forum of civil society and peasant's movements ended today
(Milan, June 5, 2015) People’s Expo ended today, the first international forum of civil society and peasant’s movements that began on the 3rd of June at La Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. "An event - says Giosué De Salvo, the organizing Committee spokesman – that wanted to fill the gaps of the official Expo 2015, inviting to participate the critical actors excluded from the Universal Exhibition: peasants, fisherfolk, pastoralists, and indigenous persons, who produce 70% of food consumed globally, they are the main investors in agriculture but, at the same time, they are the most oppressed by the so-called free market".
The event was organized by 50 NGOs and associations of the Italian civil society, rallying more than 180 representatives of 14 networks and peasant’s movements from over 50 countries of the world.