- Published on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 14:51
A group representing small, sustainable farmers has staged a protest against British Sugar, demanding a “fair deal” for small producers.
About 50 activists from the Landworkers Alliance (LWA) gathered outside British Sugar’s factory in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday (29 April).
Farmers from across the UK were joined by New York-based performance artists “Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping” to oppose the government’s “biased and short-sighted focus on industrial farming”.
LWA branded British Sugar as a “symbol of how broken our current food system is” because the £12.9bn company, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods, controls “all of the sugar processing in the UK”.
- Published on Monday, 04 May 2015 19:48
Declaration by La Via Campesina North America and the European Coordination Via Campesina
April 30th, 2015
On both side of the Atlantic, peasants, farmers, farm and rural workers refuse free trade policies.
We maintain that CETA, the TTIP, TPP and related agreements are unnecessary for trade between countries, and that these agreements will limit the ability of elected governments to make laws, regulations, policies and programs in the interest of the public, farmers and our environment. While the trade-related aspects of these agreements will not benefit farmers, they will weaken important safeguards and institutions that each country’s citizens have created and which reflect important social values.
Trade agreements such as CETA, TPP and the TTIP increase corporations’ ability to control regulations for their own benefit. Trade agreement negotiators, meeting in strict secrecy promise benefits to farmers that are largely fictional. Increased exports do not increase farmer incomes, but instead lead to a race to the bottom in terms of prices paid to farmers and quality delivered to consumers. These proposed trade arrangements increasingly put farmers as well as food and farm workers in every country at the service of the multinational corporations that search the globe for lowest-cost commodities at the expense of the livelihood of farmers, migrant farm and rural workers, indigenous people, women and the poor, consumers’ health, social justice and ecological integrity.
- Published on Friday, 01 May 2015 02:57
La Via Campesina solidarity message and call for support
(Photo: Nepali peasants celebrating National Peasant´s Day in 2013)
La Via Campesina wants to express its solidarity and support with the peasants and all people in Nepal after the terrible recent earthquake. Nepalese authorities estimate that almost 10.000 people may have died, and many more wounded. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy that has taken place as well as by the suffering of all the people that lost relatives, friends and their homes. We are especially aware that suffering is made worse in remote rural villages where the situation is critical. These areas cannot be reached by regular transport, making it difficult to organize support.
Beyond the enormous sadness of the beloved that did not survive this disaster, the people of Nepal face a huge task in re-building their houses and infrastructure over the coming months and years. The role of social organisations is crucial – they should play a key and leading role in this process.
- Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 19:56
On the International Day of Peasant Struggles and after a march through Buenos Aires streets from the US Embassy, an imperialistic symbol, to the Argentinean Rural Association, a symbol of agribusiness in the country, the organizers shared the final statement of the 6th Congress of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) which you can read below. The document is a result of eight days of debates and was read by representatives of the Youth Assembly of CLOC.
"Each person shines with his or her own light. No two flames are alike. There are big flames and little flames, flames of every color. Some peopleâs flames are so still they donât even flicker in the wind, while others have wild flames that fill the air with sparks. Some foolish flames neither burn nor shed light, but others blaze with life so fiercely that you canât look at them without blinking, and if you approach you shine in the fire".