- Published on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 13:32
The Food Sovereignty Struggle within the Global Justice Movement
By: John E. Peck
executive director, Family Farm Defenders
Chapter 15 in the just released Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States - edited by the Team Colors Collective and published by AK Press. http://warmachines.info/index.php?page_id=26
I have a button on my backpack that says: “If You Are What You Eat, Then I’m Fast, Cheap, and Easy.” Thankfully, this quip is sarcastic in my case, but for many people, including many of those working for global justice, it is all too true. Whether due to marketing hype or sheer convenience, usually smart folks can fall down when it comes to what they put in their mouths. The personal is political, and this is reflected each time someone votes for “business as usual” by giving their money to a fast-food chain or big box retailer. The result is a broken food/farm system that is systematically abusing animals, exploiting workers, perverting biodiversity, undermining democracy, jeopardizing health, and destroying the planet. If we believe that another world is possible, then we need to radically transform how we eat, and this means incorporating food sovereignty into our thinking and organizing.
- Published on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 12:09
Hinche, Haiti– An estimated 10,000 peasants gathered for a massive march in Central Haiti on June 4, 2010, to protest what has been described as “the next earthquake for Haiti” – a donation of 475 tons of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds by the US-based agribusiness giant Monsanto, in partnership with USAID. While this move comes at a time of dire need in Haiti, many feel it will undermine rather than bolster the country’s food security.
According to Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, leader of the Peasant Movement of Papaye (MPP) and spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papaye (MPNKP), the entry of Monsanto seeds into Haiti is "a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds... and on what is left our environment in Haiti."
- Published on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 11:51
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18-22 May 2010
The Via Campesina (LVC) organised an Asian Agroecology Encounter from 18 to 22 May, 2010, hosted by the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) at the Community Education Centre (CEC), in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This was attended by practitioners, promoters and trainers of sustainable agriculture from LVC organizations in eight countries in East Asia, South East Asia and South Asia.
The encounter was aimed at strengthening the solidarity and farmer-to-farmer exchange among the agroecology movements in LVC in Asia, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different sustainable farming methods and building a campaign for a debt free and poison free agroecology movement in the region with the support and guidance of the La Via Campesina. The encounter was aimed toward putting the principles of food sovereignty in practice, which is fundamental for us in La Via Campesina, through sustainable agriculture practices. At the Encounter the participants developed regional work plans to support the promotion of agroecology, sustainable agriculture and natural farming among the member families of La Via Campesina organizations in Asia.
- Published on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:55
Adopted by the General Assembly of Social Movements May 16, 2010 in Madrid
The earthquake of January 12, 2010 in Haiti has opened a new period of crisis in this country, which comes on top of the prolonged structural crisis resulting from more than 500 years of colonial and neocolonial rule and the imposition of 30 years of neoliberal policies.
Linking Alternatives 4 (EA4) salutes the courage and resilience of the Haitian people, who every day since the disaster, provide an exemplary lesson of solidarity, mutual aid and self-organization.