- Published on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:09
La Via Campesina release
On the occasion of the meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan, and to mark World Food Day on October 16, 2010, La Via Campesina calls for actions around the world to denounce the role of agribusinesses such as Monsanto and their destruction and corporatization of biodiversity and life.
Even though the UN declared 2010 the International year of Biodiversity, the CBD is meeting at a time of unprecedented biodiversity destruction. As well as animals, insects and birds, the world is also seeing the disappearance of thousands of plant varieties as agribusiness destroys, contaminates and privatizes the World Heritage stored inside the seeds and plants nurtured by generations of farmers over thousands of years of agriculture on Earth. Since 1900, approximately 90% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost from farmer's fields. Biodiversity is also endangered by land-grabbing and the displacement of communities who are actually protecting biodiversity.
- Published on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 16:04
Magdalena Ocotlán, Oaxaca, September 12, 2010
The Sixth National Assembly of People Affected by the Environment, meeting September 11th and 12th, 2010, in the municipality of Magdalena Ocotlán, Oaxaca, with the participation of 90 organizations and 1,135 representatives of distinct socioenvironmental struggles in the country, declares:
One year since the 5th National Assembly of People Affected by the Environment, which took place in Chichicuautla, Puebla, the grave environmental situation in which this country finds itself has neither improved nor merely stagnated, but rather has gravely worsened. The Assembly has discovered in the last year, with great indignation, dozens of scandals tied to environmental and climate injustice across the majority of the country. Environmental devastation that adds on to the policies of national destruction of the internal market and sovereign industry and agriculture, the helplessness of millions of Mexican and Central American migrants, the butchering of the youth that the supposed war on narcotrafficking has unleashed, the assassinations of journalists, the sex trade of people and minors and many other crimes and injustices that during this bicentennial highlight the situation of extreme danger that this country finds itself in.
TOWARDS CANCUN: Via Campesina present at the 6th National Assembly of People Affected by The Environment
- Published on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:50
Magdalena Ocotlán, Oaxaca. México
September 11-12, 2010
A delegation of Vía Campesina representatives from the United States, the Basque Country and different parts of Mexico arrived in the community of Magdalena Ocotlán, in the Central Valley region of Oaxaca in solidarity with the movement of People Affected by the Environment and their 6th National Assembly. This movement is a national effort to link the different environmental struggles and to strengthen the unity between the rural countryside and urban cities to confront the terrible environmental devastation caused by this capitalist system of destruction and plunder.
Representatives of organizations, social movements and communities from Mexico presented their cases of environmental and human devastation caused by the mines, GMO crops, garbage dumpsites, land grabs, the contamination of water and soil, amongst other causes. They also made known their struggles, explaining the course of actions they are taking within their own communities to halt these catastrophes. The Assembly pronounced itself against the neoliberal system and the transnational corporations which are responsible for the climate crisis.
- Published on Friday, 10 September 2010 16:47
Title: The Challenges of The Multiple Crisis for African Small-Scale Farmers
Language: English (Available in French and Portuguese)
Content: This publication aims to be a tool for the leaders from the peasant and small farmer organizations in Africa. We hope it will help them reach their bases with political education, in the sense of raising awarensess and consciousness among them. What is present to us as an accident - the financial crisis, climate crisis, food crisis, among others - is not accident at all: this is a human-created situation, wich benefits a few and harms the majority.
Edition: Via Campesina Africa