- Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 12:45
Via Campesina at the United Nations General Assembly - June 2, 2011 - New York, NY
La Via Campesina sees 2012 as a significant marker for humanity and life. What we have heard in the ongoing debates on the green economy is not a struggle to define what it is. Instead, we see a struggle on how to continue the privatization and incorporation into the global free market system of mother earth and her environmental systems and natural resources under the name of development. The outcome of this will mark the difference between increased poverty, famine, inequality, death and true global sustainability, human development and ultimately life on this planet. We remind everyone present here today, that as we head towards RIO+20, peasant and family farmers, who are on the front lines of climate disasters, and resource conflicts, must be recognized as a key solution, already in practice, to the multidimensional crisis.
It cannot be stressed enough that we are not dealing with a business cycle crisis. What we are facing is a deep global structural crisis. As such our current situation requires solutions that do not perpetuate the patterns of production and consumption or implement the same mechanisms and approaches that led us here. We cannot afford, nor can this planet sustain, a growth path that is still driven by the same economic imperatives of profit maximization. To do so would mean to continue on a path towards collective suicide imposed by those that profit from our current economic system’s industrial model of production and consumption, and who are now seeking to gain from the ongoing environmental collapse which they have caused.
- Published on Monday, 13 June 2011 15:53
The Indonesian Peasant Union SPI launched a series of actions to oppose the World Economic Forum (WEF) East Asia from June 12 to 13, 2011.
The forum, held in the capital, is for transnational corporations to bolster investments and pour capitals into countries in the region. This has sparked protests from people’s organizations in Indonesia, because corporate economy is clearly against the mandate of the constitution.
And as always, free trade also includes in the agenda of the Forum. Pascal Lamy, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General, is attending the event, supposedly to speak about bringing the dead Doha Round back from its grave. There are also talks involving 14 transnational companies “to help Indonesia to raise competitiveness in food and agriculture”.
- Published on Monday, 06 June 2011 13:20
by Felipe Milanez
“Anything I say, and anything I write, the tears drop. I think the ink, when I write, is blurred by tears”. Pause. Cry. Tears.
And Ms. Maria keep going: “The daring. It is the thing that feeds us, for me. It feeds me for struggle.” More tears.
We are acquainted on the porch of her house, in the agroextractivist settlement Praia Alta Piranheira. It’s a nice day, strong sun, October 2010. The porch is the “office” of D. Maria, so said her husband Zé Cláudio.
Mr Zé Cláudio is quite impatient while D. Maria is chatting to me. He gets nervous. He knows she has a big mouth. And D. Maria shares the threats they’ve been under of. Intimidation. Messages. Anguish. The timber cutters who want to exploit the Nut’s trees. The coal miners who want to make coal.
- Published on Friday, 13 May 2011 09:21
We, the young men and women peasants and farmers of La Via Campesina, have met in Brech, France from March 14th to 16th, 2011 to organize ourselves, exchange with each other and build hope for young peasants and farmers everywhere. We have come from many different nationalities, cultures, religions and languages, but here we speak the same language and we come together with the same spirit of respect for mother earth and to defend our rights. Now we will continue to construct a global movement of youth who are working to promote Food Sovereignty in our local communities, our nations and around the world.
The youth of La Via Campesina are facing injustices of many kinds. From racism, illiteracy and poverty, to social and gender discrimination and loss of culture, we are immersed in a world of misinformation, manipulation and criminalization. Our struggle is one of great dimensions. As youth all over the world have been systematically displaced from the countryside, our food system has lost its integrity and legitimacy, polluting the land, poisoning our people and robbing us of our rural cultures. We, the young peasants and farmers of La Via Campesina, who are building ecological alternatives on our farms and in our countryside, are living in resistance to this system. We are building Food Sovereignty already in our lives, now we must continue to organize and build our movement.