- Published on Friday, 09 November 2012 20:58
On the first day of the International Conference on Climate Change, Territories and Social Movements, representative of La Via Campesina El Salvador, Mauricio Venegas, said food sovereignty is part of the solutions to climate change in the rural areas.
The peasant representative was one of the panelists of the activity called “Social movements and alternatives to the crisis”, which opened the afternoon session of the conference organized by Friends of the Earth International, CESTA-Friends of the Earth El Salvador and MOVIAC, the Movement of Victims and People Affected by Climate Change.
Nearly 500 people from all Mesoamerica including international delegates from 70 Friends of the Earth groups, filled the auditorium of the National University of El Salvador. The conference will also organize a mobilization and a cultural festival on November 6th from the university to San Salvador’s downtown area.
- Published on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 01:15
Brussels, 5 November 2012
Media Invitation from Corporate Europe Observatory, the Italian anti-GMO Task Force, the European Coordination Via Campesina and FIRAB
A farmers and citizens conference marking the 10th anniversary of EFSA
WHEN: 12 November 2012 - from 16.00 till 19.30
WHERE: Aula Magna Economy Faculty - University of Parma
Via Kennedy 6, Parma, Italy
Manifestation and press conference, 13 November – from 10.30h-12.00 in front of EFSA,
Via Carlo Magno 1A, Parma
As the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) celebrates its 10th anniversary with several events, experts, farmers, food campaigners, MEPs and members of the public are gathering in a farmers' and citizens' conference to examine the question of industry's influence over EU food safety rules, and ask how to better protect public health and the environment.
In several cases, scientific advice delivered by EFSA has been dogged by controversy. This conference will look at ongoing concerns about industry influence, the science used for food safety and environmental risk assessment, and will ask what steps can be taken to prevent regulatory capture by industry.
Case studies on aspartame and GM will be presented. Fiorella Belpoggi from the Fondazione Ramazzini will talk about worrying studies done on the food additive aspartame which were ignored by EFSA. Christoph Then from TestBiotech will focus on the flawed GMO risk assessment process as designed by EFSA. Nina Holland, from Corporate Europe Observatory, Andrea Ferrante, from the European Coordination Via Campesina and Monica Frassoni, co-president of the Green European Party, will address the problems surrounding EFSA, conflicts of interest and industry science.
- Published on Monday, 05 November 2012 14:58
La Via Campesina Media advisory
Small farmers can feed the world and cool down the planet!
(Jakarta, November 5, 2012) - The global peasants movement, La Via Campesina (LVC) will hold a global encounter of agroecology trainers and peasant agroecology schools at the Community Agroecology Foundation in Surin, Thailand from the 6 -12 November. The meeting will be organized by the Assembly of the Poor of Thailand, an organization of urban and rural poor, small farmers, and workers and a member of LVC. Peasant agroecology trainers from all over the world and representatives of the various farmers’ agroecology schools of LVC peasant movements will come together in Surin to continue their efforts to promote agroecology on a global scale.
LVC is a strong proponent of sustainable peasants agriculture based on agroecology. Agroecology is a science, but is also seen as a movement, or practice which is concerned with farming methods that are based on peasant’s knowledge, local inputs as well as natures own principles rather than external inputs and technologies that damage nature such as the green revolution model. But LVC takes agroecology a step further than most, it is not just about ecological productive principles but also about social and political principles. A feudal land holding cannot be considered agroecological even if it is chemical free, a farm that is controlled only by men without any role and decision making power for women is not agroecological either, neither is a so called organic farm which replaces expensive chemical inputs for expensive organic ones without touching the structure of monoculture. There are countless names for such type of farming all over the world and LVC is not concerned with names or labels, whether agroecology, organic farming, natural farming, low external input sustainable agriculture, or others, but rather wants to specify the key ecological, social and political principles that the movement defends. For LVC, truly sustainable peasants agriculture comes from the recovery of traditional peasant farming methods, and the innovation of new ecological practices.
- Published on Monday, 05 November 2012 14:18
On 10th October, Miguel Galván was murdered, stabbed to death in the doorway of his own home. Almost one year earlier, Cristian Ferreyra had been shot and killed in his house. Both men were peasant farmers from the northern province of Santiago del Estero and members of the National Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero – Farmers’ Way (Mocase-VC) an organisation which fights for the land rights of peasants and indigenous people.
Protest at Congreso to call for justice against the assasination of Miguel Galvan (Photo courtesy of Mocase-VC)
The reason for the men’s murders was that they refused to give up their land to multi-national soybean plantation companies. Whilst Galván’s attackers are yet to be identified, in Ferreyra’s case it is widely claimed that a large landowner from the area hired hitmen to remove him from his path.
In the six months after Ferreyra’s tragic death, incidents of conflict between large agribusiness and peasants decreased, but since then, the expansion of soy production has continued and so have the forced evictions of peasants and indigenous people from lands they have occupied for centuries.