- Published on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 17:56
Press release - Via Campesina
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(Treviso, 21 April 2009) The first G8 on Agriculture which ended yesterday in Cison di Valmarino produced a final declaration which not only admits its own failures in the past, but previews a future full of contradictions. The G8 will never be able to alleviate hunger in the world by making its decisions behind closed doors, in the absence of the main actors in the global debate on agriculture – the millions of peasants and family farmers, women and men, who feed the world.
- Published on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 07:15
Large scale cultivation of transgenic crops in the European Union over the past 10 years has only taken place in Spain. GM farming in Spain has been and is characterized by a complete lack of control and transparency. No one knows where these crops are, no one assesses the damage they cause and no one accepts any responsibilities.
Many European countries have forbidden the cultivation of transgenic maize: France, Austria, Luxembourg, Greece, Hungary… and just a few days ago, Germany. These countries have based their ban of this transgenic maize on scientific evidence regarding negative impacts in the environment, lack of knowledge regarding impacts on human and animal health, and the certainty that protecting organic and conventional farming from transgenic contamination is impossible.
- Published on Monday, 20 April 2009 09:07
Farmers demonstrate in Munich against patents on animals and plants
Munich, 15 April. - Over a thousand farmers joined by environment and development-aid organisations today demonstrated against patents on animals and plants in Munich. Over 5,000 people and some 50 organisations have filed a joint opposition to a patent on breeding pigs originally registered by the US agricultural corporation, Monsanto. The No Patents on Life organisation is handing over the objection today at the European Patent Office in Munich. Those taking part in the protest march, being made under the heading 'Stop the patent on the poor creature', are calling for patents on life to be prohibited by law. Greenpeace yesterday presented new research on patent applications authorised by the EPO, showing these now ranged from the breeding of cows to milk. Today's demonstration against patents on life is reckoned to be the biggest so far in Europe.
- Published on Monday, 20 April 2009 09:01
The Scottish Crofting Foundation (SCF), the only member-led organisation dedicated to promoting crofting, pledged their support to Via Campesina, the world peasants’ movement, today the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle.
SCF Parliamentary spokesman Norman Leask said “The struggle for the rights of the small-scale food producers, or peasants, is something going on all around the world and is something everyone should be concerned about. Crofters are part of this struggle, striving to get a fair deal for their efforts and way of life. Peasants throughout the world are the backbone of rural economies and communities and today is their day.”