EU Dairy Policy: We don't want to produce more for earning less

European coordination Via Campesina

To avoid a social catastrophe in rural areas, the European milk quota should be decreased and improvements be made to the distribution of production. Export subsidies should be halted, and more autonomous modes of production should be developed.

« We won’t pay for your crisis »

The European milk market is saturated today because of the decisions taken by the EU since 2003. The producers sell their milk at price below the costs of production and the weakest will disappear if the EU does not change its policy. The re-establishment of export subsidies reinforces inadmissible dumping regarding third countries which never really stopped1.

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The crisis will be profound and prolonged

It's been several months since the crisis of capitalism was unleashed on the international level, with its epicenter in financial capital and the US economy.  Now we have more evidence that this crisis will be profound and prolonged, affecting all the peripheral economies -- including Brazil.
 
Many analyses of the crisis have been published in academia and the media.  There are all sorts of positions and ideological currents.  But they all converge on this diagnosis: it is a profound crisis, worse than the crisis of 1929.  It will affect the entire world economy, which has been increasingly internationalized and controlled by fewer than 500 companies.  It will be worse, because it combines an economic crisis, a financial crisis (of the credibility of currencies), an environmental crisis, an ideological crisis due to the failure of neoliberalism, and a political crisis due to the lack of alternatives on the part of the dominant class at the center of capitalism or the governments of the periphery.

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ASEAN People's Forum: Food sovereignty and agrarian reform to solve crises

Report from La Via Campesina workshop

BANGKOK, Feb 21 – Years of poor land use and trade policies have created serious problems for farmers and peasants throughout Asia and the world, and underscored the need for more food sovereignty, activists said today.

Over 70 people, including many farmers from Southeast Asia, gathered to talk about food sovereignty and agrarian reform as the solutions to the food, fuel, financial and climate crises in a workshop at the ASEAN People's Forum.

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International food summit in Madrid: Time to change European Agricultural Policy

Press Release, European Coordination Via Campesina

The crisis in world agriculture also a serious issue in Europe – it is time to change European Agricultural policy in favour of a sustainable family farming and a living rural environment.

While the food price crisis affects people internationally, in Europe three family  farms disappear every minute.

Proposals by the World Bank, G8, international corporations such as Monsanto and international foundations the High Level Conference on Food Security in Madrid last week focused  on profiting from a desperate crisis which affects more than 1 billion people internationally. 

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