- Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 01:34
Press Release - European Coordination Via Campesina
(Brussels, 20 January 2014) At the start of the year devoted to family farming, which is being called on by the UN to feed the world, peasants from all over Europe are demonstrating before the European Parliament on Monday January 20 2014. We have come to reclaim recognition of peasants' rights to select, preserve, use, exchange and sell our own seeds. We declare that our seeds are essential if we are to feed the world. Only with our seeds can we overcome the challenge of discontinuing the use of toxic pesticides, protection of the environment and the struggle of adapting to climate change. Only peasant family farming helps to cool the planet.
- Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 00:00
Press Release of the Land Workers'Alliance.
(European Parliament, Brussels , 20 01 2014) Today, the Landworkers’ Alliance mobilise alongside 27 other European farmers’ organizations during the agricultural commission’s meeting at the European Parliament. At stake are the rights of 40 million European farmers to have control over maintaining, improving and trading their seeds and livestock breeds.
- Published on Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:31
Call for actions of the European Coordination Via Campesina
AGAINST patents on living organisms, and control of the seed market by multinationals
Mobilisation on Monday, January 20th 2014 at 13:00-Place du Luxembourg, in front of the European Parliament
The European Parliament will be voting on legislation on the marketing of seeds, animal and plant health and official controls on food production. The European Coordination Via Campesina is calling to organize action in Brussels or in your own country before the vote on this regulation.
- Published on Thursday, 21 November 2013 18:41
Peasant seeds, and seed diversity are at the root of food sovereingty
As countless farmers, farmworkers, urban growers, and consumers across the globe celebrated the International Day of Action for Food Sovereignty in October, an overwhelming number are celebrating seeds as pilar for food sovereignty. Afterall, according to ETC Group, 80-90% of seeds are sourced outside of commercial markets, that is to say through peasant seed systems, and farm-saved seeds. In the new publication, Our Seeds Our Future La Via Campesina chronicles ten experiences of peasant seed selection, saving, improvement, and re-use. These experiences in recovering and reproducing knowledge to improve peasant agricultural food production are mirrored by multitudes more in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
The experiences spotlighted in the publication are examples of true food sovereingty in action, in contrast to monoculture and industrial farming methods that, as stated in a recent UNCTAD report, are not providing sufficient affordable food where needed while causing mounting environmental damage.