“Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina”. Now available!
- Published on Monday, 09 November 2015 23:47
Our Solutions to the COP21 - New Notebook La Via Campesina
Summary: La Via Campesina is pleased to present study booklet number 7: “Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina”, which is the result of the collective efforts of various organizations from diverse regions including Africa, America, Europe and Asia. These groups make up part of our worldwide movement. From their distinct territories they shaped their experiences in agroecology training, organizing, production and marketing of healthy foods into 10 articles. This set of experiences represents a dynamic range of practices and knowledge, both for training within our movement and as a mechanism for additional knowledge exchange and rural-city dialogue.
This book also seeks to provide visibility of advocacy for Food Sovereignty which creates space for reflection, with examples from academic institutions, political allies and friends. We propose Peasant Agroecology as a way of production for rural communities, where Food Sovereignty constitutes a principle of life.
- Published on Thursday, 05 November 2015 21:13
NFU welcomes appointment of Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, new Ag Minister, with mandate for real change
(November 4, 2015) - The National Farmers Union welcomes the appointment of Hon. Lawrence MacAulay of Prince Edward Island as federal Agriculture Minister. Canadians have given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the new Liberal government a strong mandate for change. The NFU looks forward to working with Minister MacAulay in restoring and renewing agricultural policy to maintain the family farm as the primary food producing unit in Canada.
“We look forward to working with the new federal government and our new Minister,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “We hope that with greater openness and transparency along with meaningful public engagement, Canada’s agricultural policy will move in a direction that is more helpful to farm families than what we have seen over the past decade.”
- Published on Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:49
(Ramallah, November 5, 2015)- the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, numbers of local and international volunteers, students from Al-Quds University- Beit Hanina and Birzeit University, members of agricultural committees, and Doma and Turmusaya 's citizens, participated in the success of UAWC’s olive harvest campaign under the banner "Like olive trees' root, we resist".
The UAWC's Acting Director, Fuad Abu Saif, confirmed UAWC's olive harvest campaign came as support of olive farmers since it targeted areas whose farmers cannot reach their lands and their trees in this season alone because of settlement and settlers' activities while pointing out that what is happened with Dawabshah Family is the greatest example of the occupation and setters' crimes which target all aspects of Palestinian society. He added that these campaigns aimed to deliver a message for farmers that we stand in solidarity with their struggles, and everything reinforced their steadfastness on his land.
- Published on Monday, 02 November 2015 17:46
Brussels, 2 November 2015
Mr. Phil Hogan
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
Open letter – Milk Powder in favour of real milk to produce healthy dairy products
Dear Commissioner Hogan,
Since 1974, before the establishment of the Single CMO, law 138 has been in force in Italy, prohibiting the reconstitution of milk for human consumption. In short, the law prohibits the use of milk powder for the production of cheese and other derivatives. In May 2015 the European Commission asked the Italian authorities to change this law, claiming that it creates a distortion of the market. At the end of September, the Italian government rejected the European request and announced its intention to maintain the current legislation, asserting that it does not distort the market because it restricts the production, not the trade, of products made with powdered milk on the Italian territory.