- 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 03:57
Over 30,000 people in Berlin demanding a different agricultural policy and a turning away from industrialized food production
(Berlin, mid-January 2014) “Peasant farming is not modernity remote, poor or underdeveloped. It is a sustainable agricultural model, that uses natural and human resource with respect and guarantees social and food security worldwide. That's what this year's international year of peasant family farms stands for and it is what we stand for today in Berlin” summarizes Carlo Petrini, president of Slow Food International, on the demonstration “Wir haben es satt – We are fed up” in mid-January in Berlin one of the central concerns of the 30.000 demonstrators. On the occasion of the Green Week also this year a broad alliance of over 100 organizations, including farmers, bee-keepers, nature, wildlife, and consumer protectors, development aid organizations and initiatives for unemployed had called for mass demonstration. And those who believed the wave of protest would fade, that consumer would be tired of the struggle against a seemingly all-powerful, because unassailable, agricultural and food industry, was disappointed thoroughly. More demonstrators as in the years before had come to berlin to articulate their demands for a sustainable agriculture and for healthy food.
- 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.