- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:04
La Via Campesina South Asia
Coalition For A GM Free India
(India, New Delhi, June 17, 2015): “Bt Brinal then, GM Mustard now – will GEAC repeat the mistake of thrusting Genetically Modified food onto our plates? We will strongly oppose any attempt to approve commercialization of GM mustard,” warned the Coalition for GM Free India. The Coalition while releasing a Briefing Paper on Delhi University’s GM mustard at a press conference in the capital reminded the GM regulator about the flood of concerns that rocked the entire country when Bt Brinjal, the first GM food crop that was approved by the regulator and later had to be put under an indefinite moratorium by the government during 2009-10. GM mustard is the first genetically engineered food crop being considered for commercial approval by GEAC since the Bt Brinjal fiasco.
Recognize current crisis and implement public regulation tools for dairy market, says the European dairy farmers
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:34
European dairy farmers call for immediate recognition of current crisis and for implementation of public regulation tools for the dairy market
(Brussels, 30/06/2015) On the occasion of the 7th meeting of the Milk Market Observatory, which was taking place in Brussels today, we – the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) and the European Milk Board (EMB)– jointly call for an immediate recognition of the current crisis and for the implementation of measures to prevent future crises. These demands follow up on the latest report of the Committee of Regions as well as on observations made in the European Parliament’s Nicholson Report. The persistence with which the European Commission maintains its liberalisation policy, regardless of the future of European dairy farmers, seems unacceptable to us.
With the abolition of quotas, a whole range of tools that were at the dairy sector’s disposal has been dismantled. Global price volatility causes cyclical crises, resulting in a drop in the number of dairy farmers. The consequent social, environmental and economic consequences strongly impact European territories.
- Published on Monday, 29 June 2015 16:19
On both sides of the Pacific, peasants, family farmers, and rural workers reject the extension of neoliberal policies
(June 15, 2015): We, members of La Via Campesina on both sides of the Pacific, jointly express our opposition to the TPP. This so-called partnership is in fact an extension of the neoliberal policies that are being promoted by transnational corporations (TNCs) with the support of the governments at their service.
Neoliberal policies and trade agreements have already caused catastrophic damage to peasants and family farmers and to agricultural workers, who are more and more at the mercy of the transnational corporations. The increasing control of global commodity markets exercised by these corporations constitutes a threat to the livelihoods of peasants, family farmers and rural workers, to the well-being of indigenous communities, and to the health of consumers. Their power is an affront to food sovereignty and social justice, and a threat to ecological integrity. As more than twenty years of experience with neoliberal trade agreements has shown, increases in agricultural exports serve only to increase the profits of transnational corporations; they do not raise the net incomes of peasants and farmers.
- Published on Friday, 26 June 2015 14:44
Press Release by: African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity (TABIO), União Nacional de Camponeses (UNAC), Kenya Biodiversity Coalition (KBioC), Kenya Food Rights Alliance (KeFRA), Eastern and Southern African Small-Scale Farmers Forum Uganda (ESAFF, Uganda)
19 June 2015 Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Maputo, Nairobi, Kampala
Non-governmental and farmer organizations from South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda strongly condemn the go-ahead given by the South African GMO authorities for Monsanto to commercially sell its genetically modified (GM) “drought tolerant” maize seed for cultivation in South Africa. According to the groups, there is no evidence showing that the drought tolerant trait even works. According to Mariam Mayet of the ACB, “the GM maize (MON87460) has not undergone proper risk assessment anywhere in the world and has no history of safe use. South Africans who are already being force-fed with old risky GM traits will now be subject to an utterly new foreign, untested and risky transgene in their daily food.”