- Published on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:52
La Via Campesina South Asia
(Sri Lanka, June 14, 2015) The National Movement Against Poisons (NMAP) demanded the government of Sri Lanka to immediately implement the ban on Glyphosate, at a news conference held today at Center for Society and Religious. NMAP is a coalition that includes MONLAR, an LVC member.
The co-convener of the movement, Ven. Mahamankadawala Piyarathane Nayaka thero raised concerns over the implementation of the decision of the president Mithreepala Sirisena to immediately ban the importation and use of Glyphosate chemical weedicide island wide as there are concrete evidences of the chemical still available in the market behind the scene. He also stresses out that the powerful agribusiness mafia is trying to overturn the decisions of the president that was taken for the sake of farmers, consumers and future generations of the country that has been already affected with various unknown diseases including chronic kidney disease epidemic. "Number of scientists who had been paid by the agro-business giants who make billions of annual profits by selling poisons and risking the life of all living forms are trying to mislead the masses and discredit the president's decisions claiming that the decision had been taken over on the popular myths but not on the scientific bases. They are also trying to develop consent among the people saying that there is no direct link between Glyphosate and Kidney disease or any other disease. But there are numerous scientific evidences available throughout the world about the adverse effects of Glyphosate on health and environment. The funniest thing is, though these scientists are trying to free the companies from the complaints by conducting various researches in favor of the companies, they never try to figure out any solution to the problem of the people.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:36
Press Release – Brussels, 16th June 2015
European Coordination of Via Campesina stands in solidarity with the farmers protest taking place around Europe.
European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) supports the demonstration of farmers that will take place on 17 June in Amiens, France, and is in solidarity with the activists put on trial there. The struggle against the “1000 cow factory farm”, for which those on trial are being persecuted, has become an important symbol of the global fight against the industrialization of the agriculture.
The distorted competition created by factory farms holds multiple risks for farmers livelihoods, rural employment, food quality and the environment. Factory farms drive down prices by exploiting workers, livestock and the environment – costs for which they do not pay. In addition their investments drive up the cost of land, denying local farmers and new entrants access to agricultural land. These crimes are paid for by European taxes and supported by public policies such as CAP subsidies, investment support and prices guaranteed for the energy from bio-gas and photovoltaic all while destroying the peasant family farming. At the same time, the dismantling of the European milk quota system makes it even harder for family farmers to secure an honest livelihood and pitches small dairy farms into direct competition with factory farms that retain a price advantage only by externalising their costs onto the public.
- Published on Monday, 15 June 2015 17:27
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, May 2015 edition, is now available. This newsletter captures the discussions of the just ended Expo dei Popoli, held in Milan Italy. It highlights also the “Report IV Women’s Assembly of La Via Campesina, Jakarta Indonesia” and the different issues and actions from the regions. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
- Published on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 17:07
Alternative Expo event challenges the city’s flashy global extravaganza, promoting food sovereignty and highlighting flawed trade agreements
Rosie Scammell in Milan
Monday 8 June 2015
A restored warehouse in Italy’s financial capital might seem an unlikely place for a recent meeting of more than 180 grassroots activists, gathering in Milan to challenge the way the international food market is managed.
But the location of the People’s Expo forum last week had been carefully chosen to coincide with the city’s official Expo 2015, a world fair that gathers 140 countries together under a theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.
The motto is emblazoned throughout the site of the six-month Expo 2015, an architectural extravaganza where visitors are invited to each nation’s pavilion to collect a stamp in their theme park-style passport.