- Published on Wednesday, 18 June 2008 18:24
Throughout the history of farming, peasants and villagers have obtained energy from their farmland to fulfil their daily needs. Peasant families are used to using the oil extracted from the coconut (copra) to light lamps in their houses. Even now peasant families still use biomass to make firewood for cooking meals. They collect the branches that fall from trees and dry bushes during their day working on their farmland. The technology of using biogas that is processed from animal waste is also very common in peasant communities. Other sources of kinetic energy from rivers such as small micro hydro electric generators are also very common in rural areas. These are some examples on how peasants explore natural alternatives, extracting and generating energy from their farmland.
- Published on Wednesday, 18 June 2008 16:31
Title: The case of Syngenta – Human rights violation in Brazil, 2008
Edition: Terra de Direitos, Via Campesina and MST
Content: The book explains what is Syngenta in Brazil, the environmental impacts of Syngenta’s activities in Brazil, the Human Rights Violations (The Use of Paramilitary Militias), Syngenta’s claims, the International support for the struggle of the peasants’ human rights,...
- Published on Tuesday, 17 June 2008 22:17
- Published on Monday, 16 June 2008 22:15
The farmers organisations and social movements CPE, COAG and Seattle to Brussels Network staged a symbolic action in Brussels on Fiday the 13th of June, 2008, to denounce the EU involvment in the corporate profit over the food crisis.
Last week in FAO conference on food security, the EU promoted more free-trade by concluding the Doha Round, fuelling cars instead of feeding people and more pesticides and fertilizers.
Over the last years, these so-called « solutions » have lead to more profits for the big agribusiness corporations and more poverty and hunger for the people.