Struggle for Protecting Food Sovereignty in Nuclear Crisis: the role of NOUMINREN youth in our region after the 3.11 Earthquake
- Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 08:05
The largest earthquake in Japanese recorded history hit the northeastern part of Japan on March 11th, 2011. The earthquake caused the huge tsunami that destroyed almost all the coastal towns and cities of northeastern Japan and also damaged 24,000 hectares of farmland. Moreover, the tsunami destroyed the cooling systems of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants leading to the explosion of three reactors. A never-before- experienced fear that “we might not be able to live in the northern area of Japan or even in the Tokyo area” passed through many people’s minds.
This fear also struck young farmers as they might have had to abandon their land if the contamination was found to be over the limit. In fact, many of the farmers in Fukushima were forced to give up farming due to the high level of radioactive contamination. This accident dispersed radioactive substances not just in Fukushima but all over Japan making producers anxious about growing crops outside and consumers anxious about purchasing domestically grown crops: the people in Fukushima barely buy their locally grown crops.
Brazil: Government of Minas Gerais permissively facilitates environmental license for Canadian mining
- Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 08:04
The Secretary of State for the Environment and Sustainable Development of the State of Minas Gerais, Brasil, Adriano Magalhães Chaves, granted ad referendum (later granted the license to be reviewed and voted on by the Council for Environmental Policy - COPAM), reported on September 21, license to install Canadian company Carpathian Gold for gold exploration in the municipality of Riacho dos Machados, in the Gorutuba River bay, north of Minas Gerais. At the same enterprise, in August, the secretary gave grants, also ad referendum, to build a tailings dam near the mining dam (water reservoir) of Bico da Pedra, which supplies the city and all Janaúba region, including the irrigated perimeter of Gorutuba (with large agricultural production).
On September 13, in the city of Montes Claros, the meeting of the Northern Regional of COPAM, with the aim of analyze the license application installation was canceled due to the strike by technicians of the State System of Environment - SISEMA, technical advisers of this kind of process. The counselor Ezio Darioli, representative of the Federation of Industries of Minas Gerais - FIEMG, was the first to request the withdrawal of the agenda of the mining license, arguing that the company Carpathian Gold (that currently tries financing at Macquarie Bank) did not feel comfortable have your license with that assessed disability. The following week the secretary signed the license via ad referendum.
- Published on Monday, 10 October 2011 15:21
Civil Society Urges the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to Adopt Effective Land Tenure Guidelines to Ensure Food Security and Respect for Human Rights
Rome, Italy, 7 October, 2011 -- As the final round of intergovernmental negotiations on the Guide-lines on Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Octo-ber 10-14, approaches, CSOs remind all governments of their immense responsibilities in reaching an agreement on one of the most pressing issues of our time: how to secure and sustain equitable access and tenure rights to land, fisheries, forests and natural resources for indigenous peoples and small-scale producers, particularly women. These responsibilities stem from the legal obligations of States to uphold human rights - the rights to adequate food, housing, health and work - and the rights of indigenous peoples.
- Published on Sunday, 25 September 2011 15:39
Seven thousand members of Indonesian Peasant Union (SPI) organize action to commemorate the National Farmers' Day in Jakarta on Saturday (24/9). Among the participants are peasants coming from West Java and Banten province. People have to travel around 4 to 6 hours from their village to Jakarta.
"We are in a good spirit to come to the capital to celebrate this big day for peasants, and we need to voice our concerns to the government," Abay Haetami from Banten says.
Meanwhile Fauzan Kreyo from Cirebon, West Java reiterates the need for agrarian reform. "Agrarian reform was mandated 51 years ago today by the enactment of Basic Agrarian Law, the government need to really implement that now," he exclaims to the mass.
The action started at 8 in the morning, completed with singing the national anthem and other movement-related chants.