- Published on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 16:36
Reacting to the G8 Leaders statement on Global Food Security issued last night in Hokkaido, Via Campesina farmer leader Mr. Yoshitaka Mashima said: «We do not understand why the G8 leaders pretend to solve the food crisis with more free trade while it is the liberalisation of agriculture and food markets that continue to lead us to the current crisis. People need to eat local food to protect themselves from the instability of world markets. We do not need more imported food».
At a press conference today, farmers leaders said that the G8 governments were mistakenly using the current food and climate crisis to promote the free trade agenda that is serving large companies and not producers of food and consumers. The G8 leader's statement insists on reviving the agonising WTO negotiations and on preventing countries from regulating food exports.
- Published on Monday, 07 July 2008 19:56
The funds – which have already been criticised by developing country governments – will be used to finance so-called clean technology including coal and agrofuels, loans for adapting to climate change and to set up carbon trading schemes that allow industrialised countries to buy their way out of emission reductions.
Friends of the Earth International Chair Meena Raman said:
“The World Bank continues to finance dirty industries and is now trying to recast itself as the saviour of the planet. If Fukuda, Bush and Brown have their way, billions in taxpayers’ money would be used to push developing countries further into debt, undermine UN climate negotiations and threaten Indigenous Peoples’ land rights.”
- Published on Monday, 07 July 2008 01:05
Hokkaido, Japan -- 6 July 2008
We – environmentalists, social movements, peasant farmers, workers and civil society organisations – in solidarity with 23 Korean farmers and trade unionists who were denied entry to Japan denounce the authorities’ unwillingness to allow their participation in civil society events taking place parallel to the G8 summit on 7th until 9th July. Among other issues, the unionists and farmers were to raise awareness about the millions of Koreans who have been mobilising against their markets being forced open to the imports of American beef despite concerns of mad cow disease and the negative consequences for local food production and consumption.
- Published on Friday, 04 July 2008 22:06
Respect the rights of farmers to struggle against the food and climate crises!
Currently more and more people are suffering from hunger due the high food prices on the world market. Meanwhile, global warming is causing more droughts, floods, and other disasters due to decades of unsustainable energy use and the growth of energy-intensive industrial agriculture. Both are caused by policies that value trade and business more than the environment and peoples' livelihoods.
The governments of the eight richest countries of the world and the large corporations who help design their policies have caused this crisis. Trade liberalisation of food products have made countries dependant on world markets. Meanwhile, industrial development, overconsumption and industrial agriculture have contributed to global warming. Unregulated speculation by investors and commodity trading companies are driving up food prices and leading to increased hunger and poverty.