Protocol on Biosecurity and the Convention on Biodiversity: No to the privatization of biodiversity!
- Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:34
Via Campesina Position Paper
In May 2008 in Bonn, Germany the 4th Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Biosecurity (MOP4) also called the « Cartagena Protocol » and the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, COP9) will take place.
For millenia small-scale farmers of the world have conserved and renewed plant and animal biodiversity. Faced with the grave threats that today weigh upon biodiversity, whether of wild or agricultural species, we call on signatory governments to the Convention on Biodiversity to recognize the ancient role of peasant/community based farmers. Their struggle has always been to control the erosion of biodiversity and to limit the effects of climate change. Therefore, we demand that governments radically reassess the national and international policies that are wiping out rural communities across the planet. We also warn them against the false solutions –GMOs, agrofuels and forest monocultures, so called “carbon sinks”, which, far from resolving these problems, only make the situation worse by marginalizing small producers even more.
- Published on Saturday, 10 May 2008 00:33
PRESS RELEASE - European Farmers Coordination - Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Agricultores y GanaderosIf hunger riots in 40 countries have drawn the attention of the public opinion, the food crisis is not a new phenomenon. After decades of deregulation of the European and international market, under the very ideological auspices of the WTO and the EU, the result is severe and dramatic. The current crisis shows that we cannot play with food, that market regulation at the international level as well as at the European level is indispensable for population’s food security. In that context, with a strong fall in food stocks, industrial agrofuels developed worldwide in the last 2 years, increasing pressure on the markets. The very interventionist decision of the EU to finance their development and to force the market to incorporate them, has increased the perspectives of competition with food production.
- Published on Wednesday, 07 May 2008 00:09
An international farmers delegation of La Via Campesina will mobilise in Bonn, Germany, during the 4th Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Biosecurity (MOP4) and the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, COP9). Farmers leaders from Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia join actions, conferences and debates with the Coalition AktionsbundnisCOP9.
- Published on Friday, 02 May 2008 21:58
Opinion paper – La Via Campesina
(Jakarta, 2 May 2008) As hunger riots erupt across the globe, world leaders such as Pascal Lamy, WTO Director-General, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are warning against the dangers of protectionism. According to Mr Ban, "More trade, not less, will get us out of the hole we're in."(1)