- Published on Saturday, 27 December 2014 17:11
December 17, 2014
The European Coordination Via campesina met the Cabinet of the new Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan this Tuesday, December 16, to exchange on key agricultural issues for small and medium farmers represented by the movement.
While the application of the new CAP is emerging in the Member States, the farmers' organization pointed the dangers of a policy whose application depends on the balance of power in place and without fundamental change in perspective. The social, financial, energy and climate crisis, called a real shift that puts priority diet of our citizens, sustainable agricultural systems with stable income for producers.
- Published on Saturday, 27 December 2014 17:10
The European Commission carries on with the eradication of agricultural biodiversity.
Aiguillon, 16th December 2014.
The European Commission announced today to the European Parliament its decision to withdraw the reform concerning the regulation of the seed market (or Plant Reproductive Material law). In doing so, the European Commission closes down the few openings proposed by the previous Commission which aimed at stopping the current and dreadful erosion of agricultural biodiversity. The right of farmers to exchange their seeds, the right for small enterprises (with a turnover of less than 2 million Euros) to commercialize all the available biodiversity without having to register it in the catalogue, and also the opening of the catalogue to seeds that are less standardized, synonymous of less standardized food : all those openings are shelved.
- Published on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 15:30
A delegation from the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organisations (CLOC) and the Via Campesina International participated in the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change in Lima, which culminated, on December 10th, in a march of 10,000 people through the centre of the city. At the closing ceremony, Diego Montón, the representative of the CLOC Secretariat, declared, “We, women and men, peasants and small farmers, have a long history of struggle. We have been struggling against evictions, against land clearances, against the large mining companies that pollute our water, against the contamination that is caused by toxic chemical inputs, against the destruction of our food production systems.”
Furthermore, Montón added, “We leave here with a task ahead of us ... we have to see that all over the world our peoples are in the streets - saying No to capitalism and Yes to our proposal, which is Good Living (Buen Vivir), which is popular socialism, a model in which life, diversity, culture, and pluralism take precedence over capital and money.”
- Published on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:20
Huber Ballesteros is one of the best known trade unionists and human rights activists in Colombia.
He is also one of those who have been the most threatened.
Huber was arrested on August 25th, 2013, and accused of "rebellion" and of "financing terrorism.
He has not yet been brought to trial. Huber is the vice-president of FENSUAGRO, one of the largest unions in
Colombia and one of the most persecuted by the government. In recent years, more than 1000 members of FENSUAGRO have been assassinated.
We believe that Huber has been targeted because of his activism, and we are demanding his unconditional release from detention, as well as the release of all the other political prisoners in Colombia.
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