Farmers feed the world, End corporate control over our food!

Media Advisory
(Jakarta, May 25, 2007) The international peasant’s movement La Via Campesina will join the world social movements in Rostock, Germany from June 1 to 8 to urge the G8 governments to put an end to neoliberal policies destroying people lives and livelihoods and to implement alternatives.

La Via Campesina is an international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small producers, landless people, rural women and agricultural workers and rural youth from around the world. It is made up of 132 member organisations active in 56 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

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Appointments for the press

* *June 3 (18:30 pm- 21 pm) : Youth assembly */(Mau Club, Rostock)/

To close the Action Day on Agriculture, Via Campesina is organising the Youth Assembly for the right to Land and the right to farming. Currently, speculations on the price of agricultural land and the lack of access to credit make it impossible for young people whose parents are not farmers to start farming. Yet, the future of sustainable family farming requires that numerous young people start farming!

* *June 4 (10 am – 11 am) : Press conference. *(/Venue to be confirmed)/

Food sovereignty: an alternative

La Via Campesina proposes Food Sovereignty to reverse global exploitation, global warming, and global devastations by free trade policies. Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.

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