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Bayer-Monsanto deal latest in agribusiness merger and acquisition trend

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(Saskatoon - Sept. 19, 2016)  Bayer's September 14 announcement that it will buy Monsanto for $66 billion comes just days after fertilizer companies PotashCorp and Agrium confirmed their $30 billion dollar merger deal. Meanwhile, the Chinese agro-chemical giant, ChemChina is in the process of buying Sygenta for $43 billion. Dupont and Dow expect to complete their $68 billion merger by the end of this year.

"Mergers and acquisitions are not investments in new productive capacity," said Terry Boehm, Chair of the NFU's Seed and Trade Committee. "These transactions are a way for large corporations to restructure their existing assets to obtain higher profits and greater control by eliminating competition within the market."

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Statement by Border Agricultural Workers


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ON BEHALF of the Border Agricultural Workers of the US-México region, we express our solidarity with your struggle to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline to protect your sacred natural resources and your territories. Two of our leaders, Rosemary Martínez and Joseph Martínez will be with you to not only participate in your historic struggle but also to learn how to best support your movement.

AS MIGRANT agricultural workers, we know fist hand the destruction caused by greediness and hunger for more and more profits by corporate capital, to our Mother Earth and all the sacred elements of life.

Commercial and industrial agricultural not only exploit us in the fields, buy also inflict a severe damage to nature. For this reason,we identify with your just cause.

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Southern Africa Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) on Transnational Corporations

2016-08-16 SATTC poster.PNGFor the Economic, Political, Cultural and Environmental Sovereignty of Our Peoples End the Impunity of Transnational Corporations NOW!

The time has come to unite our struggles in Southern Africa - the campaigns, networks, movements and organizations that are combating transnational corporations - the way they are exploiting our destinies, natural heritage and human rights, dismantling public services, destroying the commons, fomenting violence and endangering food sovereignty in every corner of the continent. 

The Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power invites you to participate in the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Transnational Corporations. The Tribunal will bring affected peoples from Southern Africa together to make their problems visible, analyse them and collaborate and share experiences in order to strengthen our joint struggle.

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Tribunal Monsanto in The Hague –14th -16th of October 2016

Tribunal Monsanto.pngFor an increasing number of people from around the world, Monsanto today is the symbol of industrial agriculture. This chemical-intensive form of production pollutes the environment, accelerates biodiversity loss, and massively contributes to global warming. 

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Monsanto, a US-based company, has developed a number of highly toxic products, which have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people.

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Human Rights Violations by TNCs | Public Hearing at European Parliament

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-01.jpgHearing at the European Parliament, Brussels, 

Monday 30th May 2016 

The work of the UN Open Ended Inter-governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) developing a legally binding international instrument on Transnational Corporations and other business enterprises is now in its second year. This OEIGWG was mandated in June 2014 (AHRC/29/6) its work has opened a new historic chapter in putting the challenge of regulation of TNCs back on the international agenda. Furthermore it underscores the search for effective alternatives on the trade, investment and access to justice.

In order to prepare the next meeting of the Working Group and put together the efforts and experience of activists and Human Rights lawyers from all over the worlds, GUE/NGL, PODEMOS, the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, Friends of the Earth International, the Centre Europe Tiers-Monde (CETIM) and the Transnational Institute organized a Public Hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels, on How to hold TNCs Responsible for Human rights Violations. La Via Campesina also represented itself at the public hearing. 

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Power and impunity of transnational corporations stifles people's voices

2015-07-07-TNCS STIFLE VOICES.jpgThe power and impunity of the transnationals are stifling the voices of the world’s peoples

(Harare, 9th of July 2015) La Via Campesina strongly decries the fact that international policies and legislative processes which supposedly are decided upon democratically and by the citizens are increasingly dominated by the interests of large multinational corporations, with the connivance of the governing classes[1]. Furthermore, while existing structures allow the crimes committed by these same transnationals to go unpunished, there is a growing incidence of criminalisation of those who are struggling in defence of human rights.

At the international, regional, national, and local levels, it is more and more apparent that legislative frameworks are being designed, interpreted, and implemented so as to respond to the interests of large transnational companies - to the detriment of the common good and despite the resistance of social movements and organisations that are seeking different paths. This situation is compounded by a lack of transparency towards civil society.

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African farmers unite against Transnational Corporations

Venue: Caritas, Malhangalene, Maputo City

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 February 2015 – We, more than 40 farmers and members of civil society, women and men, from Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Ivory Coast, met in Maputo, Mozambique, from 17 to 20 February 2015 to discuss the state of Transnational Corporations and how they harm our livelihoods as farmers and farm workers.

We have learned how Transnational Corporations are harmful to human dignity and how destructive they are to Mother Earth. We are aware of the intention that corporates have to eliminate the peasantry in Africa in favor of industrial agriculture that promotes intensive and monoculture-based agriculture to produce crops for export.

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October 16th, World Day of Action For Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations

Food Sovereignty is the right of the world’s peoples to produce and consume healthy food. Food cannot be reduced to a commodity in the hands of the transnational corporations

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_stoptnc_efsa_Llamado_16_de_Octubre_foto.jpgThe international peasant and family farmer movement, La Via Campesina, is calling upon its member organisations across the world, and on grassroots organisations, allied social groups, and concerned consumers to be part of the World Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty  and against  transnational corporations, this coming October 16th, 2014.

Every year La Via Campesina organizes this Day of solidarity, resistance, and mobilization in order to make citizens aware of the current threats to Peoples’ Food Sovereignty.

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“NO to ProSavana Campaign”: Mozambicans seek regional solidarity

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_agrarianreform_Prosavana-small.jpg(Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, August 16, 2014) UNAC, the Mozambique Union of Farmers, a member of La Via Campesina regionalises its “NO To ProSavana” campaign. The ProSavana, a mega agri-business project, is located in Mozambique and involves Brazil and Japan. The project, if developed, aims to turn 14.5 million hectares of agricultural land in the Nacala Corridor in Northern Mozambique, currently being used by small-scale farmers, into industrial monoculture agriculture driven by corporations for export production.

UNAC participated in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) People’s Summit in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. It saw the regional gathering as an opportunity to promote and expand its campaign, and to seek and build support from other regional movements against the Prosavana project.

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Brazil and Japan: The Mozambican government invited us to participate in the ProSavana program


b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_agrarianreform_2013-09-17_land_not_for_sale.jpgAfter concerns were raised about the negative effects ProSavana poses to the Mozambican peasants, the governments of Brazil and Japan defended their participation in the program. They said that they are only part of the program at the request of the Mozambican government to develop agriculture in the North region of the country.

The Brazilian government representative, Matheus de Carvalho, who spoke to more than 250 people at the Triangular Conference of the Peoples – July 24th, 2010 – defended his country’s participation. He said that his country is participating in ProSavana to develop agriculture, particularly the research and technology fields, as well as the improvement of local seeds, as means of “helping Mozambique”.

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