- Published on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 14:17
Farmworker Association of Florida
December 3, 1984 was a day of infamy that resounded around the world. Today, we say "No more" to poisoning of people and the planet!
Thirty-two years ago, on this day, a leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India resulted in a horrendous tragedy that poisoned hundreds of thousands of innocent people in the middle of the night and early morning hours of December 3rd. More than 30 tons of the pesticide methyl isocyanate were released into the air, causing widespread panic and suffering, as some 600,000 men, women and children experienced severe symptoms from exposure to the toxic gas and several thousand victims died. In the ensuing years, there have been another estimated 15,000 deaths related to the pesticide accident, and an untold number of children born with physical and/or mental health problems.
- Published on Thursday, 01 December 2016 14:02
(Saskatoon, SK, November 30, 2016) – The 47th Annual National Convention of the National Farmers Union (NFU) resolved to denounce the repression of peaceful protesters, including Indigenous land protectors, and expressed its support for the rights of people to engage in acts of civil disobedience in defence of the preservation of water, air, land and wildlife for future generations.
"With this statement, the NFU joins the many thousands of grassroots groups, unions, and Indigenous communities around the world in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they defend the land and water on their traditional territories," said Katie Ward, NFU Women's Vice President. "As family farmers, we are also people of the land who, like the Indigenous water protectors in North Dakota, want our children and their children after them to be able to cultivate healthy soils, drink clean water and live in a just society."
- Published on Thursday, 01 December 2016 12:27
Over 100 Karnataka farmers symbolically ‘auctioned off’ UB city, a landmark building in Bengaluru. The building that belongs to Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya was attached by the Enforcement Directorate in June this year.
On Wednesday, members of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (a leading farmer's organisation) and Karnataka Jana Shakti protested at UB City, demanding that the government should write off farmers’ loans, just like the Vijay Mallya's loans were written off by SBI.
The city police detained 80 protesters and released them in the evening.
- Published on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:07
(Harare, 30 november 2016) We the men, women, and youth of La Vía Campesina, salute the people of Cuba during their time of national mourning over the death of Comandante Fidel Castro Ruz, historic leader of the Cuban Revolution and an inspiration for struggles of emancipation of poor people of the world, from imperialism and capital.
We would like to express our most heartfelt condolences and solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños (ANAP) who, inspired by Comandante Fidel, have led the fight for food sovereignty and in this way feeding the people and protecting the natural resources. Just a few months ago, during their national congress, the members of ANAP celebrated the anniversary of the Agrarian Reform promulgated by Comandante Fidel 57 years ago.