- Published on Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:08
For 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.
- Published on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 18:51
On the occasion of the death of our dear friend Nicolas Duntze, the Coordinating Committee and Working Group on Migration and Rural Workers of ECVC would like to extend our deepest sympathies to both his family and the Paysanne Confederation of France.
Nicolás, a vineyard worker in Gard and former spokesperson for the French organization has been an active participant in the European and International branches of Vía Campesina. Throughout his life he demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the cause of small farm holders and workers. He actively fought against transgenic seeds and denounced the European agricultural policies that are destroying the farming community and the environment while they promote the concentration of landownership into fewer and fewer hands under the industrial agriculture model.
- Published on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 17:12
69-year-old farmer Baek Nam-gi remains unconscious in a hospital bed in Seoul more than 250 days after he was struck down by police water cannon after participating in a demonstration on 14 November last year.
After Mr. Baek fell down, the water cannon continued to be aimed directly at him and those participants who were trying to assist him and dragging him away for approximately 15 seconds. The police’s own internal guidelines specify that where an injury is sustained during the use of water cannon, immediate steps must be taken to provide relief to the injured person. No immediate help was offered to Mr. Baek by the authorities who arrived at the hospital over an hour later by which time he was in a critical condition.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:15
Amrita Bhoomi, La Via Campesina's agroecology school in Karnataka (India), is collaborating with farmer-trainers of Baduku Community college to provide an intensive workshop on agroecology to the youth in the region.
The fifteen-day course, spread over a period of three months includes theoretical and pratical sessions.
The course, which began with an introspective and self-reflective session allowed the participants to analyse their own contexts and histories, enabling them to look deep within themselves.