- Published on Friday, 14 October 2016 16:04
(Harare, October 13, 2016) On October 16th, La Via Campesina’s International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations (TNCs), we continue the struggle to end corporate control of our food and reject free trade agreements.
Through their extensive and clandestine lobbying, TNCs have put in place legal, economic and trade policy frameworks to legitimise their greed for profits and destruction of nature. For example, the Investment Court System (ICS) or State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and the Free Trade Agreements (such as in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [TTIP], Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements [CETA], North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA], Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP], Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership [RCEP]) are all biased in their favour to ensure full control of the world agricultural production and distribution. Patents and intellectual property regimes are their tools to achieve this. In this process, peasant seeds, the foundation of agriculture, are rendered illegal. Biodiversity is eroded and replaced by uniform crops. Grabbing of land from peasants, particularly in developing countries, is carried out in the pretext of “feeding 9 billion people by 2050” through their advanced and destructive technologies.
- Published on Thursday, 13 October 2016 20:43
Brussels, 11 October 2016
From 14 to 16 October 2016, an International Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague, Netherlands, alongside a People's Assembly, to hear cases against Monsanto and other agribusiness corporations and put forward real solutions to societal and environmental challenges. An international delegation of La Via Campesina will be taking part in this awareness raising event highlighting the need to reclaim people's sovereignty, dismantle corporate power and stop impunity.
Faced with the increased control by transnational corporations over food and agriculture, through privatization, commodification and concentration of resources, grassroots organizations propose food sovereignty, agrarian reform and agroecology as alternatives for the whole of society and more specifically at the UN through the implementation of binding instruments to control TNCs .
- Published on Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:53
Brussels: 13 October 2016
A series of meetings to reflect on the sector of sheep meat, conducted at the request of Phil Hogan, was completed today.
For the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), present at this meeting, this is the perfect opportunity for the European Union to finally acknowledge the true value of the invaluable expertise of sheep farmers in our countries, whether in polyculture farming in lowland areas or in more difficult mountain or island areas. Sheep production plays a major socio-economic and environmental role in rural areas and in the development of those.
After French MP and CETA critic denied entry, NFU asks "Is freedom of speech the victim of free trade?"
- Published on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:12
(Montreal, October 12, 2016) - On October 11, 2016, French farmer José Bové, who is a Member of the European Parliament and an outspoken critic of the Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), was denied entry into Canada at the Montreal airport. No explanation for his detention has been given. The Council of Canadians had invited Bové to speak about the trade deal's implications for agriculture. At the same event, Jan Slomp, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) was to share his critique of CETA and call for an alternative approach to trade that would see economic prosperity generated from the grassroots up.
"We are deeply concerned that an elected representative of the European Parliament has been denied access to Canada, and thus denied the opportunity to express his opinion about the flaws in CETA," said Slomp. "A strong democracy allows all information to be shared and all opinions to be heard. What is there in CETA that the authorities need to hide? Is freedom of speech now being sacrificed on the altar of free trade?"