- Published on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 13:20
"For food sovereignty and food for all"
Globalise the Struggle, Hope and Videos!
In 2013, the international peasant movement La Via Campesina will celebrate 20 years working to globalise its struggles and hopes. To celebrate this anniversary, La Via Campesina will be launching a new channel on line: Via Campesina TV. This on-line TV-channel aims to make peasant struggles and victories more visible concerning several different topics: food sovereignty; native seeds; and the fight for land, water and the protection of life. It will provide an outlet for showcasing the dynamism, energy, strength and solidarity that mutually enrich us in the continued fight for the world that we want.
Whether you are a farmer, a Via Campesina activist, a member of another allied or friendly organization, or simply someone who shares our struggle; or a video activist, a student, or a filmmaker, you are invited to submit short videos on land, food, agroecology, native seeds, water, food sovereignty, farmer organizations and struggles, or any campaign against GMOs, TNCs, the use of agrotoxins in agriculture and so on.
You don't need to be a professional filmmaker, but you should be willing to change our food system.
Your videos will be published for the launch of our online TV channel, in March 2013.
How do I take part?
- Published on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:10
Firab – ECVC – CEO – Italian anti-GMO task force
Parma, 13 November – Campaigners today demonstrated outside a conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), held at its headquarters in Parma, Italy. Farmers, NGOs, students and local activists have gathered to denounce the industry-capture of our food safety system that EFSA plays a key role in.
José Manuel Benitez said: “EFSA is not fulfilling its mandate to ensure European citizens safe food and safe farming environments. European farmers and peasants demand a radical shift in EFSA’s modus operandi.”
The conference is celebrating 10 years of “transparency, independence and scientific excellence” but the campaigners say that EFSA experts and members of its management board have frequently been shown to have a conflict of interest with the food and biotech industry.
- Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:23
November 6 -12, 2012
La Via Campesina International delegates, representing our regional member organizations, are meeting in Surin province of Thailand in Asia to have the First Global Encounter on Agroecology and Seeds. The main objective is for La Via Campesina to share experience and construct a strategy and vision on agroecology and seeds, in the holistic understanding that both are part of the struggle to achieve food sovereignty.
Thailand has been chosen as the place of the meeting because in this country there is a growing shift made by small-scale farmers to move from the green revolution based model of industrial farming into agroecology. The presence of international delegates will support the growth of the agroecological farmers movement in Thailand, who declare that “the survival of small-scale farmers is the survival of society!” The delegates as part of this encounter are learning much from this experience as to strengthen peasant farmer agroecology.
- Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 14:32
With great joy and enthusiasm from the land of Sandino, hosted by peasant organizations in Nicaragua, surrounded and strengthened by the fighting spirit and rebellion of the Nicaraguan people that strengthens the daily process of Christian, Socialist and Solidary Revolution, we have concluded our First Continental Assembly of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations CLOC-Via Campesina.
Celebrating our history to the beat of heroic struggles of indigenous peoples and peasants in Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama, after three days of deliberations we concluded on the need to continue promoting the processes of struggle and organization to move towards the construction of the decent, revolutionary, and solidary society that we all desire. We call peasant and popular organizations in Latin America to strengthen our class solidarity.