Trade agreements and food sovereignty don’t mix, says NFU

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(October 16, 2015) -  On October 16, 1945, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was founded in Quebec City. World Food Day commemorates the occasion by celebrating the FAO’s mission to promote international cooperation to combat hunger, rural poverty, disempowerment and public apathy regarding these issues.

“World Food Day serves as a reminder of our international commitment to work toward world-wide food security and social justice for food producers,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union (NFU) President. “Canada hosted the first FAO meeting. Today, seventy years later, Canada has taken a great leap backward with the current government’s support for trade deals like CETA and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- international treaties that, if ratified, will do irreparable harm to Canada’s food system and prevent future governments from building a more just and ecologically sound approach to food and agriculture.”

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No TTIP For Food Sovereignty

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Brussels, 13 October 2015

Faced with an increased offensive from European Union political leaders in issues like free trade agreements, austerity measures and social dumping, the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) is mobilizing and joining Brussels' action days the 15, 16 and 17 October.   

In concert with civil society and labor unions from across Belgium and Europe, peasant farm organizations are denouncing the policies of the EU, inclined towards big capital and multinational corporations. The secretive negotiations around the TTIP free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States are an example of such policies. Our members are raising the alarm, underscoring the threats this FTA represents to the environment, peasant livelihoods and our health.

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16th October - International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations

Call for action: As the world marks World Food Day on the 16th October, we call for true solutions to climate change, for Food Sovereignty, and for an end to the corporate control of our food and our lives. 

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(Harare, October 12, 2015) La Via Campesina calls its members and allies, and civil society organizations to mobilize and organize actions on October 16th, the International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations (TNCs). The current climate, hunger and migrant and refugee crises affecting millions of peasants, small farmers, families, especially women and youth show that corporate solutions are false and won’t yield human dignity.

TNCs displace and dispossess millions of peasants and family farmers, women and men of their land, forests, water and territories to set up profit seeking destructive enterprises. Globally, over 1.2 billion peasants and their families : ensure food sovereignty and the right to food by  providing  up to 80% of locally consumed food and  cool the planet and conserve biodiversity and seeds. On October 16th, let us raise our voices and resist land grabbing, so-called climate smart agriculture laden with agro-toxins and genetically-modified seeds; and call for a radical transformation towards a fair and decent food system for all. We continue to propose wider adoption of agroecology and the construction of people’s food sovereignty.

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Black farmers’ lives matter: Defending African-American land and agriculture in the deep south

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October 5, 2015

The 2015 US Food Sovereignty Prize goes to two organizations that are demonstrating just how much Black lives matter, as they defend their ancestral lands for community-controlled food production. The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, primarily African-American farmers across the deep South, shares the prize with the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, Afro-indigenous farmers and fisher-people. The prize will be presented in Des Moines on October 14, 2015.

Food sovereignty goes beyond ensuring that people have enough food to meet their physical needs. It asserts that citizens everywhere must reclaim their power in food systems by rebuilding the relationships between people and the land, and between food providers and those who eat. 
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance upholds the right to food as a basic human right and works to connect our local and national struggles to the international movement for food sovereignty.

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