Milk Crisis: Deregulation not in the interest of producers and consumers

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-01-23-Milk_Crisis.jpgThe sector's deregulatory policy is tailor-made for large-scale distribution and the dairy industry and, it does not serve the interests of producers and consumers.

Brussels, January 23, 2017

Today, European milk producers (ECVC and the European Milk Board - EMB) met again in Brussels for a symbolic action on the occasion of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting.

The aim of this initiative was to draw attention upon the crisis still affecting the milk sector, to denounce the introduction of powdered milk on the market as a result of public intervention, and to demand the re-establishment of a public regulatory instrument designed to end the crisis, the longest in the sector's history.

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Commission and Council only add to the dairy overflow with their milk powder

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-18-01-ECVC_MILK.jpgMilk producers’ initiative – 23rd January, during the meeting of the EU Agriculture Council

ECVC Press Release- Brussels, 18th January 2017

On January 23rd, the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), along with the European Milk Board (EMB), will demonstrate in front of the Justus Lipsius building – Rue de la Loi 175, 1000 Brussels, against the placement of milk powder resulting from public intervention, and in defence of the restoration of regulatory instruments on milk production in the EU.

It is easy to see why: when the European Commission and the EU Council of Ministers for Agriculture add 360,000 tonnes of milk powder – a result of the intervention – to an already inundated milk market, they are not helping the recovery of production prices, nor are they helping the industry commercialise their massive reserves generated by prolonged periods of recession.

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For an agricultural and food policy at the service of the people!

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Brussels, January 12, 2017

The debate on the post-2020 CAP has started; the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker acknowledged the importance of a European Agricultural Policy, the European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan announced a reform under the banner of "modernization and simplification" and the forthcoming launch of a broad public consultation.

Today, the European Coordination Via Campesina will present the basis for its engagement in the debate for the future CAP, in order to set up an Agricultural and Food Policy that truly answers the needs of the European peoples and that shows the human and responsible face of Europe.

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Che Sudaka dedicates their new music video to La Via Campesina and struggles for food sovereignty

b_350_0_16777215_00_.._es_images_Cuando_Ser_Video.pngColombian-Argentine music group Che Sudaka, which is based in Barcelona has released a new music video "Cuando Sera” as part of their album “Hoy” and has dedicated the song to La Via Campesina’s peaceful struggle for food sovereignty and social justice. 

The song was inspired by the events during the National Agricultural Parade in Colombia in 2013, which was attended by peasant movements, artisanal miners, transporters, health workers, students, and with the support of trade union centers and popular organizations. The parade brought attention to the perils of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by Colombia, that restricted peasants from using seeds from their own harvest and tilted agriculture in favor of multinationals like Monsanto. The song was made in collaboration with Subcantante Mario and David Jaramillo, members of the Colombian group Doctor Krápula.

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