- Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 23:22
Hinche, June 5th 2012
DECLARATION OF LA VÍA CAMPESINA HAITI AND ALLIES
For World Environment Day on June 5th 2012, we, the member organizations of LVC: MPP (Farmers' Movement of Papaye), MPNKP (National Farmers' Movement of the Congress of Papaye), TK (Heads Together of Haitian small farmers) and our allies from social movements, met at the National Training Center for Farmer Executives of the MPP in Papaye on June 4th 2012 to discuss the great crises that rock the planet, a few days before Rio + 20 and the Peoples' Summit, where industrialized countries will promote a new form of capitalism under the name of GREEN ECONOMY.
This "green economy" consists in an ever more systematic pillage of natural resources under the direction of transnational corporations (TNCs), who tamed the Organization of the United Nations and use it against the majority of the populations of the planet.
20 years after the Rio de Janeiro conference in 1992, industrialized countries with their TNCs will return to Rio with the goal of transforming Life, the common goods of humanity and all natural resources into commercial goods. They bring with themselves a series of false solutions to the crises that they created and that are wrecking havoc on the planet: the food crisis, financial crisis, environmental crisis, and climatic crisis. It's a systemic crisis – a crisis of a model of production and consumption that has already surpassed acceptable limits.
- Published on Saturday, 09 June 2012 04:06
7 June , Bangalore
More than a 1000 Karnataka farmers tried to cease the venue of the Global Investors Meet this morning by blocking the main road and disrupting traffic. The police has arrested about a 1000 while the others are still protesting. KRRS farmers have committed to a jail bharo - they are undertaking mass voluntary arrests.
The Karnataka government is laying a red carpet for investors to come and invest in Karnataka in areas like agriculture, tourism, infrastructure etc. they want to sign atleast 300 MOUs in the two days meet of 7 and 8 June 2012. In agriculture, they want to intensify biotechnology research capacity, set up SEZs for food processing with MNCs like Coca cola, Pepsi and Nestle, intensify contract farming. The Chief Ministers of most other BJP ruled states are present at this meeting.
Farmers are opposing this model of development based on foreign investments, large scale projects that are geared towards exports, profiteering and elite consumerism. Land banks are being set up by the karnataka government for SEZs and alll kinds of incentives like cheap uninterrupted electricity, tax cuts etc are being provided to investors while farmers are being uprooted off their lands, committing suicide and have to beg for drought relief measures, electricity, fair prices for their produce. It is clear that Pepsi and Coca Cola are not interested in feeding people or protecting nature, and neither are they going to solve the serious hunger crises of our country. We need the peasants and people of the land to feed our country. Resources, government incentives and the model of development need to geared towards them.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 10:32
Position Paper of La Via Campesina
Governments from all over the world will meet in Río de Janeiro, Brasil from June 20-22 2012, to supposedly commemorate 20 years since the “Earth Summit”, the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development, that established for the first time a global agenda for “sustainable development”. During this summit, in 1992, three international conventions were adopted: the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, and the Convention to Fight Desertification. Each of these promised to initiate a series of actions destined to protect the planet and all of the life on it, and to allow all human beings to enjoy a life of dignity.
At that time , many social organizations congratulated and supported these new conventions with hope. Twenty years later, we see the real causes of environmental, economic, and social deterioration continuing without being attacked. Worse still, we are profoundly alarmed that the next meeting in June will serve to deepen neoliberal policies and processes of capitalist expansion, concentration, and exclusion that today have enveloped us in an environmental, economic, and social crisis of grave proportions. Beneath the deceptive and badly intentioned term “green economy”, new forms of environmental contamination and destruction are now rolled out along with new waves of privatization, monopolization, and expulsion from our lands and territories.