- Published on Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:48
The Prophet Isaiah speaks of a time that a new creation will come to pass when "they shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit... they shall not plant and another eat." Haitian farmer Childeric Placid, who also serves as a facilitator and community trainer with longtime Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) partner the Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP), had the opportunity to taste the reality of this promise as the result of a seed and tool program funded by the PC(USA) after the 2010 earthquake.
- Published on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 20:28
Building solidarity and strengthening our struggles to address the economic and climate crisis in the fight to change the system
Last September 17, 2012, in an inspiring expression of solidarity from the South to the North, more than 35 social movements and civil society organizations from Asia together with regional networks, international organizations and social movements, sent a letter to our brothers and sisters in Occupy Wall Street on the occasion of the first anniversary of their struggle.
This was a direct result of the social movements meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand last August 31. Called by La Via Campesina together with several social movements from around Asia, the open meeting which was attended by over 60 representatives of social movements and civil society organizations, aimed to collectively assess, analyze and strategize on how to regain our momentum in the fight against climate change, build solidarity and connect our struggles to change the system. The open meeting was very successful in achieving its stated objectives and agreed to hold a follow up assembly in Manila, Philippines during the World Social Forum on Migrations.
- 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.