- Published on Monday, 30 November 2015 23:43
To solve the global warming crisis, multinationals are suggesting false solutions. Far from solving the problem they are contributing with their share of damages. A brief overview follows. This article is the first in a series of five to appear this week.
According to those who promote them, they are a wonderful dual-power technology. To start with, GMOs would have the ability to slow down climate change by: reducing the use of pesticides, which constitute a significant source of Green House Gases when they are produced and used; and by reducing tillage, which releases carbon emissions. What's even better is that GMOs would allow us to have plants that resist droughts and floods, which therefore adapt to climate change!
- Published on Monday, 30 November 2015 22:59
La Via Campesina, Confédération Paysanne, European Coordination Via Campesina press release
(Bagnolet, 26th November 2015) For a number of years, La Vie Campesina has been an active presence at each Conference of the Parties (COP) organised as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC - CCNUCC). With no other option than migration when their lands are devastated by climate disasters, peasant farmers are among the first to fall victim to adverse climate conditions. But this element, whilst the most visible, is all but a tiny part of a much greater problem. In reality, all farmers, regardless of the part of the world they call home, are victims of adverse climatic conditions which impact upon their everyday practices. They are also implicated by the so-called solutions offered by multinationals and governments during these well-known Conventions of the Parties.
From 4th December, the men and women of la Via Campesina, present from 30 countries1, and members of the Confédération Paysanne will be present in Paris to show that the form of agriculture that is the basis of their everyday life represents a valid means of counteracting adverse climate conditions.
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Bangladesh: The peasant associations BKF-BKS in the struggle against the effects of climate change and for solidarity
- Published on Monday, 30 November 2015 19:10
Badrul Alam, a representative of the BKF-BKS movement in Bangladesh, was in France in June 2015 and was interviewed by Pierre Rousset.
Pierre Rousset – You came to France at the invitation of the Confederation paysanne to participate in the mobilization in Amiens on June 17, in defence of peasant activists on trial for their action against the “farm of a thousand cows”.
Badrul Alam – We wanted to affirm an international solidarity with the Confederation and its members dragged before the courts for a struggle - in the face of giant industrial farms - which we fully support. Like the Confederation, we are a member of La Via Campesina. I represented in Amiens our twin associations, the BKF-BKS comprising some two million peasants in Bangladesh, half men (in the BKF) and half women (in the BKS). Having two parallel organizations has facilitated the integration of peasant women, it being understood that the husbands cannot join the BKF unless they accept that their wives should do the same with the BKS. Agro-industry imposes its law at the international level and it is very important that our solidarity is stated at this level. Via Campesina has sections both in the North (as in France) and the South (as in Bangladesh).
- Published on Monday, 30 November 2015 18:57
Industrialized countries such as Germany must take the lead towards achieving the goal of keeping the global warming below 2 degrees. Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned of the devastating effects for humanity and ecosystems if average global temperatures rise by more than 2 degrees.
According to the IPCC, global warming from 3 to 5 degrees would have devastating consequences for humanity if no effective countermeasures are implemented immediately. Such consequences are a direct threat to the very existence of farmers in Europe and throughout the world.