- Published on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 15:30
Last week CLOC - La Vía Campesina had their sixth continental congress of member organizations from all over Latin America and the Caribbean.
Over 300 peasants from 27 different countries gathered in Managua to participate in the three and a half days long conference. One of the purposes was to discuss the political resolutions and the plan of action that was accepted during the congress held in Ecuador two years ago. Then it was decided, among other things, that CLOC – La Vía Campesina should work with the campaign against violence against women and continue to push for acceptance for an UN declaration for peasants ‘rights.
Another objective was to develop CLOC - La Vía Campesina´s commissions, strengthening the continental work and agree on the structure and function of the organization chart. - During this congress we will not just talk about our agreements from the last conference. It´s also an opportunity to fortify the struggle in which we are all warriors who defend our principles and interests, said Erick Fernandez from Panamá, a member of the political commission of La Vía Campesina.
- Published on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 01:15
Brussels, 5 November 2012
Media Invitation from Corporate Europe Observatory, the Italian anti-GMO Task Force, the European Coordination Via Campesina and FIRAB
A farmers and citizens conference marking the 10th anniversary of EFSA
WHEN: 12 November 2012 - from 16.00 till 19.30
WHERE: Aula Magna Economy Faculty - University of Parma
Via Kennedy 6, Parma, Italy
Manifestation and press conference, 13 November – from 10.30h-12.00 in front of EFSA,
Via Carlo Magno 1A, Parma
As the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) celebrates its 10th anniversary with several events, experts, farmers, food campaigners, MEPs and members of the public are gathering in a farmers' and citizens' conference to examine the question of industry's influence over EU food safety rules, and ask how to better protect public health and the environment.
In several cases, scientific advice delivered by EFSA has been dogged by controversy. This conference will look at ongoing concerns about industry influence, the science used for food safety and environmental risk assessment, and will ask what steps can be taken to prevent regulatory capture by industry.
Case studies on aspartame and GM will be presented. Fiorella Belpoggi from the Fondazione Ramazzini will talk about worrying studies done on the food additive aspartame which were ignored by EFSA. Christoph Then from TestBiotech will focus on the flawed GMO risk assessment process as designed by EFSA. Nina Holland, from Corporate Europe Observatory, Andrea Ferrante, from the European Coordination Via Campesina and Monica Frassoni, co-president of the Green European Party, will address the problems surrounding EFSA, conflicts of interest and industry science.
- Published on Friday, 02 November 2012 15:55
The Continental Assembly of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) discussed and approved its Charter as a necessary step towards strengthening the organization. The Assembly also approved new members.
Some of the resolutions include the ratification of the five regions of CLOC-Via Campesina: The Caribbean, Central America, the Andean region, the Southern Cone and North America.
It also recognized the existence of the Continental Political Commission as the space to lead, encourage and support actions as defined in its Congresses and Assemblies, the plan of action and strategic principles.
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