- Published on Friday, 30 May 2008 05:05
Via Campesina activities in COP9: Where to find videos, radio interviews, pictures and articles covering our actions
From the 17th to 22nd of May, la Via Campesina took part in several actions towards the 9th Conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn.
- 19th May: Protest against biopiracy and GMO patents, at the German association of Plant breeders (BDP): See picture and article in German
- 22nd of May: "Profitdiversity day", activists disrupt the celebrations of Bayer, Syngenta, IFAP, Monsanto and co. Article, pictures and the fake leaflet
- 22nd of May: Via Campesina joins Biodiversity day celebrations
Article and picture
See pictures of the action in the plenary
- For more articles and radio interviews covering social movements activities in Bonn.
- Several video interviews of peasants activists in Bonn
- Published on Thursday, 29 May 2008 05:42
Demonstrations, Street Theater and Protests at the German Breeders’ Association in Bonn
Records from a German Seed Bank are Given Back to Farmers from the South
Via Campesina Protests Against the Absence of Farmers’ Voices in Agricultural Biodiversity Day
As the delegates to the ninth Meeting of the Parties to the UN Biodiversity Convention (CBD) in Bonn, Germany, arrived on the morning of May 19, they were confronted with an energetic group of protesters. Members of Via Campesina and other allies from Germany (BUKO Campaign Against Biopiracy), Belgium and the Netherlands (A SEED) joined forces to urge delegates to consider the consequences of promoting agrofuels and green revolution policies whose consequences have been the eradication of small farmers, environmentally damaging monocultures, soil erosion and global warming. To the rhythm of A SEED’s samba drummers, they shouted slogans that denounced Germany’s deal with Brazil for the massive production of Agrofuels.
- Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 05:45
Distributed by Via Campesina at the CBD pleanry meeting on May 22, 2008
Historically, we, small farmers, have developed and preserved agricultural biodiversity by reproducing our seeds, exchanging and adapting them to climate change. This has guaranteed the continuity of agriculture, local food supplies and food sovereignty.
In the face of a dramatic global food crisis, corporate interests are advocating for a new Green Revolution in Africa as a strategy to increase productivity. Although they use concepts such as “sustainability”, “participation”, and “biodiversity management”, the production model is the same as that which has created the present crisis and growing loss of biodiversity.
- Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 03:52
The Via Campesina action was just after the message from the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, to the delegates of the Convention. The banners read "No Agro-Diversity? Without Farmers" and "No Food For Fuels".
Members of Via Campesina were applauded by delegates when they chanted "nature for people, not for business". After a few minutes the banners were removed by security and the people holding them were escorted out of the Maritim Hotel, and their accreditation to the COP was cancelled.