- Published on Saturday, 17 May 2008 14:03
Japan Family Farmers Movement（NOUMINREN）urge government to put the counter measure of “New Starvation”, prohibit agro-fuel and prevent global warming
NOUMINREN Press Release
Japan Family Farmers Movement（NOUMINREN）and National Coalition of Workers, Farmers and Consumers for Safe Food and Health (SHOKKEN-REN) have urged the government to play an active role to promote reducing world hunger and preventing global warming.
- Published on Saturday, 17 May 2008 13:29
In the video members of the farmers organisation Via Campesina talk about the dangers of the privatisation of natural resources, the commericalisation of family farming and GMOs. We hear voices from different continents stating the destruction caused by adaptation of local agriculture to the dictate of neoliberal globalization and with the agroindustrial model - for the sake of profit and not for the benefit of the people!
Production: Andrea Ploeger
Genre: Video, 12 min
Date of Production: May 2008
Language: English and Spanish
- Published on Thursday, 15 May 2008 14:50
German and Brazilian farmers of la Via Campesina took part to an action on Tuesday the 13th in Bonn, Germany, to denounce the signing of an agreement between Merkel and Lula for the supply of agrofuel.
Gentil Couto Vieira from the Landless People's Movement in Brazil warned that agrofuel will increase corporate control over land, water and seeds, at the expense of indigenous and peasants communities and at the expense of biodiversity. Do the previous chair of COP, Brazil, and the new one, Germany, overlook so much at their commitment towards biodiversity as to sign now an agreement that express how much corporate interest weight more for them as people's rights and the future of the planet?
Protocol on Biosecurity and the Convention on Biodiversity: No to the privatization of biodiversity!
- Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:34
Via Campesina Position Paper
In May 2008 in Bonn, Germany the 4th Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Biosecurity (MOP4) also called the « Cartagena Protocol » and the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, COP9) will take place.
For millenia small-scale farmers of the world have conserved and renewed plant and animal biodiversity. Faced with the grave threats that today weigh upon biodiversity, whether of wild or agricultural species, we call on signatory governments to the Convention on Biodiversity to recognize the ancient role of peasant/community based farmers. Their struggle has always been to control the erosion of biodiversity and to limit the effects of climate change. Therefore, we demand that governments radically reassess the national and international policies that are wiping out rural communities across the planet. We also warn them against the false solutions –GMOs, agrofuels and forest monocultures, so called “carbon sinks”, which, far from resolving these problems, only make the situation worse by marginalizing small producers even more.