- Published on Monday, 30 July 2012 20:25
"The world is being completely intoxicated by an unnecessary and greedy industry, whose only goal is to make money. There is no way to justify what is being done with humans and our earth" says the films director Silvio Tendler.
- Published on Friday, 04 May 2012 08:28
Interview with Rosiéle Chistriane Lüdtke (MPA-Vía Campesina)
The Training Center of the Small Farmers Movement of Brazil (Via Campesina) - located in Rio Grande do Sul- represents a stronghold of political and productive struggle against tobacco transnational corporations that subdue peasant families.
Leader of MPA Rosiéle Lüdtke explained this in an interview with Real World Radio during the 5th National Native Seed Festival held in Anchieta, Santa Catarina state.
At an early age Rosiéle joined the Rural Pastoral Youth and she identified with the proposal of the Small Farmers Movement promoted in her region, where there are large tobacco monoculture plantations.
Coming from a farming family of German origin, she witnessed how her family and most farmers in Rio Grande do Sul harvested to sell their products to transnational corporations, so she found the proposal of production diversification and political training really attractive and necessary.
“I studied, I took a course in agriculture but I continued to be a peasant”, she says.
- Published on Friday, 09 March 2012 10:53
(Brussels, 6 March 2012) Agro-ecology or agro-fuels? Sustainable family farming or sustainable intensification? Farmers seeds or GM seeds? Pastures or dairy factories? Local plant protein or soy? Soil organic matter or methanization? Rotation or monoculture? Land races or cloning? A reduced food chain or import/export? Social innovation or farmers disappearing? Solidarity or competitiveness? Territorial cohesion or concentration of production ? To stop dumping or to "feed" the world? Public funding for public or private research? "Bio"-economy? The EU must choose.
In February, the European Commission has published a strategy/action plan for the "bio"-economy and a communication for a "European Partnership for Innovation (PEI): agricultural productivity and sustainability." A conference is organized by the Commission on March 7 on innovation and research in agriculture.