Thursday April 17th, the international day of farmers struggles, the group Agrocrisis blocked a Cargill company firm in the harbour of Ghent, Belgium. Some 30 activists began the action at around 6h30 in the morning and lasted until after 5 p.m. During all that time, not one truck with soy could enter or leave the firm. Some activists had locked themselves with pipes and bicycle chains at the gate, so it was impossible to open the entrance without brute force. The staff of the firm, scared of bad publicity, chose therefore to let the activists occupy the gate and didn't ask the police to intervene.
During the whole month of May a small team of A SEED, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and the Movimiento Agrario y Popular (MAP) will cross through various European countries. Info-evenings, meetings, action and filmfestivals will be held in which there will be a focus on large scale soy cultivation, genetechnology, agrofuels and resistance. Central in this tour is Gilda Roa, representative of the Paraguayan peasant organisation MAP.
From the 12 until the 30th of May the UN summit on Biodiversity (CBD) took place in the German town Bonn. But as expected the current problems with the food and climate crisis have not been solved by this meeting. Not even some serious steps in the right direction. But what can you expect with countries like Canada and Australia that mainly defend the interests of their large scale agriculture. Also delegations from European countries are thinking more about their multinationals and own decadent consumption pattern than about nature and a healthy and social food production.
Protesters at petrol stations state “Agrofuels are no solution for the climate and energy problem!”
Malmö, Saturday 20 September 2008 – During the European Social Forum (ESF) about 50 people protested against the introduction of the large scale production of agrofuels. The devastating social and environmental consequences of the production of energy crops was a big issue in the presentations and discussions inside the ESF. The Agrofools decided that it was important to reach the people in the streets as well, and to explain that we have to choose between food and fuel.
Land reforms! NO Steakholder Conferences!
Amsterdam – On the 9th of December (2008) A SEED Europe held a picket-line at a conference on genetically modified soy. The objective of the meeting was to discuss sustainability risks and benefits of GM soy and to formulate management options for companies. A SEED reminded participants upon arrival that not only is GM still controversial, but so is large-scale soy production in general. A SEED did not participate in the conference itself because the announcement made clear that in our eyes crucial poignant issues in the (GM) soy debate were not open for discussion.
Guerrilla Gardening in de Betuwe: Vleesindustrie zorgt voor dierenleed, klimaatramp en ontbossing. Vrijdag 17 april 2009 – 40 activisten van de groep Stop Straathof heeft vandaag een groentetuin aangelegd op het terrein in Buren waar grootindustrieel Straathof een van zijn vele varkenshouderijen wil uitbreiden. De actie was een protest tegen … verder lezen
Tuesday 19 May, 2009 – Today, the head office of WWF-Netherlands received some extraordinary visitors, including a weeping panda, a Monsanto circus director, and various people in white overalls spraying "Roundup". The action is a protest on the occasion of the upcoming vote of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), on 28 May in Campinas (Brazil). This forum will allow GM RoundupReady soy to be certified as 'responsible', while in reality, this soy is responsible for massive use of pesticides as well as deforestation and driving small farmers from their lands.
In june 2009 ASEED Europe and the German organisation Nandu have visited a large number of locations where local residents have organised themselves against the construction of mega pig stalls. Most dates on the tour featured an information meeting and a street event. But also the informal exchange of information, … verder lezen
This page offers a short report of every stop that we made on the pig tour that A SEED organised in June 2009. A report in German can be found on the website of Nandu, our German partner in this project.
Later, we will publish a more substantial analysis on this website of what we experienced and saw during the many visits we paid to local action groups that are protesting against the pig farms. We can also get cracking with the new video-letters concerning the situation here in Europe: there’s plenty to do! Keep an eye on A SEED’s website for updates on the campaign against huge farms.