RTRS-soja genomineerd voor ‘The Big Greenwash Award’
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(so far only available in Dutch) Op 23 juni organiseert Climaxi in Brussel ‘The Big Greenwash Circus’. Dit wordt een Conferentie over valse oplossingen voor de klimaatcrisis. Als onderdeel van dit evenement wordt er een greenwash award uitgereikt. Hiervoor zijn vijf organisaties en bedrijven genomineerd. Een hiervan is de Round Table on Responsible Soy (Ronde Tafel Verantwoorde Soja). De afgelopen jaren heeft ASEED campagne gevoerd tegen dit label voor genetisch gemanipuleerde pesticide-soja. Andere genomineerden zijn VLAM (Vlaams Centrum voor Agro- en Visserijmarketing), PNB Paribas, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC label) en oliebedrijf BP.

 

Ongehoord: misstanden in de Nederlandse varkensindustrie naar buiten gebracht
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Omdat de intensieve veehouderij veel problemen veroorzaakt voor mens, dier en milieu is ASEED daar zeer op tegen. Er moet zo snel mogelijk een einde komen aan de vleesindustrie in Nederland. Met ASEED focussen we op de problemen met het veevoer waaronder de geïmporteerde soja. Maar het is goed dat er ook mensen zijn die zich vooral richten op wat er in de stallen gebeurt. Hier volgt het persbericht van de groep Ongehoord:

Een groep vrijwilligers heeft in het geheim onderzoek gedaan naar de Nederlandse varkensindustrie.

Say no to impunity for the killers of Silvino Talavera
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Send letters to support the court case in Paraguay against soy producers responsible for the deadly use of soy pesticides.

In addition to this call you can find a german translation, an article about the Petrona and her family, more background information about Paraguay and a call for financial support for this family and their campaign for justice and against the soy plantations.

Dear compañeras/os and organizations,

The court case that deals with the events surrounding the death of 11 year old Silvino Talavera, which was caused by agrochemical poisoning in Itapúa, Paraguay, on 7th January 2003, is in danger of being dropped next month, and the crime going unpunished by the law. The case has been static in court in an ongoing appeal process for over a year.
We ask for solidarity from individuals and organizations to pressure the Paraguayan State and Justice system to obtain a resolution of this process.

Peasant family in Paraguay condemned by agrotoxins
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Family Petrona Villasboa

The tragedy faced by Petrona Villasboa’s peasant family doesn’t seem to come to an end. The family has been affected by agrotoxic contamination for more than 3 years. This time Petrona’s 3 month-old grandchild i

s suffering from hidrocefalia. Even after 3 years of judicial battle the family is still waiting for the conviction of those responsible f or the poisoning of Petrona´s son.

Raising support for a peasant family in Paraguay
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Here you can find a call to support a harassed and threatened family in Paraguay with their fights against big soy farmers and with their more general struggle against the marching on of soyplantations that mainly produce animal feed for Europe.

Dear Friends,

With this letter we are seeking financial support for Petrona Villasboa from Paraguay, and her family, who are currently living in ever worsening circumstances. Like many thousands of other small farmers in her region, Petrona and her family are suffering the direct consequences of the rapid expansion of industrial soy plantations around her small plot of land.

Legal victory: Justice for soy victim Silvino!
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The soy farmers responsible for the death of Silvino will go to Jail

Asuncion, 29 November 2006 – The Paraguayan Supreme Court has declared the extraordinary cassation request submitted by Lic. Fabio Daniel Baez Acosta, the defence lawyer of Alfredo Lautenschlager and Herman Schlender, as inadmissible. This means they will have to fulfil the sentence that was confirmed by the Appellation Tribunal of Encarnación and go to jail for two years for causing general risks and homicide. The sentence was confirmed without suspension.

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Brazilans oppose Bush Lula Ethanol deal
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March 21 2007 – During President Bush’s visit to Brazil thousands of poor, rural members of the international Via Campesina social movement and the Brazilian Movement of the Landless Rural Workers (MST) orchestrated massive, non-violent occupations of multinational agribusiness corporations throughout the country. Nine hundred women occupied the Cevasa ethanol distillery in São Paulo.

Demonstration and boat action against the 2nd Soy Round Table in Paraguay
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On the 31st of August 2006, early in the morning peasant organisations, women and neighborhood associations, NGOs and many more gathered to protest against the agro export model of monoculture crops promoted by government officials and the main national and multilateral corporations who met in the Yacht and Golf Club in Asunción, Paraguay. (read more about this second, so called, Round Table on Responsible Soy' ). A march, colored by stilt walkers, murga drum players, banners, pictures and the presence of approximately 300 people.
On September 1st they organised a boat action in front of the hotel to again voice their resistance to the model they are proposing, stating that monoculture soy production will also affect river life.

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Eviction and Criminalization Threaten Peasant Organisation MAP
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High Alert in Paraguay!

The MAP (Agrarian and Popular Movement), a Paraguayan peasant organization, is in a state of alert and requires international solidarity. A camp of landless youths from Pariri is being threatened with eviction, and there is an attempt to frame and criminalize the organization’s national leader, Jorge Galeano. The situation is a clear example of the corruption and violence that accompanies the Paraguay’s model of soybean production, a model which tends to criminalize social organizations as they defend peasant and indigenous communities.

Massacre in the department of Caaguazu – Paraguay
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On
June 26 2005, Brazilian growers of genetically modified soy, protected
by the police and military, attacked 
Tekojoja peasant community in Caaguazu, Paraguay. They evicted 270 people and burnt down
the crops and all 54 houses. 2 men, Ángel Cristaldo and
Luis Torres were killed, many were injured and 130 people, many
of them women and children, were arrested.

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