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.

Campesino Families Block Fumigation of Soy Fields in Paraguay
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ImageThursday, 10 January 2008 – One hundred campesino residents were able to block the agrotoxic fumigation of a new soy field in the 4th line of the Ybypé community in the Lima district of the department of San Pedro.

In this “line” [section] of the town, parcels of campesino land were sold to Brazilian soy growers, who dismantled the parcels entirely with tractors and planted soy. The residents, aware of the dangers represented by the pesticides used to fumigate the soy fields, have successfully resisted every intent to fumigate these parcels.

“Round Table set to certify damaging soy”
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New report published by groups from Europe, the US and South America

The Round Table on Responsible Soy is seeking to legitimise irresponsible, socially and environmentally damaging soy production, according to a new report published on Tuesday 22 April, ahead of the Round Table on Responsible Soy’s third conference in Buenos Aires.

Still protest needed against agrofuel targets European Commission
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After a lot of criticism from a broad range of civil society groups the European Commission decided in september 2008 to add a review of the 2020 agrofuel targets in 2014. But the 5% target for 2015 is there and it didn't slow down the current growth of the use and productions of agrofuels. Also the surface of monoculture field planted with energy crops, like soy, oil palms and sugar cane, is still expanding rapidly. The letter to the European Commission below is giving a good update of the agrofuel developments at the EU level.

“For a Cool Planet”
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"Stop! The UNFCCC is going off the rails!"
Call from Via Campesina for the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, December 2009

The coming months there will be a lot of attention for climate change. Also A SEED's soy campaign is busy with this issue. The emission of climate gases is one of the main arguments against the production of meat and dairy products. In the coming months we hope to get attention for this relation and for the alternative ways to produce and consume food in a sustainable and social way. Off course also the other sources of pollution are important for A SEED and we support climate actions against roads, coal power plants and flying (NGO) people as well.
 
Here you can find a call from the international network of small farmers' organizations Via Campesina.

Info nights toxic soy
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Amsterdam on November 25 and December 1

By now more than 10.000 protest emails have been sent to the Dutch government by you and our allies from The Netherlands and abroad. Youhou!. The action will continue untill the end of November. All signatures have been handed over to the Dutch Minister Verburg of Agriculture at the Conference on social economic aspects of GMOs helt by the ministry on November 25 and 26.

What this petition action is all about we have all been able to read on www.toxicsoy.org. But if you want to see it more lively illustrated with some video letters from Soy Hell Central aka Paraguay and hear the latest updates, come …….

Persbericht Gifsoja.nl: Minister ontvangt petitie
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Minister Verburg neemt wo 25 nov 10.500 protestmails in ontvangst tegen Nederlands ontwikkelingsgeld voor Onverantwoorde Soja. Reactie van Nederlandse regering op petitie: er is vooruitgang richting duurzame soja.

Round Table on Responsible Soy suffers setbacks but intensifies EU lobby
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Blog by Corporate Europe Observatory – The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), a much criticised initiative for the certification of soy as "responsible", has stepped up its lobbying to be included under the EU's Renewable Energy Directive to certify "sustainable agrofuels". The RTRS' lobby efforts are now facing setbacks as an important Brazilian player has left the RTRS and the Dutch government seems to be having seconds thoughts about "responsible" soy. The RTRS was so far financed principally by the Dutch government.

Dutch mega stables in Germany: an update
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ImageIn June 2009, A SEED visited many of the places in Eastern Germany where Dutch agro-industrialists where building new mega pig stables. [flyer and report]. Since then, the so-called investors continued their expansion. As the resistance did. The two most prominent planned pig factories give good examples about the proceedings during the last year: Alt Tellin and Haßleben.

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