The Forgotten Arguments
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— link to FOEI movie: "The Agrofuel Myth" (spring 2009) —

Because of the increasing production of soy in South America millions of hectares of rainforest  and savanna are being destroyed. For this reason WWF started a campaign for sustainable soy production. The disappearance of forest and savanna is definitely a big disaster, but in the WWF initiative, many crucial issues are being ignored or put aside:

The Soy Campaign
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A SEED’s soy campaign questions large scale soy production in South America and supports sustainable and local food production in Europe. The campaign has the following goals: To inform the general public about the social and ecological effects of the massive soy production in Latin America; land conflicts, violence, rising … verder lezen

“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.

Toxic-soy action at WWF in the Netherlands
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ImageTuesday 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.

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.

ASEED on tour langs varkensstallen
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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

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.

Pig Tour – reports from the tour-stops
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ImageThis 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.

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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