Soy and human rights violations Paraguay
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Report launched at U.N. Biodiversity summit

PRESS RELEASE  March 15, 2006

Grupo de Reflexión Rural from Argentina presents a new report providing detailed accounts of the current violent acts against rural and indigenous communities in Paraguay, which are strongly related to the expansion of (GM) soy production. Witnesses of the cases exposed in the report will be present at the coming United Nations conferences on Biosafety (MOP3) and Biodiversity (COP8).

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Second International Greenwash Soy gathering
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[link naar dezelfde tekst in het nederlands]

This conference under the cynical name 'Round Table on Responsible Soy' did gather transnational corporations and mainstream NGOs in Paraguay's capital, Asuncion from August 31 till September 2 2006. They discussed soy cultivation related problems. Sounds nicer than it is, as their starting point is the continuation of the current production model and only mitigate the expansion that is causing destruction in South American producing countries. Wordwide large scale soy producers, traders and processors are trying to 'greenwash' their business throught this event. That's why there is a lot of resistance from peasant movements, environmental and social organisations and academics.

Caution: Greenwash!
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Swiss peasant activist attacks WWF and FSC on palm-oil and soy certificates.

How large environmental NGOs oil the wheels of the international agri- and forestry business.

Probably there is no child in Switzerland who doesn't know the cuddly panda, the image and logo of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Many even donate part of their pocket money for the conservation of tigers and elephants; for projects meant to protect their natural habitat. Yet hardly anybody is aware that the WWF is organizing ‘round tables’ with those who, fueled by mass consumption in the North, bear the main responsibility for the gigantic network of destruction. Let us therefore take a critical look at the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil and at the Roundtable for Responsible Soy, and also at the timber label FSC – the Forest Stewardship Council.

Thesis: ¨The impact of soy expansion: migration and resistance¨
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— (in dutch) for download here —

This thesis is about the impacts of soy expansion in Paraguay. More specific it investigates which factors, caused by the expansion of soy monoculture, lead to the migration of Paraguayan campesinos (peasants) from their rural communities. It also investigates which groups are most affected by soy-expansion and how the groups that stay resist the soy expansion. Campesinos find themselves being pushed out by soy expansion, resulting in migration to other rural communities or urban slums. The only organizations that oppose these developments locally and in the countryside are campesino-organizations.

Rejection of 3th RoundTable on Responsible Soy
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Already over 100 organisations and networks signed the statement!

ImageOn April 23-24 many companies involved in the large scale production and trade of soy will be meeting in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. Peasant movements and social and ecological groups have published a statement to expose that those companies are not the right ones to talk about so called 'responsible soy'. They are the core of the problem and not part of the solution.

Round Table on Responsible Soy suffers setbacks
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Corporate Europe Observatory, 09 April 2010 – 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”. This would give RTRS-approved soy, much of … verder lezen

Growing Opposition to Round Table on Responsible Soy
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ImageHere you find an open letter signed by over 240 organisations. The article is also useful as a summary or update about the problems related to the massive soy production for the European meat industry

June 7 2010 – The undersigned organisations reject the “responsible” label for soy developed by the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS). The attempts by the Round Table on Responsible Soy to greenwash large scale genetically modified (GM) soy production by labelling it as “responsible” will aggravate the problems caused by industrial soy production, instead of providing solutions. [1]

Pig 8 Soy
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Image “The ugly truth behind the agro-industry, what you eat and what it does to Europe and South America.” During the G8 summit in june 2007 in Germany some actions took place against the meat industry in Mecklenburg, the region where the G8 took place. Here many unscrupulous pigfarmers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North-West Germany profit from the cheap land and weak environmental legislation and build stables for up to 15-thousand pigs.

Meat factories booming – Environmental standards sinking – farmers disappearing
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This article is published in German in the reader 'Widerstand is Fruchtbar' by the Aktionsbündniss Globale Landwirtschaft zum G8 Gipfel 2007. The text is based on the BUND study “Fleischfabriken boomen – Umweltstandards sinken. Der Boom der Massentierhaltung in Deutschland und seine Folgen fuer die Umwelt”

The production of pork in the EU is increasing rapidly. But while 21,3 million tons are being produced, only 19,7 million tons are being consumed. This translates into an overproduction of almost 10 percent. In order to export this, there are about 200 million Euros in export subsidies for pork in the EU budget. This expresses and proves the power of the Agro-lobby in Brussels and Berlin.
The globalised pig is the main victim of the Agro lobby's attempts to dominate the world market.

Pigs and chickens – how animal breeding gets dominated by the biotech-business
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ImageWith stock-breeding there are animals and feed that those animals are supposed to eat so humans will be able to consume the meat, milk or the egg. This is in general a not very efficient way of producing food, but this is how it has been done for many millenniums. The scale of this process is increasing ever more and on the A SEED website you can find a lot of information about the problems that result from this.

But the developments continue: now there is the Monsanto pig™ that is eating Monsanto feed™. And also The Netherlands is participating with enthusiasm; Hendrix Genetics is one of the world leading companies when it comes to hybrid chicken, pigs and turkeys.

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