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Dec 15 2009: Resistance is Ripe

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Together with Via Campesina and other organisations and activists, A SEED organised the Agriculture Action Day on December 15 during the UN Climate Summit. This day is part of the Climate Justice Action network.

Start Point: Islands Brygge – Havne parken by the Harbour Pool 12 o'clock (near Langebro bridge )
Metro: Islands Brygge or Christianshavns Torv – Bus: 5A, 12, 33, 250S


The extende message of the Agriculture Action Day:

ImageThe solutions being discussed by the UN Climate Conference continue to allow big energy consumers to pollute with impunity while paying others to implement projects supposed to capture carbon. They do not address the huge social and ecological depth owed by the industrialized countries to the countries of the Global South. The current food system is responsible for over 32% of the greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time the practices of agri-businesses make millions of small farmers loose their land and livelihood. It is unfair to use the benefits that small farmers provide to the environment as an excuse to keep polluting as usual.
– Climate Justice Now
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In the South forests are cut down and peasants are cleared from their lands so vast monocultures can be planted in order to produce soy, maize and palm to feed European livestock. In factory farms in Europe, overfed animals produce methane and waste, using huge amounts of energy.
– Industrial Agriculture is heating up the Earth

The key issue is the concentration of power into the hands of a few powerful profit-driven corporations which are Imagetrying to dominate the world's food production and distribution systems. This imbalance has been created  through food and agriculture policies which promote trade liberalisation and the globalisation of the food economy for the profit of the few.
– Transnational agri-businesses have no place in our future

We want to transform the current damaging and highly exploitative food system, and create a pattern Imageof food production based on the needs and rights of local communities rather than exploitation and greed.
– Food Sovereignty Now

Small scale (sustainable) farming remains the best way to combat hunger, malnutrition and the current food and climate crises, while native seeds provide the capacity to adapt to the climatic changes already upon us.
– Sustainable peasant farming cools the planet

The UNFCCC has failed to question the current economic model based on infinite growth on a finite planet – We do not expect solutions from those who created the problems in the first place.
– System change not Climate change!

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The coalition for this action day has published a statement. Your group or organisation can sign this as well.

In summer 2009 A SEED published the article "The Climate problem is a Food problem" about the link between climate change and agriculture and, more particular, the production of meat and dairy products. 

Many posters and flyers have been printed. Most of them wlll go to Copenhagen, but if you live close Amsterdam or Brussel it is also possible to take some for distribution. Contact us.

It is also possible to print, forward or publish one of the downloadable versions of the poster and flyer:

To get involved in actions or to organize an action of your own, please send an email to climate-action@aseed.net.