“If you like greenwashing clap your hands”, sang dozens of activists on the opening day of Solutions COP21, the hotspot for industry presenting false solutions for climate change, at the prestigious Grand Palais in Paris. Today, we were clapping our hands once more, at an event promoting ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’ … verder lezen
On December 9 an action took place at the headquarters of Danone (a large French agribusiness, well known for its dairy products and bottled waters like Evian) in Paris. A red line was painted in front of the building on the pavement and some windows also received a splash of … verder lezen
This is a text about climate change and agriculture. As you are probably well aware, government delegates from across the world are now in Paris talking about climate change. ASEED, as part of the climate justice movement, finds it absolutely necessary to include agriculture in the climate discussion. To start … verder lezen
A SEED 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 pesticide use, … verder lezen
In June 2004 the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released a report about the soy production called: 'Managing the Soy Boom: Two scenarios of soy production expansion in South America. The reports' main conclusion is that the expanding soybean cultivation is threatening to destroy nearly 22 million hectares of forests and savanna in South America by 2020. The report warns that the demand for soy is expected to increase by 60% in the next 20 years, which could lead to the loss of approximately 16 million hectares of savannas and 6 million hectares of tropical forests in the region. Soy exports from South America are boosted by a high demand in the European Union and China, where the crop is mainly used to feed pigs, chickens and cattle.
The following letter was written following a meeting in Amsterdam with the CAO, Compliance Advisory Ombudsman of the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the part of the World Bank giving loans to the private sector. Following complaints on a second loan being granted to Amaggi, the biggest monoculture soy exporter and producer, in Brazil in 2004, IFC's CAO produced an audit. In this audit they state for example that the categorisation of the project as category B, which is a project with low risk, was not fully justified unless some conditions were met, as adequately assuring itself of whether or not the Environmental and Social Management System would afford an appropriate level of environmental and social protection. This audit, together with lots of criticism by civil society organisations should be a clear signal for the IFC that investing in large scale monocultures in Brazil and Latin America, is unacceptable and in no way meeting the so called commitment of the World Bank Group to “improve land use management and support environmentally-sound economic activity and infrastructure, especially in the poorest areas of the Amazon and in areas of serious or anticipated land use conflict”.
From Asuncion – Paraguay- An Maeyens, A SEED Europe, 20th of August, 2006
In Paraguay, the expansion of monocultures like soy leads to an agricultural model in which peasants have no stand. The soy production model is an export-orientated agro-industrial model that generates wealth for a few and poverty for many. Almost half of the population in Paraguay consists of farmers, peasants and indigenous, while land concentration in terms of the percentage of land that is in the hands of large landholders, is one of the highest of the world. The lack of access to land causes poverty, malnutrition, social marginalisation, rural unemployment and the migration of hundreds of families. For this reason, land reform is one of the most important challenges that the country faces. Since July 2006 the MCNOC (National coordination platform of peasant organizations) reintensified their campaign for integral land reform. In response, communities have been violently repressed by militaries and police forces. Thousands of families are currently living under threat.
The Development Model for Soy in Paraguay- Irresponsible, Unsustainable and Anti-Democratic.
The role of large scale soy production in the destruction of land, water, communities and ecosystems in Paraguay.
Indigenous Peoples’ and peasant Farmers' organisations, community associations and other civil society groups in Paraguay who are signatories to this Declaration categorically reject the raw material export development model which has been condemned worldwide because of the environmental devastation it causes.
In particular, we reject large scale soy production which uses massive amounts of agro-chemicals, pesticides and genetically modified organisms, plunders our natural and cultural heritage, excludes and evicts communities from their land, concentrates power and decision-making about our national economy into the hands of a few, and thus undermines the sovereignty of our nation and its peoples and communities.