Food Sovereignty in Europe Now!
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Declaration of Nyeleni Europe 2011: European Forum for Food Sovereignty

Krems, August 21st – Europe’s people are now experiencing the first structural adjustment policies which governments are imposing on their populations that until now have been imposed on peoples in other regions in particular the Global South; this with the sole interest of saving capitalism and those who benefit from it (private banks, investment groups and transnational corporations). All signs are that in the near future these antisocial policies will become more severe and extensive. The first general mobilizations to denounce the economic and governance systems which have brought us to this point have begun and we offer – creatively and energetically – the response of European social movements to confront the model of global agriculture which is the exact reflection of the capitalist system that created it.
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Food Sovereignty, food in your own hands
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This article is only available in Dutch. (If you want you can help us translating articles)

Voedselsoevereiniteit, voedsel in eigen hand

Hier volgt een artikel over voedselsoevereiniteit dat in februari 2011 is verschenen in de Buiten de Orde, het blad van de Vrije Bond. Op een aantal punten is de tekst geactualiseerd.

Eten is een eerste levensbehoefte en iedereen is daar dagelijks mee bezig. In Nederland is nog maar een klein percentage van de bevolking werkzaam in de landbouw, maar wereldwijd gaat het om  miljarden mensen. Zij zijn afhankelijk van de verkoop en consumptie van de voedselgewassen die ze op eigen stukje grond hebben geproduceerd. Maar hun positie wordt bedreigd.
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SEEDmail #19 – December 2011 / January 2012
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2012: Year of Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment and Diversity. (English version below)

ASEED heeft uw financiële steun harder nodig dan ooit: Schenk gul!

Beste vrienden,

We vragen niet snel rechtstreeks om financiële steun, maar het zal niemand verbazen dat wij, net als vele andere initiatieven op activistisch, cultureel of sociaal gebied, steeds meer moeite hebben om voldoende geld te vinden om onze organisatie en activiteiten te kunnen voortzetten. Uw hulp steunt de strijd voor het milieu en voor sociale rechtvaardigheid.
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SEEDmail #18 – December 2011
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Hello – new SEEDmail –  hasty greetings and see you soon:

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“Breeding grounds for action”, report of the agro camp 2011
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From 2 to 4 May 2011 ASEED organised three days of camping at the farm GAOS in the Flevopolder (NL). With workshops, discussions and action around biotech, bio-industry and alternatives to industrial … verder lezen

Report Action days for Seed Sovereignty in Brussels
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Brussels 17/18 april 2011 – International Days of Action for Seed Sovereignty: The annual International Day of Peasant Resistance was celebrated this year with a European wide seed swap fair in a Brussels community centre. Over thirty seed initiatives from ten different countries offered agricultural seeds of old and traditional food crops. This ancient farmers tradition of exchanging seeds had been almost forgotten in the industrial age, but has been revivied in dozens of regional and national seed swap events. This fair was the first where seeds from all over Europe were swapped. “Fairs like these contribute greatly to agricultural diversity” says Jürgen Holzapfel a farmer who specialises in growing rare species of grain, and co-organiser of the event.

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SEEDmail #9 – November 2009
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While things are heating up towards the COP 15, ASEED’s goal is to draw attention to climate pollution caused by industrial agriculture and the food system. Joining the international Climate Justice Action network we are now mobilising Dutch protesters to come to Copenhagen. A series of eight climate agro-info events around The Netherlands is coming to a close, and the Copenhagen Agriculture Action Day on December 15th is taking shape.
Meanwhile the official Dutch/EU GMO conference on November 25 is in desperate need of some sensible ASEED input…..
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Change the Food System, not the Climate!
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Resistance is Ripe! Local production for local consumption

Call to the Climate Agriculture Action Day December 15th, 2009

As scientific predictions of climate catastrophe continue to grow, world leaders gather in Copenhagen on 7-18 December 2009 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – and the world waits for action. The people are ready to change the world in order to save it –  but so far government solutions have revolved around setting up market mechanisms to avoid making real changes – and the climate crisis continues to grow.… verder lezen

Soy expansion triggers more violence in Paraguay
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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.

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Get active / Vacancies
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Vacancy: Fundraising Activities Coordinator (unpaid position) ASEED is looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic fundraising activities coordinator to be at the center of our on-the-ground public fundraising activities. While there are some … verder lezen

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