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Rejection of 3th RoundTable on Responsible Soy

A SEED Europe has often been publishing articles about the negative impact of soy-production. Our most used arguments in one line; Forest and savannah is transferred in to enormous monoculture soy-fields and peasants and indigenous people loose their land and livelihood, often in a violent way. While this bean is mainly produced for animal feed for the western meat consumption. Recently a new dangerous market appears; agrofuels. Although almost everybody agrees that it is not Imageefficient to use soy for this, the large main producers and governments in producing countries have another opinion.

Read more about the social and ecological impact of soy production:

The main companies involved in the production, transport, trade and processing of the soy have read all the critics on the large scale production of this crop as well. They see the danger of a bad reputation and protest on the fields and are now trying to do something to improve their image and secure they business. This is not unexpected. What is more surprising is the behaviour of some big development and nature conservation organisations like Solidaridad and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The last one is the initiator of the RoundTable on Responsible Soy. a series of meetings  with participants of some western NGOs and most companies involved in the soy business. This is supposed to result in some voluntary production criteria. From the beginning it has been clear that the volume of the soy production would not be criticised nor limited. Where as the occupation of so many square kilometres by soy is one of the main aspects causing the problems. ImageAnd there are more major problems which will most likely not be solved by the criteria. From the beginning companies have been using this process to improve their image: “See how we are working on a responsible production!”. This is called Greenwashing. In the meantime this process is stopping any real, binding regulation that can hurt the companies. For this reason almost all organisations of peasants in the soy-producing countries have refused to become part of this show.

read more about the RoundTable on Responsible Soy:

A third international round-table meeting will take place on April 23-24 2008 in Buenos Aires. In Argentina, possibly the country were the peasants and other poor people suffered most from land conflicts, pesticide use and the disappearance of a local and diverse food production. So for sure also this time there will be prostest in front of the conference centre.
As the start of the protests several organisation from Latin America and Europe took the initiative to write a statement that explains the arguments against this 3rd Roundtable on ‘Responsible Soy’ (RTRS) and firmly rejects this process.
The goal is that as many as possible organisations sign the statement before April 20, two days before the roundtable starts in Buenos Aires. ImageWe are confident that this letter will influence policy makers, consumers and public opinion around the world. At this moment (March 18 2008) the text has already been supported by 40 social organisations in South America and Europe. See the list at the bottom of this page. If your organisation isn’t there yet please send your support to: stoprtrs@gmail.com

For further information on other sites:

Regional contact persons:

  • Argentina: rtierra@infovia.com.ar, Tel. +54 220 4773 545, info@chaya.com.ar
  • Paraguay: javierarulli@yahoo.com, Tel.+59521 451217
  • The Netherlands: nina@corporateeurope.org, Tel. +31-20-6127023, an@aseed.net
  • Denmark: stella.semino@mail.dk, Tel. + 4546325328


 

Statement – March 2008


For the third time we reject the fallacy of responsible soy social justice, indigenous and rural organisations and urban movements of Argentina, Latin America and other continents reject the ‘Third Roundtable on Responsible Soy‘ to be held on April 23 and 24 at the Hilton Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Agribusiness is responsible for the devastation of our soils, deforestation, contamination of rivers and aquifers, biodiversity loss, and the plunder of the natural and cultural heritage which once supported our communities. The expansion of soy-bean monoculture threatens the territorial, cultural and food sovereignty of countries as well as the rights of the Indigenous and rural communities. Soy agribusiness excludes, impoverishes and weakens the population. This industrial agricultural model violates economic, social, cultural and environmental rights and, as it expands, its destructive methods of operation wipe out everything in its path, resulting in rural migration, marginalisation of rural populations, and ultimately the criminalisation of the poor and social movements.

In spite of this, the soy agroindustry is actually expanding and becoming stronger through the growing markets for processed foods, industrial livestock farming, and the production of agrofuel crops that will purportedly ‘save us from climate change’. The reality is that the hidrovias (waterways) which are part of IIRSA (1) are expanding, new rail networks are appearing, more GM crops are being grown and more pesticides and machinery is being imported to speed up the land clearing process.

Agribusiness expands more and more, and many European Governments respond to criticisms and complaints about the current situation in our countries by blindly and naively trusting World Wildlife Funds  Round Tables for Sustainable Business. We are dismayed that they are following it as being successful examples, specifically towards the creation of new legal criteria for the sustainable production of biofuels (2). By doing this the EU Governments will fall into the trap of corporate greenwashing.

Social movements from the North and the South reject outright all attempts by corporations and NGOs to mobilize public opinion in support of their notion of sustainable or responsible GM soy monoculture (3). We disapprove of the projects of corporate social responsibility (CSR) that, through roundtable dialogues and voluntary measures, attempt to cover up the crimes committed by the corporations. Through CSR, corporations try to usurp the State and create private social policy making.

We resist the agribusiness model of neo-colonial domination and the way in which corporations systematically misrepresent distort many of our own social movement discourses and statements. We denounce the corporate greenwashing of the niche market of certification.

In March 2005, rural and environmental organisations from the Southern Cone, including Via Campesina from Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil came together at Foz de Iguazu to denounce the First Roundtable on Responsible Soy (4). Simultaneously, Dutch activists demonstrated outside the headquarters of the fodder industry PROVIMI in the harbour of Rotterdam (5). In 2006, the Paraguayan social movements, urban and rural organisations, demonstrated against the Second Roundtable on Sustainable Soy which took place in Asunción. Recently Via Campesina Paraguay rejected publicly an attempt to involve them without their consent in the greenwash of Responsible Soy (6).

Due to all that is stated above, we reject once again the corporate project led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and including the soy agribusiness groups AAPRESID (7) from Argentina, ABIOVE (8), MAGGI and APROSOJA from Brazil, DAP from Paraguay, Bunge and Cargill from the United States, the ABN-AMRO Bank from The Netherlands, and the NGOs, FUNDAPAZ from Argentina, GUYRA (Birdlife) from Paraguay, Solidaridad from The Netherlands, amongst others.

We ratify once again our commitment to a united struggle for the Food Sovereignty of our people and to confront any attempted misinformation and seducement from the agribusiness. We demand the liberation of our territories from these criminal agribusiness companies and justice for all the victims of soy agribusiness!

Where there are monocultures there can’t be sustainability!
Where there is agribusiness, campesinos cannot live!

notes:

1) Integration of Regional Structural Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) is constructing a 4200km-long industrial waterway from Bolivia to Uruguay for the export of primary materials including soya. Road and rail networks are planned to feed goods into this system. This will impact extensively on the natural areas, the indigenous and other communities in its path.

2) This is confirmed by the new participants in the Roundtable: Shell International; BP International LtD; Carrefour Brasil; Greenergy International; Glencore Grain B.V.; Neste Oil; COOP; ED&F Man France; US Soybean Export Council; Wheb Biofuels; Cert ID Certificadora LTDA; Royal Dutch Grain and Feed Trade Association http://www.responsiblesoy.org/eng/index.htm

3) Open Letter to Support the Iguazú Counter Conference: No Greenwash for the soy industry!
28 February 2005. A SEED, XminY http://prod.biotech.indymedia.org/es/topic/soy2005/archive.shtml

4) Counterconference of Iguazu. 16-18 /03/ 2008. http://www.grr.org.ar/iguazu/

5) Direct action in Provimi – animal feed company: “No Soy for Factory Farming!” The Netherlands, March 16 2005. Organised by A SEED. http://prod.biotech.indymedia.org/es/2005/03/4101.shtml

6) 28 February 2008. Declaration by Via Campesina Paraguay against the Roundtable for Sustainable Soy

7) AAPRESID started in 1988 with funds of Monsanto http://www.cababstractsplus.org/fts/Uploads/PDF/20023109946.pdf and http://www.aapresid.org.ar/

8) Abiove represents 17 oil companies, amongst them group andre Maggi, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus and Incopa.


The list with organisations that signed so far (8-4-2008):

A. ORGANISATIONS

1. Agrupacion ecologica Jose “Chico” Mendes mlg3934@yahoo.com.mx
2. Agrupacion Estudiantil Martin Fierro-Argentina-  victormanuelmarino@gmail.com
3. Agrupación Soberanía Popular (Argentina) amzi@ciudad.com.ar
4. Amis de la Terre France helene.gassie@wanadoo.fr
5. Anthra INDIA-  sagari.ramdas@gmail.com
6. APDH- Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos- Delegación Bariloche, Argentina, juliograce@ciudad.com.ar
7. APROMAC – Associação de Proteção ao Meio Ambiente de Cianorte – estado do Paraná, Brasil zu.terra@terra.com.br
8. ASAGRAPA- Asociación de Agricultores de Alto Paraná, Paraguay, asagrapa@yahoo.com
9. Asamblea Comarcal contra el Saqueo, Argentina, casiopea@elbolson.com
10. Asamblea Coordinadora Patagonica contra el Saqueo y la Contaminación luisclaps@gmail.com
11. Assemblea Pagesa de Catalunya (The Catalonian Farmers Association) info@assembleapagesa.cat
12. ASC- Alianza Social Continental- Cono Sur, Cono Sur, ortega@baseis.org.py
13. A SEED Europe – Action for Solidarity, Environment, Equity and Diversity, Nederland, an@aseed.net
14. ASK- Arbeitsgruppe Schweiz-Kolumbien (Grupo de Trabajo Suiza Colombia), Suiza, stephansuhner@gmx.ch
15. Asociacion Ambientalista GUERREROS VERDES A.C Mexico kahnela@hotmail.com
16. Asociacioncivil vida-Argentina- asociacion_civil_vida@yahoo.com.ar
17. Asociación Ecológica de Lanas, Argentina, elcheviveenbenru@hotmail.com
18. Asociación Ecologista Piuke, Argentina, ecopiuke@bariloche.com.ar
19. Asociación San Francisco de Asís. Provincia de Buenos Aires  asociacionsanfranciscodeasis@telpin.com.ar
20. ATTAC – ARGENTINA  mesaludas@yahoo.com.ar
21. Base Investigaciones Sociales, Paraguay, javierarulli@yahoo.com
22. Biofuelwatch, Gran Bretaña, almuth@ernsting.wanadoo.co.uk
23. CAPOMA- Centro de Accion Popular Olga Marquez de Aredez, Argentina, oscarlaumonte@yahoo.com.ar
24. Carbon trade watch, Netherlands, tamra@tni.org
25. Centre de recerca e informació en consum (CRIC) Barcelona alvarop@pangea.org
26. Centro de Investigación y Formación de los Movimientos Sociales Latinoamericanos, Argentina, claudia.korol@gmail.com
27. Centro De Referência Do Movimento Da Cidadania Pelas Águas Florestas E Montanhas Iguassu Itereis.Lourencinho@Uol.Com.Br
28. Centro de Estudios sobre Tecnologías Apropiadas de la Argentina javierrapal@yahoo.com.ar
29. CEO – Corporate Europe Observatory, Nederland, nina@corporateeurope.org
30. CEPPAS – CIAP Argentina soledad@ceppas.org
31. CEPRONAT- Centro de Protección de la Naturaleza, Argentina, cpronat@yahoo.com.ar
32. Chaya Colectivo de Comunicación Cooperativa, Argentina, info@chayar.com.ar
33. Chacabuco sustentable Argentina- santiagomuhape@hotmail.com
34. CNOCIP- Central Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas, Indígenas y Populares, Paraguay, cnocip@quanta.com.py
35. COAS-Consejeros en Agricultura Sostenible, Brasil, juquira@cpovo.net
36. CODES (Comunidad y Desarrollo Sustentable) Paraguay ongcodes@codes.org.py
37. COECOCEIBA-Amigos de la Tierra Costa Rica gavitza@racsa.co.cr
38. COLECTIVO DE COLOMBIANOS REFUGIADOS EN ASTURIAS “Luciano Romero Molina” javier.o@telecable.es
39. Coletivo de Mulheres Trabaladorasa Rurais do Estado Maranhão (CMTR-MA) nataliasorny@ig.com.br
40. CONAMURI- Coordinadora Nacional de Mujeres Trabajadores Rurales e Indígenas-Vía Campesina, Paraguay, conamuri@rieder.net.py
41. Dritte-Welt-Kreis Panama e.V. Germany panamapaul@t-online.de
42. Earthlife Africa eThekwini, Cape Town and Johannesburg branches in South Africa black@ispace.co.z
43. Ecologistas en Acción, España, agroecologia@ecologistasenaccion.org
44. ECO Consumers Ethiopia gbirega@gmail.com
45. Ecoportal, Argentina nabad@ecoportal.net
46. EcoSalud-Tucumán-Argentina  saludeco@hotmail.com
47. Eco Sitio de Villa María, prov. de Córdoba comunica@eco-sitio.com.ar
48. Edmonds Institute-EEUU- beb@igc.org
49. Ekologistak Martxan-Spain- mantxo@yahoo.com
50. Equipo de Educación Popular- Pañuelos en Rebeldía,  Argentina, claudia.korol@gmail.com
51. fair-fish, Switzerland  hps@fair-fish.ch
52. Focus on the Global South (Thailand, India, Philippines) n.bullard@focusweb.org
53. FDCL – Centro de Investigación y Documentación Chile-América Latina,Alemania, info@fdcl-berlin.de
54. FM ALAS, Argentina, alas@elbolson.com
55. Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policyeholtgim@foodfirst.org
56. Foro por la Salud y el Medio Ambiente de Vicente López rmarcer@ciudad.com.ar
57. Fundación Uñopatún-Carmen de Patagones-  unopatun@rnonline.com.ar
58. Fundación BIOS, Argentina, silvanabujan@yahoo.com.ar
59. Fundacion Ecologica FECOTUR, Ecuador, jhidalgo_50@yahoo.com
60. Fundación Juquira Candiru, Brasil, juquira@cpovo.net
61. Fundación Uñopatún, Argentina, unopatun@rnonline.com.ar
62. Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine, Germany info@delphinschutz.org
63. Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (Society for Threatened Peoples) Germany k.veigt@gfbv.de
64. Global Justice Ecology Project rsmolker@uvm.edu
65. GLOBAL 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria jens@global2000.at
66. Grain, Argentina, carlos@grain.org
67. Grant Rahme, grantunit@vodamail.co.za
68. Grassroots International U.S. info@grassrootsonline.org <info@grassrootsonline.org>
69. Grupo de Reflexion Rural, contacto@grr.org.ar
70. Grupo López Jordán Mesa Directiva Provincial-Entre Ríos  fpventrerios@hotmail.com
71. Grupo Mamangava, Brasil, defesa@defesabiogaucha.org
72. Grupo Motim De Teatro, Cariacica-Es-Brasilanarkiisto@anarkopagina.org>
73. Iterei- Refúgio Particular De Animais Nativos -Brasil- s.lourencinho@uol.com.br
74. Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V., Germany, a.heyd@komitee.de
75. La Red de Educadores Ambientales de la Argentina
76. Lasojamata, an@aseed.net
77. Maderas Del Pueblo Del Sureste,Ac “La Victoria Será Nuestra” Chiapas Mexico,  m_a_zules@hotmail.com
78. MAP-Movimiento Agrario y Popular, Paraguay, agrariopopular@yahoo.es
79. Makondos, Spain, makon_2@yahoo.es
80. Mesa de Trabajo Fiske Menuco, Argentina, mesadetrabajo_fiskemenuco@yahoo.com.ar
81. Movimiento Antinuclear del Chubut (MACH) pablolada@yahoo.com
82. Movimiento de Mujeres en Lucha, Argentina, mujlucha@latinmail.com
83. Munlochy Vigil, Gran Bretaña, jacko@roskill.fsnet.co.uk
84. NOAH -Amigos de la Tierra, Dinamarca, bente@noah.dk
85. Observatorio de Conflictividad Social y Laboratorio de Comunicación, Agite Después de Usar Argentina  agite@riseup.net
86. Ökumenischer Arbeitskreis “Christen & Ökologie”christenundoekologie@email.de
87. Pastoral Social Alto Valle, Argentina, pastoralsocial@ciudad.com.ar
88. Pierre Nibaudeau Montmorillon France nibaudeau.pierre@wanadoo.fr
89. Plataforma Transgènics Fora alactiv@gmail.com
90. Plateforme haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (PAPDA) – Haïticamillecha@yahoo.fr
91. Proyecto de Extensión “Por una nueva economía” lafferr@speedy.com.ar
92. Proyecto Gran Simio (GAP/PGS – España), nautilusmar@yahoo.es
93. PROYECTO CULTURA Y SOLIDARIDAD. España. pcysavila@terra.es
94. Proyecto Kogaty porâ – Diócesis de San Juan Bautista”.joesilpe@hotmail.com
95. RAN-Rain Forest Action Network, USA, andrea@ran.org
96. Rapalmira, RAP-AL Colombia rapalmira@telesat.com.co
97. RAPAL Uruguay rapaluy@chasque.net
98. RECAB Asociación Red Colombiana de Agricultura biológica recabantioquia@yahoo.es
99. Revista Herramienta, Argentina  <aromero@herramienta.com.ar
100. Red y Revista Theomai, Estudios sobre Sociedad y Desarrollo, Argentina, amdimitriu@riseup.net
101. Red de Semillas “Resembrando e Intercambiando”España correo@redsemillas.info
102. Rettet den Regenwald, Alemania, info@regenwald.org
103. SA Freeze Alliance on Genetic Engineering, South Africa  safeage@mweb.co.za
104. Salva la Selva, Alemania, guadalupe@regenwald.org
105. Society for Threatened Peoples, Germany  info@gfbv.de
106. Sociedad Ecológica Regional, Argentina
107. SOLIFONDS, Suiza, mail@solifonds.ch
108. SOYA ALLIANCE, Gran Bretaña, h.paul@gn.apc.org
109. Student Trade Justice Campaign U.S. lorena@tradejusticecampaign.org>
110. Terræ Organização da Sociedade Civil- Brasil -s.lourencinho@uol.com.br
111. The Afrika-Europa Network, Netherlands Mafr.Cor@Planet.Nl
112. The Ethical Co-op and Earth Worker gwencurrie@gmail.com
113. Tierra Viva Cochabamba, Bolivia jocelijn_francois@yahoo.com.ar
114. Transnational Institute, Netherlands, tamra@tni.org
115. Unión de Asambleas Ciudadanas (UAC)
116. Veterinarios Sin Fronteras, España, ferran.garcia@veterinariossinfronteras.org
117. Wayuumunsurat, de colombia wayuumunsurat@yahoo.com
118. Xarxa de l’Observatori del Deute en la Globalització, Catalonia, Spanish State monica.vargas@odg.cat

B. NETWORKS

ARGENTINA
RENACE- Red Nacional Ecologista, http://www.renace.net, cmanessi@gigared.com

BRASIL
FASE/ES-Federação de Órgãos para Assistência Social e Educacional, fasees@terra.com.br

CANADA
Union Paysanne Canada  – jumentgrise@gmail.com

ESPAÑA
1. PLATAFORMA RURAL: (Amigos de la Tierra, Asociación Guaiaie, Cáritas Española, CIC-bata Centro de Iniciativas para la Cooperación bata, Centro de Estudios Rurales y de Agricultura Internacional (CERAI), Colectivo de Acción Solidaria (CAS), Colectivo Tierra de Campos, Confederación de Consumidores y Usuarios (CECU), Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Agricultores y Ganaderos (COAG), Ecologistas en Acción, Entrepueblos, Movimiento de Jóvenes Rurales Cristianos (MJRC), Movimiento Rural Cristiano (MRC), Red África Europa, Red de Semillas “Resembrando e Intercambiando”, Sindicato Obrero del Campo de Andalucía (SOC), Sociedad Española de Agricultura Ecológica (SEAE), Sodepaz, Universidad Rural “Paulo Freire” (U.R.P.F.), Veterinarios sin Fronteras (VsF), Xarxa de Consum Solidari).
plataforma-rural@cdrtcampos.es

2. Federación De Asociaciones De Inmigrantes Y Refugiados En Espana FERINE_jd@yahoo.es

PARAGUAY
1. Mesa Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas MCNOC – Paraguay  mcnoc@conexion.com.py
2. Asociación de ONGs del Paraguay – POJOAJU: Altervida – Atyha – Base Ecta – Base Is – Callescuela – Cadep – Ccda – Cedes / Habitat – Cde – Cectec- Ceri – Ceura – Cepag – Cird – Cpc- Cpes – c. 25 de noviembre – Cipae – Dequeni – Fe Y Alegria – Fundación Itá Enramada – Fuped – Gestión Local – Gat – Gesa – Geat – Guyra Py – Oguasu – Ideco – Mxd – Katuete – Ñemonguetara – Pci – Satoc – Sai – Seas/Ar – Sedupo – Sefem – Sepa – Serpaj-Py – Spsaj – Sobrevivencia – Ser – Sumando – Tape’a – Tekoha- Upej /Cmp – Red Rural – Roam – Cdia – Decidamos- Codehupy – Red Al Servicio De Los Pueblos Indígenas- Tekokatu – Red Juventud – Red Habitat Popular – Comunica

SOUTH AFRICA
Congress of South African Trade Unions,Western Cape, mike@cosatu.org.za

SWITSERLAND
Uniterre, syndicat paysan de La Via Campesina en Suisse v.hemmeler@uniterre.ch

LATIN AMERICA
1. Network for a GE Free Latin America, ebravo@rallt.org
2. La Red de Acción en Plaguicidas de America Latina, javierrapal@yahoo.com.ar
3. Food and Water Watch Coordinacion  para América Latina  URUGUAY fwwatch.latinamerica@gmail.com

INTERNATIONAL

World Rainforest Movement teresap@wrm.org.uy