– Toxic Soy Sticker Action
– Reclaim the Seeds Seed Exchange market announcement
– Documentary from farmer to farmer
– Call out Agriculture Action Camp 2012
– Reclaim the Fields Netherlands
– Versvoko report
– European Agricultural Forum Nyeleni report
– Guus Geurts hungerstrike Climate Action
– Nijmegen GMO-free community!
– Support ASEED
TOXIC SOY STICKER ACTIONS get attention
Since the first sale of RTRS certificates on June 6th, almost 500,000 tons of certified soy beans have been imported in the EU (of a total 3.4 million tons of soy beans in 2010, 1.8 tons for animal fodder) according to the RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) website. Members can buy RTRS credits to stimulate more producers to grow ‘Responsible’. Amongst others, Unilver, Ahold, Friesland Campina and Vion (slaughterhouse) have purchased certificates. Ahold states that they purchase sustainable soy beans via the RTRS. ASEED finds that Ahold only colours a green edge to its non-organic meat, dairy products and eggs, where most soy is used for, without really reaching a sustainable change. RTRS soy is not justified, because it continues to lead to deforestation, large-scale use of pesticide and forcing people from their land. ASEED will therefore continue informing the consumer about this deception. In the period between the 17th and 23th of October, ASEED organized several sticker actions to draw attention to the problems of the RTRS label and the Round Table on Responsible Soy, which provides toxic soy with a ‘responsible’ label. ASEED wants to get Albert Heijn to stop continue to support this. Last Friday, on December the 2th, there was an action in Amsterdam at the AH Celebesstraat at 17.30.
If you want to do your own action at your local Albert Heijn contact email@example.com, we will send you the necessary tips and materials. We
have beautiful banners you can borrow. We want to hand over a petition to the supermarkets soon, if you have not signed yet, you can show your
support at: http://gifsoja.nl/Gifsoja/Actie/actie.html.
Reclaim the SEEDS – SEED EXCHANGE FAIR
On Saturday, March 10, 2012 ASEED will in collaboration with a group of young people, organize national seed swap meeting in the Netherlands. The aim is to keep seed freely available and to counteract the increasingly monopolized seeds and seedling sector by notably Monsanto and Co..
Besides the seed swap with various kinds of seeds from the Netherlands and abroad,workshops and film screenings will take place throughout the day at the surrounding locations. In the afternoon, the seed exchange will be followed by a plenary debate on seed sovereignty in the Netherlands. On Sunday, March 11th, there will be a local action to put some things into practice. Zadenruilbeurs: Great Hall, Plantage Doklaan October 1018 CM Amsterdam On March 10. More details to follow. More? firstname.lastname@example.org and soon on: www.reclaimtheseeds.nl
NEW DOCUMENTARY FROM FARMER TO FARMER
Farmer to Farmer is a new, short documentary about GM crops from a farmers perspective. Directed by Michael Heart, a common rancher from Dorset (UK), made this film in the US especially for European farmers. He encourages American farmers to talk about their experiences surrounding the cultivation of genetically modified and conventional crops. The documentary provides a sobering picture of the future of European agriculture if the agriculture industry and their friends in Wageningen, The Hague and Brussels get their way. Online with Dutch subtitles: http://vanboertotboer.tk.
ASEED wants to draw attention to this film among to Dutch farmers, and will hopefully organize screenings and debates with Dutch farmers this winter. If you want to organize a screening in your area, please contact us: email@example.com Original title: Farmer to Farmer (M. Hart, GB, 2011, 26 min) http://petespeller.com/farmer-to-farmer
AGRICULTURE Action Camp 2012 CALL OUT
During the evaluation of the previous camp, there was enthusiasm to organize a second one the following year. The theme of next year will probably be fodder and the meat industry. We expect great participation from neighbouring countries, including the international Reclaim the Fielders. We are still looking for people who want to join in the organizational process and a good location which will be suitable for the activities surrounding the theme. ASEED wants to facilitate the camp but the camp can only proceed if more people get involved in the organization from the beginning. Partly because we have limited time and partly because we think that this should not be exclusively an ASEED activity, but a camp of an agricultural action movement like Reclaim the Fields Netherlands. In any case, it is time for a first meeting. If you are interested to join, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can pick a date together. Remarks and feedback concerning the agricultural past action camp can also be sent to us via this email address.
COME AND JOIN: Reclaim the FIELDS NETHERLANDS
To start with: there is a new email list for anyone in the Netherlands who is engaged in agricultural operations. This can be either the opposition to polluting/dirty practices and companies, or the realization of own alternative ways, or both. It is important that people are aware and involved in both sides so hopefully both sides will be well represented on this list. Furthermore, this is a continuation of the general idea of Reclaim the Fields: “Reclaim the Fields is a constellation of young collective projects and people willing to go back to the country and re assume control over the food production. We Are Determined to create alternatives to capitalism through cooperative, collective, autonomous, real needs oriented small scale production and initiatives, putting theory into practice and linking practical local action with global political struggles. “See www.reclaimthefields.org. The address the list is <email@example.com> (Flemish and others are more than welcome, despite the name rtf Netherlands, not meant to be nationalistic in any way..). This initiative was taken by ASEED, but our goal / hope is to create an agricultural action movement a la Reclaim the Fields which is not tied to one single organization. This list hopefully makes a start. Let us know if you want to help with the moderation of the list. During the agriculture action camp a number of people have indicated to want to be part of this list. If you are not on it, you can still subscribe. Do not miss reports of relevant activities or other interesting (public) plans and please send additions and remarks to the new email list: firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you are already on it, send a mail to email@example.com.) Topics may include urban gardening, food cooperatives, actions against GMO, campaigns against mass pig stables or other topics related to agriculture and actions.
HUNGER CLIMATE ACTION
Support for the hungerstrike for Food Sovereignty and Climate Justice from Guus Geurts. Next fasting day is the 14 December.
REPORT OCTOBER 8 VERSVOKO-UITWISSELINGSDAG
A second VersVoko-exchange day took place on October 8th this year during the Week of Taste in the capital of taste, Groningen. During this day mainly information was exchanged between existing members of VersVoko’s (VersVoko Groningen, the Koppelpoort Food Collective (Amersfoort), The Fresh Group Vokomokum and VersVoko of the Pipe, the last two from Amsterdam). Also, information was given to a duo that wants to start a new VersVoko in Kampen. The various existing VersVoko are different in size and approach, the food Kollektief Koppelpoort has only started this summer but already consists of over 70 members with 16 suppliers, while VersVoko Groningen has one supplier and orders by approximately 17 people at a time.
A number of best practices that can be extracted from the meeting: To find people to start a VersVoko or to increase its members, it works best to have a stall on for example a local (sustainability) market or to post an ad or message in a local newspaper. A good method to get things going is to organise a meeting with the aim of gathering people who are enthusiastic and want to join in the action. People who are interested to join will have an opportunity to get to know each other, and also to know what their task within the VersVoko will be, since VersVoko is running by its members / participants. Once the VersVoko is running it is good to divide tasks to teams, such as ordering, collecting, or paying the supplier, and further subdivide them within the teams so they can run independently. A team that keeps an overview on current issues and alarming others about problems can be useful. This does not mean this team has solutions for all teams, but it can help to keep the whole together. Getting to know each other better, within the VersVoko and within the teams, is also important to ensure solidarity and the value of ordering through a VersVoko. Eating together or some other activity outside the VersVoko can contribute to this. One question still remains open: What is the legal status of a VersVoko? A third party has been trying to figure this out for some time now, but it still remains unclear. Once there is more clarity on this, the info will be shared.
THE FORUM ON FOOD SOVEREIGNTY NYELENI EUROPE
From 16th to the 21th of August the first European forum on food sovereignty took place in the Austrian city Krems. More than 400 participants from 34 countries, including two representatives of ASEED, took part in the discussion about problems of current agricultural practices and potential agricultural solutions. In essence, food sovereignty is about the possibility of the individual to choose what food to eat and to produce and how it will be distributed. This can be either small scale like a village or community or a region or on larger scale like a whole country. The concept of food sovereignty includes a critical analysis of neoliberal policies and offers a totally different vision to the current production of food. The meeting in Krems resulted in a critical statement that the movement of food sovereignty in Europe is in any case a clearly progressive movement and holdds an anti-capitalistic position. Informal talks and discussions were especially useful. The participants from the Netherlands (and Belgium) were in any case also planning to work on a local movement for food sovereignty. Various reports and statements are can be found at:
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