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.

Agriculture and climate change: Real problems, false solutions
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The climate summit in Copenhagen is due and finally the enormous impact of modern agriculture on the climate is starting to become a topic in the climate talks. The solutions that the industrial agriculture and trade offer are very different to the solutions offered by sustainable farming and smallholders organisations. The Report "Agriculture and climate hange: Real problems, false solutions" from Econexus, Biofuelwatch, Grupo de Reflexion Rural and NOAH takes a closer look.

A G8 on agriculture without farmers = more hunger and poverty
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Treviso, 21 April 2009 – The first G8 on Agriculture which ended on April 20 in Cison di Valmarino produced a final declaration which not only admits its own failures in the past, but previews a future full of contradictions. The G8 will never be able to alleviate hunger in the world by making its decisions behind closed doors, in the absence of the main actors in the global debate on agriculture – the millions of peasants and family farmers, women and men, who feed the world.

Seminar about Association agreements EU and Central America, and the Right to Food
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February 5: The next round of negotiations for the association agreement between the EU and Central America will take place in January 26-30 in Brussels. Following this round FIAN-Sweden, FIAN-Nederland, Transnational Institute and XminY bring two civil society speakers working on the impact of association agreements on Human Rights.

Women occupy eucalyptus lands of Stora Enso
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The police have violently evicted the peaceful land occupation of Via Campesina women, injuring as many as 50 women. This action was taking place among other activities organised for the International Women Day on the 8th of March.

On Tuesday, 4 March, around 900 women of the Via Campesina occupied the Tarumã Farm, 2,100 hectares big, in the municipality of Rosário do Sul, at about 400 km from the state capital Porto Alegre. They arrived at the area at about 6 am and started immediately to cut down eucalyptus trees and to plant native trees seedlings.

Global Agriculture – publications made for the 2007 G8 summit in Germany
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In 2007 the Summit of the G8 (the seven most powerful western countries plus nuclear power Russia) took place in Germany. To get agriculture on the agenda the German 'Aktionsnetzwerk Globale Landwirtschaft' published a lot of background information and organised many info-events. During the summit several events and actions were organised. A SEED took part in this network.
The G8-summit is over, but the info and analysises are still very useful.

Prisoners of the Aracruz project
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Indigenous Resistance in Brazil against paper pulp producer

"We will not silence our voices, nor can we because we have a responsibility to denounce the many negative impacts that the communities suffer daily because of the activities of Aracruz, and other companies. We are testifying, denouncing and publishing information about these environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts, so that instead of legitimating and supporting the actions of the company, the Brazilian state starts to respect the rights of these populations and implement changes in the present dominant and perverse development model to which we all are submitted" – Alert Against The Green Desert Movement – 2005

This article gives background information on the pulp producing firm Aracruz Celulose S.A in Espirito Santo, Brazil. They ‘own’ thousands of hectares of eucalyptus plantations, some of which have been established illegally on the lands of indigenous communities. After years of protest these communities have decided to self-demarcate and occupy their lands and reconstruct their original villages.

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Supermarket? Super power!
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An article in Dutch about a website that monitors the dubious behaviour of supermarkets. Those chains are big and powerful and have an important say about what we eat and how our food is getting produced. Info in English you can find for example on the site of Corporate Watch.

Onpersoonlijke gangen met koopwaar, eindeloze rijen vreemdelingen en gangpaden vol verpakkingen, nepglimlachen van verveeld kassapersoneel – is er geen betere manier om aan ons voedsel te komen?

Supermarktketens oefenen een enorme macht uit over de manier waarop we ons voedsel verbouwen, kopen en consumeren. Ze bepalen ons milieu, onze gezondheid en de manier waarop we met elkaar omgaan. Deze snel toenemende invloed is nauwelijks bekritiseerd omdat consumenten de glanzende supermarktwereld ingezogen zijn met als argument dat het belangrijk zou zijn om midden in de nacht te kunnen kiezen uit zes verschillende merken spotgoedkope voorgebakken frites. Maar langzaam keert het tij misschien weer…

Union of agriculture workers in Spain is looking for support
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This article is only available in Dutch. Below you find a link to a German site as. For English please search for 'SOC', 'Ameria' and 'union'. And you can find some info here on the 'Supermacht' site.

In de tachtiger jaren heeft de anarchistische landarbeidersvakbond SOC (Sindicato de Obreros del Campo) in Andalusië (in het zuiden van Spanje) zich ingezet voor een vergaande landhervorming in deze Spaanse streek. Na de racistische rellen in El Ejido in 2000 houdt het zich vooral bezich met solidariteitswerk voor de vele migranten die in de streek Almeria in de tuinbouw werken. De afgelopen jaren hebben het Europees Burgerforum en diverse coöperaties van Longo maï geprobeerd in de rest van Europa steun te krijgen voor de strijd van het SOC. Nu, in het voorjaar van 2007 wordt de laatste hand gelegd aan een tweede vakbondslokaal voor de arbeiders van de kassen in de 'plastikzee'. Ook daar is weer financiele steun voor nodig.

3th meeting for the free use of seeds
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For the conservation of diversity of food crops and common property
May 19 and 20, 2007 in Halle/Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

text taken from the Longo Mai newsletter, edition March 2007. Not likely that you can find this report in English.

Het idee voor een bijeenkomst in Halle over de betekenis van soortenrijkdom en het gevaar dat zaad, een belangrijke bron van leven, wordt geprivatiseerd, is ontstaan door de ontmoetingen van mensen uit de Longo Maï-coöperaties Hof Ulenkrug in Duitsland, Hof Stopar in Oostenrijk en de Mas de Granier, Treynas en Grange neuve in Frankrijk met het netwerk "Reseau semences paysannes", de vereniging Kokopelli en meerdere initiatiefnemers in Oost-Europa.

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