Common Ground in Bulgaria

In July 2004 an international meeting on food and farming took place in
Bulgaria. The aim of this event was to network,
inspire, share experiences, be challenged and find a ‘common ground’
amongst environmentalists, farmers and activists from across Europe.
And we succeded in this quite well. Read more in the report on this
site about the meeting and the action we did in Plovdiv to get
attention for the dangers with the new Bulgarian law on GMOs.

Food Sovereignty

sovereignty is the
peoples’, Countries’ or State Unions’ RIGHT to define their
agricultural and food policy, without any dumping vis-à-vis
third countries. Below you finda text from the small farmers and
peasants network Via Campesina explaning what food sovereignty means
and why it is so crusial a sustainable development.

Jona and Chikito – An Apple and a Banana as environmental education

ImageA SEED has published a new booklet. One that gives attention to organic fruit. “Jona and Chikito” tells the story about an apple and a banana and the places they come from.
A Dutch apple and a Mexican banana meet each other very unexpectedly. At first they are frightened, but they quickly discover that they've both just had a very long and tiring journey. Why did they travel so far and what all has happened to them?
This story takes a look at industrialised agriculture and is appropriate for both young and older children.

Millions of Eucalyptus seedlings destroyed on Womens Day

On the 8th of March 2006, International Womans day, 2,000 women, members
of the ‘Via Campesina’, destroyed more than 1 million seedlings in a
tree nursery belonging to Aracruz Celulose in Brazil. The Nursery is located in
Barra de Ribeiro, in the most southern state Rio Grande do Sul.
One of the national coordinators of the MST, Cristiane Gomes, affirmed
that this protest was aimed against the use of land for eucalyptus
plantations, land that according to Via Campesina should be used for
the needed land reform and food production. According to
Christiane, Aracruz is planting about 50 new hectares each day in Rio
Grande do Sul, and creates only 1 job per 185 hectares.

Police violence against the Tupinikim and Guarani in Brazil

On 20 January 2005, three delegates and 120 Federal Policemen from the Command for Tactical Operations carried out a war operation to take the Tupinikim and Guarani indigenous peoples in Espirito Santo state (Brazil) out of the 11,009 hectares of lands they had taken back peacefully in May 2005. Aracruz Celulose controlled these lands for almost 40 years. The police action was based on a decision on 7 December 2005 regarding this case by Federal Judge Rogério Moreira Alves from Linhares, in favour of the Aracruz company.

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