farmers' rights

Organic farmer Steve Marsh fights the GM monster

“Steve's case is really a case about all of us,” renowned Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva said in support of organic farmer Steve Marsh.

It is about the right to “have the freedom to eat healthy, safe organic food”.

Marsh lives in Kojanup in Western Australia, and is embroiled in a landmark “David v Goliath” legal case about the effects of genetically modified (GM) crops on his farm.

Venezuela: Commune members denounce rural killings

Communes and social movements have demanded the Venezuelan government combat the assassination of rural activists in the mountains of western Venezuela, which they say is undermining communal organising in the region.

The assassinations are taking place in the mountains of the western state of Lara. In response to the latest murder of an activist in the region, a group of 21 communes and more than 20 social movements, human rights groups and community media outlets released a statement on January 18 denouncing the situation of growing insecurity in the area.

Venezuela: Land reform push in campaign for 'agrarian socialism'

The Venezuelan government plans to continue its land expropriations this year in its push to move towards what it terms “agrarian socialism”.

In the 2014 national budget, the government’s National Land Institute (INTI) sets its aim to expropriate 350,000 hectares of land this year.

This compares with the goals of 350,000 and 397,000 hectares of land the government sought to expropriate in 2012 and last year respectively. The government began to increase the pace of land expropriations in 2011.

Public Event in Support of Steve Marsh

Help this farmer stop Monsanto's GM Canola. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE PERTH TOWN HALL EVENT ON THE LINK BELOW!
Seats are limited so book early.

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/public-event-in-support-of-steve-marsh-ti...

Event date: 
Sun, 09/02/2014 - 9:30am

The Zapatista uprising: twenty years on

The tide of history sometimes surges out of the most unexpected places. Twenty years ago, the Zapatista indigenous uprising broke out in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.

Zapatismo, limiting itself to operating in Chiapas, may be an incomplete solution to the national rule of the capitalist class, but the Zapatista rising in 1994 was a big advance in Latin America’s liberation struggle.

Gold company destroys Filipino village

Australian-New Zealand mining company Oceana Gold has destroyed the isolated rural village of Didipio in the mountains of Kasibu in Nueva Vizcaya, a province of the Philippines.

Oceana Gold has operated one of six mining projects in the Philippines covered by the Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) since 1994. Fierce resistance from villagers, legal struggles and the financial problems of the company meant it was only this year that Oceana Gold was able to ship out its first 5000 tons of copper-gold concentrate.

CSG regulations do little to protect residents


Santos will drill coal seam gas wells through recharge aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin

New regulations restrict coal seam gas (CSG) companies from residential housing areas in NSW, but do little to protect the rural landscape.

Film Screening: the Future of Food

The friday after the March Against Monsanto Perth rally, join us for a viewing of the award winning documentary 'The Future of Food'

This documentary will give details to the dangers posed by Monsanto, seed monopoly and the corporate quest for genetic information patenting.

Join us for discussion afterwards on how People Power can overcome even the Monsanto's of this world!

For more information contact 9218 9608 or 0413 796 638. At the Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St East Perth (Next to McIver Train Station

Event date: 
Fri, 18/10/2013 - 6:30pm
Event time: 
Fri, 18/10/2013 - 6:30pm

How new 'free' trade deal aids Monsanto

Something is looming in the shadows that could help erode our basic rights and contaminate our food. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to become the biggest regional free-trade agreement in history, both in economic size and the ability to quietly add more countries in addition to those originally included.

As of 2011, 11 countries accounted for 30% of the world’s agricultural exports. Those countries are the US, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Recently, Japan has joined the negotiations.

Colombia: Rural poor revolt deepens against 'free trade'

Representatives of the Colombian rural poor (campesinos) began negotiations with the government on September 12, three-and-a-half weeks into an uprising against “free-trade” policies.

By blockading highways and stopping work since August 19, Colombian campesinos made a dramatic statement for a fairer economy and greater independence from the United States.

The central demand was and is the abolition of the free-trade agreements (FTAs) with the US and EU, and guaranteed minimum prices for their agricultural products.

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