farmers' rights

Barnaby Joyce’s Pilliga purchase puzzles many

The land around Gwabegar, in north-western NSW, is not known for its fertile soil. Locals call it “mongrel” or “heartbreak” country.

Fairfax Media quoted a farmer from nearby saying: “This is scalded country. It could not support the number of animals that would be needed to make a return on investment.”

If the Pilliga scrub is not much good for farming, why did Barnaby Joyce, the National Party Senator now standing for the seat of New England, and his wife Natalie pay $572,000 for two blocks of land there in the space of 18 months between 2006 and 2008?

13,000 people tell O’Farrell to ban CSG in catchments

Hundreds of people campaigning against coal seam gas (CSG) mining delivered a petition, signed by more than 13,000 people, to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell on August 21.

The NSW-wide petition, initiated by Stop CSG Illawarra, calls on the government to: "Ban all coal seam gas prospecting and mining in New South Wales drinking water catchment areas".

Stop CSG Illawarra spokesperson Jess Moore said at the rally: "We want the land in NSW that supplies our drinking water protected.

March Against Monsanto Perth

Organised by We Say No To GMOs and FOODwatch
We are marching for:
The right to plant and collect our own seeds.
GM labelling on all GM derived food and the basic right to know what's in our food.
A halt to ALL GM food approvals both imports and local grown GM crops.
A stop to GM contamination.
Farmer protection legislation.
Sustainable GM-free agriculture and protection of biodiversity.
A stop to public funding of GM crops.
Transparency and accountability.
Saying NO to being ruled by Corporations and not being a part of the democratic political process.

Event date: 
Sat, 12/10/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Event time: 
Sat, 12/10/2013 - 1:30pm

March against Monsanto: World Food Day

March against Genetically Modified Organisms and the most high profile company that promotes them.

Parliament House, Harvest Terrace, West Perth

Organised by We Say No To GMOs and FOODwatch

Event date: 
Sat, 12/10/2013 - 1:30pm
Event time: 
Sat, 12/10/2013 - 1:30pm

Billion-dollar liars: Mining industry ads exposed

It's just about impossible to watch a commercial TV channel anywhere in Australia without being assaulted by slick mining company ads telling us how good they supposedly are for the community. Incredible amounts of money are being spent on these brainwashing campaigns.

One set of these advertisements more specifically targets communities that are resisting the onslaught of the coal seam gas (CSG) miners, particularly in precious water catchment areas and prime food producing regions. These ads are often more targeted in their messaging, but they have been caught out lying.

Peru: Fresh protests against Conga mega-mine break out

The Conga gold and copper mining project is becoming one of Latin America’s most significant environmental battlefronts. It is pitting almost the entire population of the northern Cajamarca region of Peru against the invasive forces of the multinational mining industry and its governmental puppets in Lima.

In recent years, there have been many strikes and protests. This has led to hundreds of arrests, scores of injuries and several protester deaths.

Time to stand up to Monsanto

It is time for us to rise up and reclaim our power. As citizens of the world, as people of this planet.

If we want a fair, just, harmonious, equitable, peaceful world, we need to create it.

We need to take action. Show our politicians we care about our planet and the destruction being wreaked on it by unaccountable, tax-avoiding, profit-driven corporations who are polluting and poisoning the planet for profit.

If we analyse the genetically modified (GM) industry's “humanitarian” claims, we see they are nonsense. They trot out the line that GM food will solve the world's hunger.

US gov't backs Monsanto's threat to global food supply

After a big win in the Supreme Court on May 13, biotech firm Monsanto Company has more or less solidified its control of the United States' food supply.

Monsanto’s patented genetically modified (GM) seeds comprise about 90% of the US seed market, driving conventional seeds to near extinction. Now, the company has set its sights on the rest of the world.

How to green Australia’s food system

This is an edited version of the Socialist Alliance’s agriculture policy adopted in May. The full version can be read at socialist-alliance.org.

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There are approximately 134,000 farm businesses in Australia, 99% of which are family owned and operated, and as of 2010-11 they employ only 307,000 people to manage 417.3 million hectares of land, including the 46.3% of Australia that is marginal land.

Any sustainable and justice-oriented agricultural practice needs to place Aboriginal self-determination, empowerment and participation as its framework.

LA social movements map solidarity with ALBA alliance

An important summit of global significance, held in Brazil May 16-20, has largely passed below the radar of most media outlets, including many left and progressive sources.

This summit was not the usual type, involving heads of states and business leaders.

Instead, it was a gathering of social movement representatives from across Latin America and the Caribbean -- the site of some of the most intense struggles and popular rebellions of the past few decades.

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