farmers' rights

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.

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
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