farmers' rights

Parramatta screening: Growing Change - Inside Venezuela's Food Revolution

Green Left Weekly proudly presents a new documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system. In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cacao plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what's possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food.
Q & A with filmmaker Simon Cunich after the screening. Entry $10/$6.
Parramatta Town Hall, Church Street Mall.

Event date: 
Mon, 28/11/2011 - 6:30pm
Phone: 
Duncan 0431 586 588

Deliver a message to the premier: Stop Coal Seam Gas!

Be there when a petition signed by more than 15,000 people from across NSW is presented to Barry O'Farrell in person! Demonstrate community opposition to CSG, help ensure the spotlight is on this debate and remind the government who they work for!
Rally at Hyde Park North Fountain (next to St James Station). Short march to State Parliament, Macquarie St, for Stop CSG speakers and 1pm handover of petitions to Premier O'Farrell.

Event date: 
Tue, 22/11/2011 - 12:00pm
Phone: 
Paul 0410 629 088, Isabel 0412 407 472, Jess 0416 232 349

Venezuela: Gov't nationalises Brit. company, takes over commercial land

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered the expropriation of the British agricultural company Agroflora.

The company is a subsidiary of Britain’s Vestey Group that focuses on the commercial production of beef.

Chavez said the company’s 290,000 hectares of farmland would be expropriated and brought under direct “operational and administrative control” of the state through the country’s Food Security and Sovereignty Law.

This law allows the government to forcefully expropriate land in “exceptional circumstances” relating to issues of national food security and the public good.

Public meeting: Rail is the Way! Trucks: No Way

The WA wheat harvest has begun, about 12 million tonnes will be transported. Transport Minister Troy Buswell has been playing games with promises to keep rail lines open.
Hear Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance coordinator Jane Fuchsbichler explain why farmers are angry. Thursday November 10, 6:30 pm, Fremantle Council Chamber. Chaired by Mayor Brad Pettitt, other speakers, Councillor Sam Wainwright, Barry Healy (Fremantle Road to Rail).
Organised by Fremantle Road to Rail. Info: 9433 6946.

Event date: 
Thu, 03/11/2011 - 4:17am - Thu, 10/11/2011 - 10:00pm
Event time: 
Thu, 10/11/2011 - 6:30pm
Phone: 
08-9433 6946

Coal seam gas on the ropes

More than 3000 people turned out on October 16 to walk across the Sea Cliff Bridge in the Illawarra in protest against coal seam gas mining plans in the area. The protest was further proof the coal seam gas (CSG) industry is in trouble. Its problem? An informed public.

The Australian said on October 10 that a survey had showed the CSG industry was “losing the PR battle”, with 63% of respondents recalling a negative media story about CSG.

Driving the bad coverage has been the large grassroots campaign against the industry.

Sydney premiere film screening: "Growing Change"

Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network and the Sydney Latin American Film Festival present a new documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system.

In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cacao plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what's possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food.

Q & A with filmmaker Simon Cunich after the screening.

Free entry, but bookings essential. Sponsored by the Venezuelan Embassy in Australia.

Event date: 
Thu, 24/11/2011 - 7:00pm
Phone: 
Fred 0412 556 527, Roberto 0425 182 994 or Lisa 0413 031 108

Q & A: Can't eat your house - Development threatens food bowl

Urban sprawl in Sydney's West is encroaching on fertile floodplains. How do we retain our food security at a time of rapid economic growth? Costa Georgiadis is MC of this event as part of Crave Sydney International Food Festival.

Panellists: Ian Sinclair, a planner with a focus on food and agriculture,Professor Phillip O’Neill of the Urban Research Centre, Councillor Alison McLaren, president of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), president of the NSW Farmers Assoc, Costa Georgiadis.

Event date: 
Wed, 26/10/2011 - 7:00pm
Phone: 
Bookings: 0410 145 473

Q & A: Can't eat your house - Development threatens food bowl

Urban sprawl in Sydney's West is encroaching on fertile floodplains. How do we retain our food security at a time of rapid economic growth? Costa Georgiadis is MC of this event as part of Crave Sydney International Food Festival.

Panellists: Ian Sinclair, a planner with a focus on food and agriculture,Professor Phillip O’Neill of the Urban Research Centre, Councillor Alison McLaren, president of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), president of the NSW Farmers Assoc, Costa Georgiadis.

Event date: 
Wed, 26/10/2011 - 7:00pm
Phone: 
Bookings: 0410 145 473

Lock the Gate National Day of Action: Defend our water from Coal and CSG

This Sunday October 16, communities all around the country will be standing up to defend our water and continue the fight against the Coal Seam Gas Industry. In South East Queensland's scenic rim, the Protests on Peaks action will drop enormous banners from spectacular mountaintops. Across NSW Farmers are slashing NO CSG slogans into their paddocks and writing them with hay bales.

And in Sydney, Martin Place will turn into a hive of activity as we track the progress of actions across the country....get amongst it!

Martin Place, Sydney

Event date: 
Sun, 16/10/2011 - 12:00pm
Phone: 
Jacinta 0425 207 180

Cuba: Breaking corporate power allows sustainable development

Cuba is a world leader in ecologically sustainable practices. It is the only country to have begun the large-scale transition from conventional farming, which is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, to a new agricultural paradigm known as low-input sustainable agriculture.

Thriving urban organic farms feed and beautify Cuba’s cities, strengthen local communities and employ hundreds of thousands of people thanks to government support.

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