The production of pork in the EU is increasing rapidly. But while 21,3 million tons are being produced, only 19,7 million tons are being consumed. This translates into an overproduction of almost 10 percent. In order to export this, there are about 200 million Euros in export subsidies for pork in the EU budget. This expresses and proves the power of the Agro-lobby in Brussels and Berlin.
The globalised pig is the main victim of the Agro lobby's attempts to dominate the world market. Read more...
But the developments continue: now there is the Monsanto pig™ that is eating Monsanto feed™. And also The Netherlands is participating with enthusiasm; Hendrix Genetics is one of the world leading companies when it comes to hybrid chicken, pigs and turkeys. Read more...
In this “line” [section] of the town, parcels of campesino land were sold to Brazilian soy growers, who dismantled the parcels entirely with tractors and planted soy. The residents, aware of the dangers represented by the pesticides used to fumigate the soy fields, have successfully resisted every intent to fumigate these parcels. Read more...
Dutch debate on socio-economic impacts GMO’s: Sidetracking the real issues?
The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture today organises a conference about a very important topic: the socio-economic impacts of GMO’s. End of last year, the EU Environment Ministers decided that socio-economic criteria should be developed for GMO’s. But at this conference, the real issues seem to get sidetracked.
The Dutch Agriculture Ministry and the conference organisers are using this debate for another aim: to set the ground for a ‘review’ of the EU GMO policy. They claim, along with the biotech and animal feed industry, that the EU admission procedure for new GMO’s is too slow. In particular, they want to see the EU zero-tolerance policy regarding non-authorised GMO’s to be abolished. The argument for this is that this policy causes economic damages for Europe’s factory farms. The focus therefore is not on the real socio-economic impacts that soy production and factory farms cause around the world.
Critical speakers on RR soy production (including the Paraguayan Minister of Environment) were refused for the conference sessions, whereas RR soy production is known for its damaging social and economic impacts. The reason given was that this conference ‘should not be focused on soy’. However, one session at this conference is precisely about the ‘Round Table on Responsible Soy’ (RTRS), with speakers from Syngenta and Grupo DAP, a controversial Paraguayan soy producing and investment company.
The RTRS has been criticised and rejected by a great number of organisations. Not one South American small farmers’ or indigenous peoples’ organisation is a member of the RTRS. Nevertheless, the RTRS is supported by the Dutch government as a way to avoid taking responsibility for the damage done by the massive Dutch GM soy imports. Over 10.500 people have sent a message to Ministers Verburg and Koenders asking them to withdraw the Dutch government’s financial support for the RTRS. At this conference, these signatures will be handed over to Minister Verburg.
For more information:
www.toxicsoy.org / www.gifsoja.nl
lasojamata.iskra.net / www.aseed.net
A report on the reality behind the ‘responsible soy’ company Grupo DAP will be available at this conference. Local communities in San Pedro, Paraguay, have protested against Grupo DAP’s arrival in their area, starting large scale soy plantations. A few years later, complaints about the impact of DAP’s soy fields for the community have not silenced. The report can also be downloaded from: www.corporateeurope.org
A new report will be launched soon about another soy expansion region, North West Argentina. There, both indigenous and gaucho communities are fighting for their rights to land and against the rampant deforestation in the area. In North West Argentina, where the soy sector is particularly associated with violence, repression and corruption, the RTRS has been particularly active doing outreach, among those soy producers. This report will be available on: www.chaya.org.ar
Malmö, Saturday 20 September 2008 - During the European Social Forum (ESF) about 50 people protested against the introduction of the large scale production of agrofuels. The devastating social and environmental consequences of the production of energy crops was a big issue in the presentations and discussions inside the ESF. The Agrofools decided that it was important to reach the people in the streets as well, and to explain that we have to choose between food and fuel. Read more...