For many years ASEED has been questioning large scale soy production in South America and the use of soy as animal feed in Europe. The negative impact of the production on people and nature has become more knows in the past years. But the production and imports are still rising. As an extra danger WWF, Solidaridad and big corporations are greenwachting the use of soy by giving it a 'sustainable label'.
Saturday, 01 August 2009 13:26Potatoes in Greenland, olives in the south of England, bell peppers grown outside of greenhouses in the Netherlands. The warmer weather offers possibilities. Furthermore, thanks to the mild winters, we can start growing our crops a few weeks earlier than we used to. And a higher level of CO2 also ensures a quicker growth rate and higher profits. This is the good news.
In reality, climate change is also dangerous for food production. Also, agriculture contributes heftily to the emission of greenhouse gases. Both these effects will be discussed in the following paragraphs.
Monday, 22 September 2008 19:06Protesters at petrol stations state "Agrofuels are no solution for the climate and energy problem!"
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.
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 18:15Land reforms! NO Steakholder Conferences!
Amsterdam - On the 9th of December (2008) A SEED Europe held a picket-line at a conference on genetically modified soy. The objective of the meeting was to discuss sustainability risks and benefits of GM soy and to formulate management options for companies. A SEED reminded participants upon arrival that not only is GM still controversial, but so is large-scale soy production in general. A SEED did not participate in the conference itself because the announcement made clear that in our eyes crucial poignant issues in the (GM) soy debate were not open for discussion.
Thursday, 14 August 2008 23:23- About equal distribution of land and energy and sustainable consumption."
This is the long title of a new brochure produced by A SEED. Besides explaining the many aspect of agrofuel related problems it, the brochure is mentioning ways to go to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses and to live with a radical lower energy use.
You can read the brochure on-line print the higher resolution pdf-file version. Or try to obtain a paper version.
Small version (72dpi, 8.8 MB, to read on a screen)
Large version (150dpi, 31.8 MB, to print)
Besides in English version there is also a version in German: "Agrotreibstoffe, kein Mittel gegen Ölabhängigkeit und Klimawandel. - Für eine gerechte Verteilung von Land un Energie sowie ein nachhaltiges Konsumverhalten"
Tuesday, 22 April 2008 23:27New report published by groups from Europe, the US and South America
The Round Table on Responsible Soy is seeking to legitimise irresponsible, socially and environmentally damaging soy production, according to a new report published on Tuesday 22 April, ahead of the Round Table on Responsible Soy’s third conference in Buenos Aires.
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