European food declaration

Towards a healthy, sustainable, fair and mutually supportive

Common Agriculture and Food policy

We, the undersigned, believe that the European Union needs to meet the urgent challenges Europe is facing regarding food and agriculture.

After more than a half-century of industrialisation of agriculture and food production, sustainable family farming and local food cultures have been substantially reduced in Europe. Today, our food system is dependent on under-priced fossil fuels, does not recognize the limitations of water and land resources, and supports unhealthy diets high in calories, fat and salt, and low in fruit, vegetables and grains. Looking ahead, rising energy costs, drastic losses in biodiversity, climate change and declining water and land resources threaten the future of food production.  At the same time, a growing world population faces the potential dual burden of widespread hunger and chronic diseases due to overconsumption. Continue reading European food declaration

No life without diversity

Swiss Aid

African Charter Article# 17: Every individual shall have the right to education, cultural life, and the promotion and protection of values.

Summary & Comment: Species diversity must not be left in the hands of agri-businesses and laboratories. The FAO estimates that during the 20th century three quarters of the genetic base of agricultural crops disappeared. The practice of farmers for thousands of years to develop, grow, or breed plants and animals according to their very specific cultural needs and geographic and climatic conditions has been compromised. Support the SWISSAID “Our seeds, our life” campaign. Globally, just 15 plants and eight animal species supply 90% of our food. Rice, corn, and wheat meet half of our food requirements. Continue reading No life without diversity

Obama Expands Military Involvement in Africa

Analysis by Daniel Volman*WASHINGTON, 2 Apr (IPS) – When Pres. Barack Obama took office in January 2009, it was widely expected that he would dramatically change, or even reverse, the militarised and unilateral security policy that had been pursued by the George W. Bush administration toward Africa, as well as toward other parts of the world. Continue reading Obama Expands Military Involvement in Africa

US oil company donated millions to climate sceptic groups, says Greenpeace

Report identifies Koch Industries giving $73m to climate sceptic groups ‘spreading inaccurate and misleading information’A Greenpeace investigation has identified a little-known, privately owned US oil company as the paymaster of global warming sceptics in the US and Europe. Continue reading US oil company donated millions to climate sceptic groups, says Greenpeace

Nuns face guns, impunity in trying to save Amazon

 Associated Press

By BRADLEY BROOKS

CARLINDA, Brazil — The gunmen arrived in the Amazon dusk, circling the house where Sister Leonora was hiding, rifles and pistols poking out the windows of three muddy pickup trucks.

A violent death was meant for the diminutive 64-year-old Roman Catholic nun, who has spent decades defending poor, landless workers — and collecting countless threats from ranchers she blocked from stealing Amazon land. Continue reading Nuns face guns, impunity in trying to save Amazon

Concern as Haitian NGOs excluded from reconstruction talks

 Independent Catholic News

Tim Aldred, Progressio

More than 26 Haitian NGOs, representing thousands of ordinary Haitian people have condemned recent international talks about the future of their earthquake shattered nation, saying they have been “totally excluded” from the discussions – and that their calls for a “new model of development” in Haiti are being ignored, Progressio warns today. Continue reading Concern as Haitian NGOs excluded from reconstruction talks