Serious concerns have been raised by over 100 civil-society organisations about the so-called “Global Alliance for Climate- Smart Agriculture” launched at the UN’s Climate Summit. Signatories to an open letter rejected the Alliance as a “deceptive and deeply contradictory initiative”. The Alliance includes more than 20 governments, 30 organisations and corporations, including Fortune 500 companies McDonald’s and Kelloggs, and re-enforces the corporate control of agricultural production globally.
You can read the open letter and rejection letter here: http://www.climatesmartagconcerns.info/
Social Movements representing more than 200 million people around the world denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit
[September 19 – 23, New York] When we, as human beings, get a fever, we immediately get worried and take action. After all, we know that if our body temperature rises to 1.5ºC, let alone 2ºC [3.6 ºF] above the normal average, there can be severe damage, while an increase of 4-6ºC [7.2-10.8 ºF] or more can cause a comatose situation and even death. Continue reading Social Movements representing more than 200 million people around the world denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit
Photo: Anne Petermann/ Global Justice Ecology Project
Campaign to STOP GE Trees – Sign On to Support the call by Brazilian and Latin American groups to reject G.E. eucalyptus trees:
Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano wants to commercially plant Genetically Modified eucalyptus in Brazil. Suzano is responsible for large-scale landgrabbing and destruction of highly biodiverse forests, including in Maranhao. Now, through their UK-registered subsidiary FutureGen, they want to be the first to commercialise GE trees in Brazil. They claim that their GE eucalyptus will have higher yields and thus need less land – but in Brazil and elsewhere, higher yield tree plantations have always meant more profits for plantation companies and thus more, not less, land conversion. Furthermore, high yields always mean more water use – in additon to the serious environmental risks of genetically engineering trees.
Plesae click here to read and sign the call on the Brazilian government to refuse Suzano permission for releasing their GE eucalyptus (organisations/groups only)! See here for a background article by the World Rainforest Movement.
Modernising African Agriculture: Who Benefits?
African Civil Society Statement on the G8′s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition
For a solidarity statement by UK Civil Society groups, see here.