Historic visit to Australia explores possibilities for food sovereignty

By Friends of the Earth Adelaide

Public forum: Building sustainable farming futures through food sovereignty, June 25th 2010

There is a silent rural crisis in Australia. Farmers have been reduced to mere cogs in a machine and for growing numbers the pressure is too great.  But there is an alternative, one that has gained the support of hundreds of millions of small farmers in 70 countries around the world. It’s called ‘Food Sovereignty’, and it is the world’s biggest social movement.

Food Sovereignty means farmers and local communities exercising democratic control over our local, regional and national food systems. It means food and agriculture serving people and the environment first, not profit. It means the future, and it’s being built right now.

La Via Campesina (LVC), the organisation at the forefront of the global Food Sovereignty movement for the past 15 years, is making an historic first visit to Australia. LVC is considered to be the largest civil society organisation on the planet, representing the interests of some 500 million farming families.

Four members of LVC from Japan, Timor Leste, South Korea and Indonesia will arrive in Adelaide on Thursday 24 June 2010. Hosted by Friends of the Earth Adelaide, the delegation will spend two days meeting with local farmers and food and farming organisations.

On Friday 25 June 2010, the delegation will lead a public forum on “Food Sovereignty and the future of farming”, from 6.00-7.30pm at the Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide.

They will travel to Brisbane on June 26, hosted by Food Connect Brisbane, the Food Connect Foundation and Reciprocity. Over two days (27-28 June) farmers from across the country will connect with one another and with members of La Via Campesina to talk about the future of food and farming in Australia, and globally. Nettie Wiebe, the first female President of the Canadian National Farmers Union, a founding member organisation of La Via Campesina, will be joining the discussion via Skype.

“Agriculture is the junction of the need for food and saving our ecology”, says Ms Wiebe.

“Family farms and farming families are on this ecological frontline.”

For more information and to RSVP, contact joel.catchlove@foe.org.au, or call, 0435 631 524.

For more information on La Via Campesina, visit: http://viacampesina.org/en/;
http://www.nfu.ca/intl/foodfirst_final_via_campesina_backgrounder.pdf

For more information on Food Sovereignty, visit:
http://www.foodfirst.org/en/node/47;
http://www.adelaide.foe.org.au/?p=100;
http://www.nyeleni.org/spip.php?article290

2 responses to “Historic visit to Australia explores possibilities for food sovereignty

  1. amicus curiae

    brilliant Rady!
    I am posting this link to agmates food and fibre group, so expect hits:-)
    n eg.
    this year many of the agmates fellas are not even planting wheat. why? because they get 220 a ton At the docks. 70 of that is freight, then take the seed cost, they wont tell me how much..
    add the fertilisers and pesticides, and fuel and time and maintenance and the loan repayments on 250K seeders etc.
    they get??
    20c a kilogram.
    even as flour here we pay close to $4 lately per kilo, and thats simply milled and packed.
    cheap bread is now around 3 to 4$ a loaf
    better? brands up to $6
    someone IS ripping US and the Growers off arent they!
    seeing as the GM ( cargill)groups have bought our silo and handlers and the mills associated with it, it is Not hard to know who!

  2. Coincidental to my contributions to Agmates in recent weeks. Great to know I’m not alone and many of the sources here are just what I need.

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