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Coverage of Radio Mundo Real from Selingué

Tuesday 27 February 2007, by maitreuweb

Joao Pedro Stedile is one of the main leaders of the Brazilian Rural
Landless Workers Movement (MST) as well as an icon of the
international peasant struggle. Stedile is participating in the World
Forum on Food Sovereignty in Selingue, Mali, along with other 600
delegates from 118 countries. He was in charge of reading the
contributions of the MST and the other Brazilian movements that are
part of Via Campesina, to the forum’s action plan and final document.

"I think that we have to include the definition that food cannot be a
commodity as one of our principles. Food must be a right for
everybody", Stedile said at the plenary meeting of the working group
on agriculture and international trade negotiations.

Stedile warned that the second strategic definition must be the
"struggle against water privatization, because it is a public good and
cannot be someone’s private property".

Peasant movements and other movements that resist water privatization
around the world are likely to start coordinating their struggles
under a common definition, which Stedile defined as "ideological
criticism to capitalism, we must question the fact that everything is
a commodity within the capitalist system".

Regarding international agricultural trade, Stedile said "we are not
against the trade of agricultural products, but we believe it cannot
be based on profits, but on the peoples’ needs". He said the peasant
struggles against the WTO’s negotiations must consider that
"transnational corporations and imperialistic governments rule the

"The WTO, the IMF, the World Bank and all these international bullshit
do not represent the peoples’ interests. We have to struggle for a new
international order", the Brazilian peasant leader said.

Finally, Stedile warned about the dramatic advance of biofuels.
"Capital wants to take food away from the people and put them in
vehicles of the northern bourgeoises. We have to struggle against
this, from the roots, the world has to change its transportation’s
energy model. We must oppose individual transportation and struggle
for collective transportation".