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Newsletter no 5 - Nyéléni Europe

Wednesday 2 April 2014, by Manu

As we follow the road to Krems,
we advance towards people’s food sovereignty.

In Europe, more than a thousand farms, along with the people who make them possible,
dissapear every day. The loss of cultivated biodiversity continues to increase. The best
lands are falling into the hands of financial capital, which is also speculating with food and
as a result food crises are rocketing. The European population is increasingly suspicious
of a food system that regularly puts their health at risk... These are some of the serious
consequences of a global food system based on an unsustainable neoliberal model,
driven by transanacional companies and financial markets. Current European agricultural
policies have been developed according to the doctrines of the World Trade Organization.
And, more importantly, the CAP has evolved from a mechanism to ensure food security
on the continent to an instrument without political vocation, which leaves agricultural
regulation at the mercy of pure neo-liberal competition, where multinationals always
win and small farmers in Europe and in many other countries always lose. It is time for
change, and it is time to fill the false democracy in which we live with politics. Food Sovereignty
should be considered as the framework for agricultural policies in Europe
and worldwide. Producers and small-scale producers, with their farming, despite what
the agro-industry may say, are the only ones who can feed the people while preserving
the richness of our planet for future generations. While political and economic interests
persist in the wrong direction, throughout Europe, citizens are organising themselves to
regain control of their food and agricultural systems: movements for the multiplication of
seeds, anti-GMO organizations, young farmers reviving the countryside and productiondistribution-
consumption cooperatives are among the many alternatives that are being
built in Europe. The Nyeleni Forum 2011 will offer the possibility for a collective reflection
on these emerging initiatives, and how we can work together more effectiviely. In Austria,
we will strengthen the pillars on which we’re building the European movement for
food sovereignty.
Javier Sanchez, ECVC and Steering Committee for Nyéléni Europe

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