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Newsletter no 12 - Migration and Agriculture

Wednesday 2 April 2014, by Manu

In the illustration: "With or without papers, workers unite!" Titom.

Food is essential to life and it is also an expression of our cultures and our societies.
The dominant corporate food system takes away the vital and social value of food and
reduces it to a commodity; in order to profit from all stages of its intensive production,
processing and distribution and ultimately from food speculation in the financial markets.
This system pushes to separate people who consume food from the ones who produce it.
While family food producers continue to feed more than 70% of the world population,
the neoliberal system and its trade policies drive peasants, artisanal fishers, pastoralists
and indigenous people out of the their territories and support the development of
intensive monoculture farms and factory farms, food processing industries and retailers,
based on the labour of food workers.
More and more, these food and farm workers are migrant people obliged to leave
their country in order to escape poverty and hunger. More and more, due to racial
migration policies and the militarization of borders migrant people risk their lives
to cross frontiers undocumented. More and more undocumented migrants are persecuted
and criminalized while simultaneously being exploited and even enslaved in
the food production system, to which they are indispensable.
The struggle against the current global food system is also a struggle to support the rights
of migrant people. The struggle for food sovereignty is also a struggle to give people back
the freedom to choose whether to stay or leave their communities and territories.

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Nyéléni newsletter no 12

- Migration and Agriculture