Letter in Irish Times on 25/07/2012 by Fergal Anderson, Member of the Irish working group on Food Sovereignty
Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom’s article “Ireland could lose out by rejecting GM” (Home News, July 19th) on a talk by Jack Bobo, Hillary Clinton’s biotechnology adviser, in University College Dublin, provided a great deal of misleading information about the debate on GM crops.
Mr Bobo is correct in his assertion that Ireland, like the rest of Europe, imports huge amounts of mixed animal feeds which include GM crops. These crops come with environmental and social costs (deforestation, soil exhaustion, excessive chemical use) which are not reflected in their price.
The colonized are now the colonizers - Irish companies involved in large scale land acquisitions overseas
***Groups across Ireland organize activities to mark 17th April, International Day of Peasant Struggle of Via Campesina
***Irish company involved in landgrabbing
***30,000 hectares of publicly owned land now privatized in Serbia by Irish investors
Over the last ten years foreign governments and private firms have been increasingly investing and acquiring large surfaces of fertile land in other countries - especially in Africa and Asia - but also in Latin America and in Eastern Europe, for the purpose of agricultural production and export.
A video(in Spanish) about Food Sovereignty Campaign made by ECOFONDO Colombia, a LASC partner.
"La campaña SALSA es una iniciativa por la defensa de la soberanía, la seguridad y la autonomía alimentaria que agrupa diversas organizaciones ambientalistas, comunitarias, campesinas, de pueblos indígenas y afro descendientes en Colombia."
by Gustavo Torres
Traditional food systems are disappearing as large-scale farming expands.
Farming, as a campesino or indigenous family practice that for centuries ensured natural food on Paraguayan land, is threatened by a small number of producers that are developing a farming model based on large-scale modern agricultural technology, which continually decreases the need for manual labor and in which multinational corporations take control of much of Paraguay's natural resources like land, water, and biodiversity.
The EYV Roadshow is run by Volunteer Ireland and is a free week-long public event. It’s a volunteering recruitment fair, a chance to promote and celebrate the work that your organisation does and a expo highlighting the great value of voluntary activity in Ireland.
Each day of the week is themed, to allow the widest scope and greatest number of organisations to take part.