Agroecology


Concern over potential authorization of GM wheat in Uruguay

Transgenic event HB4-PAT was already rejected in Brazil and Argentina despite pressure exerted by biotechnology companies

As the National Biosafety System and the National Seeds Institute (INASE) of Uruguay announced they will carry out a public consultation to authorize transgenic wheat event HB4-PAT for research and cultivation assays, environmental organizations such as REDES – Friends of the Earth Uruguay and the National Native Seed Network expressed  … Read more

FAO: “THE GREEN REVOLUTION HAS COME AT A HIGH COST FOR HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT”

Outgoing Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said agroecology is the new paradigm

José Graziano da Silva´s term as Director-General of the FAO is coming to an end after seven and a half years. Qu Dongyu, who served as Vice-Minister of Agricultural and Rural Affairs of China will succeed him. As one of his last activities as Director General, Graziano participated at the  … Read more

8th National Native Seed Festival in Uruguay

700 people are expected to participate: the National Agroecology Law and the work with CLOC - Vía Campesina will be the main focus

The National Network of Native Seeds of Uruguay, REDES – Friends of the Earth Uruguay and the Agronomy School of the University of the Republic of that country are organizing this Saturday and Sunday the 8th National Native Seed and Family Farming Festival. This time it will be held in  … Read more

“The Declaration on Peasants’ Rights should become a political tool for Agrarian Reform and Social Justice”

Press release by La Vía Campesina

(Harare, April 17th, 2019) Today, April 17th, 2019, the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, the member organisations of La Via Campesina are reaffirming the Declaration on Peasants’ Rights as a political tool to strengthen the global struggle for decent living and working conditions in rural areas. The Declaration should also  … Read more

An encouraging contribution

Land management and food production practices of traditional communities in Latin America

The publication “Manejo comunitario del territorio y soberanía alimentaria” (Community management of territory and food sovereignty) of Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) is a “hopeful contribution against the model of death that is being imposed in our territories,” said Mexican environmentalist Claudia Ramos. The report,  … Read more

Lights and Shadows

Assessment of the UN COP14 on Biological Diversity

With certain advances in the recognition of the role of indigenous people and local communities in terms of the conservation of biological diversity, the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity came to an end in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Nevertheless, some environmental organizations  … Read more

Failed model: greenwashing

Serious accusations against the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is holding its annual meeting

“It´s a sham” saying that the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is solving the serious socioenvironmental effects of this industry, said Nigerian environmental activist Rita Uwaka. “There are more environmental abuses, human rights abuses in countries where most of these RSPO certified companies exist”, she added. The annual conference  … Read more

Unanimous vote

Uruguay: National Agroecology Plan passed by Senate

The Agroecology promotion bill, drafted by organizations linked to food sovereignty, academics and groups focused on agroecological production for over 40 years, seems to have united all parties of the Uruguayan Senate, which passed the bill unanimously on Tuesday. All senators voted in favor of the bill that was the  … Read more

“We want a living rural world”

Friends of the Earth Spain demands an end to industrial cattle farming and promotes sustainable family and small-scale practices

On October 27-28, Friends of the Earth Spain, together with La Vía Campesina Europe and other agrarian, cattle farming, environmental and consumption groups celebrated “The Days of Action for Good Food” demanding changes in the food system based on policies that promote healthy food for the people and the planet.  … Read more