During the Food Sovereignty Forum in Uruguay, held on August 17 in Canelones department, Real World Radio recorded experiences of collective projects that contribute to agricultural farming in a different way than that imposed by the global market focused on reproducing commodities.
It´s worth trying. This was the idea conveyed by two women member of the Calmañana Cooperative during the Food Sovereignty Forum that took place on August 17 in Uruguay, Canelones department. When they started producing aromatic herbs in an organic way they never dreamt they would end up winning the first prize in a contest of projects led by women and that then they would travel the world to talk about their experience.
22 August | Interviews
While the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT) of Ecuador is preparing to move forward in September with its lawsuit before the Canadian Supreme Court of Justice over compensation for 30,000 people affected by the actions of this company (now merged with Chevron), the Court continues attempting to annul any claim filed. In one of the latest episodes in this long battle, the transnational corporation has blackmailed and pressured the Ecuadorian government several times to interfere with the communities´ lawsuit, after which an Ecuadorian Court ruled in 2011 that Chevron should pay 9.5 billion dollars in compensation for the damage caused to the communities and the environment.
The successful strategies of Nigerian women, at local, national and global level, to reclaim their land back from corporations like Okomu Oil Palms Plc (Socfin Group) and Iyayi Group (rubber plantation company), rely on their knowledge about their rights and how and why they are disproportionally affected by corporate projects in the context of the patriarchal society. And also, on their conviction that the organization of women struggles can challenge corporate power and the corporate capture of governments, policies and territories.
Friends of the Earth Europe launched a new report, titled “The true cost of consumption: the EU’s land footprint”, which highlights that in 2010 the amount of land used to satisfy the block’s consumption, solely of agricultural goods and services, amounted to 269 million hectares. “Almost 40% of this land is outside Europe, an area the size of Italy and France combined”, said Friends of the Earth Europe in its web site.
17 August | News
Close to Montevideo, capital city of Uruguay, down Route 62 and four kilometres from Canelones city, we can find Paso Picón town. This rural town has been making the news for the past three years over a conflict between the community and a doctor and agricultural producer who is making the population sick with the agrotoxics with which he sprays his crops.
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