October 2012

Two women against deforestation

2012-Oct-31   ::   (0 comments)

Never before has the survival of so much rainforest depended on one person. But that is where President Rousseff of Brazil finds herself. In May this year the Brazilian congress passed a forest code that puts the Amazon and other forests in jeopardy.

Dilma Rousseff's imminent decision on whether to pass or veto the bill will have huge ramifications. If approved, it would give loggers and farmers free rein to chop down 190m acres of forest. A territory the size of France and Britain combined will be at risk. It would open forests and rivers up for grabs, putting 70% of Brazil's river basins at risk. It would also give amnesty to anyone previously charged with illegal deforestation.

Now, a few days ago, President Dilma Rousseff has vetoed nine items of the forest code approved by congress. One of the vetoes cancels amnesty for those who cleared the rainforest illegally.

“There are nine vetoes which follow the principles of not granting amnesty, not stimulating illegal deforestation and ensuring social inclusion in rural areas regarding the rights of small land owners and family farmers,” explained Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira.

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Actions for seed freedom

2012-Oct-9   ::   (0 comments)

Vandana Shiva
Vandana Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, environmentalist, feminist, writer and science policy advocate. She is the Director of Navdanya and The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. In 1993 she was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". Her organisation Navdanya commenced a global campaign to alert citizens and governments around the world on how precarious our seed supply has become – and as a consequence how precarious our food security has become.

From 2nd October (Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary), to 16th October (World Food Day) the Global Alliance for Seed Freedom is planning intensive actions to create a global citizens’ response on the issue of Seed Freedom that we hope will act as a wake up call for citizens and the government. Gandhi had said, “as long as the superstition that unjust laws must be obeyed exist, so will slavery exist”. Humanity and diverse species on the Earth are being pushed into a new form of seed slavery. In the spirit of Gandhi, we therefore call for a civil disobedience against unjust laws. Below, we outline a number of ideas for actions that we emphasize are only a starting point.

Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means control over our lives, our food and our freedom.

Here you can act for seed freedom.