IN DEFENCE OF PEASANTS AND FARMERS SEEDS To strengthen the call made by
La Via Campesina  worldwide, the European Coordination Via Campesina
would like to strongly encourage people to organise activities
throughout Europe on the theme of seeds on 17TH OF APRIL 2014, TO MARK
THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FARMERS STRUGGLES.
This theme is particularly important since on the 11th of March the
European Parliament rejected the European Commissions regulation
proposal for the marketing of seeds (PRM), published in May 2013. This
vote has taken place in the context of a Europe dominated by trade
negotiations with the USA, known as TAFTA, and the European Parliament
election campaign until May 2014 (more information HERE).
BUT THE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER!
Last months mobilisation was just a warm up:
we have not won the battle yet,
as the same issues will arise again in the near future.
Whichever direction the European institutions take (continuing with the
current proposal, reconsidering the text or to shifting it to TAFTA
negotiations), seed regulation will be revised over the coming months.
This means we must fight another battle for seed regulation guaranteeing
the fundamental rights of farmers over their seeds, and we cannot afford
These actions will follow on from the action that took place in Brussels
20th of January, in defence of farmers seeds_ in your own country_ and
in preparation for the next stage of mobilisation
ON THE 17TH OF APRIL, MOBILISE!
Plant local seeds,
Harvest global future!
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