Public inspection of a Monsanto facility
Enkhuizen, Tuesday morning 2 November 2010
Food security in times of climate change?
1-5 Nov agro industry lobbies, powerful governments, the UN, and Worldbank are getting together in the conference It's Down 2 Earth in The Hague preparing for the climate summit COP16 this November in Cancun, Mexico. They come up with technological solutions when what we need is a system change.
1. Get you hands off our lands and food!
Multinationals are monopolizing our food supply. They are chemical companies selling pesticides and artificial fertilizers. These multinationals develop patented GM crops, buy up seed companies, and tell greenwash stories to sell more chemicals and make more money. Large agribusiness, such as Monsanto and Syngenta, have other agendas and priorities than food security or fighting climate change. Their practices threaten small-scale farming and peoples' food sovereignty around the world.
2. Our climate is not for sale!
One of the main drivers of deforestation and CO2 pollution is industrial agribusiness, mainly with soy crops and palm oil monocultures. Monsanto is lobbying hard for carbon credits for their GM Roundup Ready soybeans because these would contribute to the reduction of CO2. But in reality the soy is transported all over the globe and nearby communities get poisoned with Roundup pesticide, lose their own food production, end up in the slums.
3. Food sovereignty no food monopolies!
The only way to enable people around the world to feed themselves is to establish food sovereignty: local community control over lands, seeds, water and sustainable agricultural processes. This can only be achieved by getting rid of monopolising, profit-seeking corporations and speculators like Monsanto and Syngenta. Small-scale agriculture not only contributes positively to the carbon balance of the planet, it also gives employment to 2.8 billion people. It remains the best way to combat hunger, malnutrition and the current food crisis. It uses less fossil fuels, takes local ecosystems into account and does not poison the environment with pesticides.
To get real 'climate smart agriculture' we need to start with getting the truth out and reveal the corporate lies about the current agriculture system. Let's bring out Monsanto's Hidden Agenda with a Public Inspection!
11:00 start march from Enkhuizen city centre to Monsanto facility
12:00 start inspection (Westeinde 161 Enkhuizen)
13:00 presentation results (same location)