New animation video exposes GM soy greenwash label

Detective Pig investigates soy production in South America and finds out the truth behind a new label for 'responsible' soy. This label will be launched on the European market this spring by the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), a voluntary certification scheme supported by agribusiness including Monsanto and Unilever, and a few NGOs including WWF. This new animation video leads watchers to a petition that asks retailers and other soy users to not mislead consumers by this 'responsible' label, but rather move to real solutions which would lead to a shift away from soy imports and factory farming. Already over 15.000 people have sent this message to amongst others Carrefour, Unilever and Tesco. The animation is available in English, French, Dutch, Spanish, German and Danish.





Dutch Parliament: critical debate Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)

On Thursday 10 September, the Dutch Parliament discussed the outcomes of the last RTRS-conference in Brazil last May, where a set of 'Principles and Criteria' for 'responsible soy' was agreed upon. The Dutch Parliament had called on both the Ministers of Agriculture and Development Cooperation to be present at the debate. Both Ministries support the RTRS financially and politically.

A SEED on tour along mega pig stables

[img_assist|nid=386|title=.|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=118]A SEED Europe and the German organisation Nandu are in these days visiting a large number of locations where local residents have organised themselves against the construction of mega pig stalls. Most dates on the tour feature an information meeting and a street event. But also the informal exchange of information, experiences, arguments and strategies are important objectives of the tour.

Video letters, picture exhibition and street theatre

'Responsible Soy' in Paraguay. Grupo DAP and the advancement of soy monocultures in San Pedro

[img_assist|nid=385|title=Grupo DAP soy field|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=200|height=163] Just before an international conference will decide on setting 'responsible soy standards, a new report is published by Corporate Europe Observatory exposing the reality of 'responsible' soy production in Paraguay. The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), an NGO-industry forum, will vote on a set of criteria for 'responsible' soy production on May 28 in the city Campinas, Brazil.

There is widespread international rejection of the RTRS process for certifying GM RoundupReady soy as 'responsible' while also legitimising soy expansion. The RTRS is dominated by industry members, including Monsanto, Cargill and Syngenta, while WWF and Solidaridad are the driving NGO members.

The report can be found on:

Radioprogramme in French on La Soja Mata

Français - French

13 Minute radio program, broadcast on Brussels libertarian radio show Radio Air Libre (87.7FM)

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Land Reform in Nueva Germania (San Pedro) - Struggle for land takes steps forward

[img_assist|nid=305|desc=March in Nueva Germania 11-12-08|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=113]Landless and small farmers, united in the ‘Coordinadora Distrital Sin Tierra de Nueva Germania’ struggle to obtain a stretch of land in the community of Oñondivepá, and prevent it to be deforested and turned into a soy desert. Eight years of struggle now seem to become successful. See the video (part one and two) on this event below.

Tractorazo: Soy producers stage protest for “peace, security and jobs”

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On the fifteenth of December, soy producers in Paraguay organised a ´tractorazo´, a tractor-display to show their fear for political change
and land reform. Long rows of farming machinery could be seen along some of the highways. The manifestation was not as massive as the organisers hoped for. On several places announced, the ‘tractorazo’ did not materialize – such as in Caaguazu in the center of Paraguay, and the amount of attendants was far lower than expected. A video can be watched below..

Syngenta Threatens to Violently Expel the Family Farmers of the Via Campesina from the Free Land encampment: Act Now!

The multinational Syngenta Seeds is pressuring the Governor of the State of Paraná to expel the family farmers of the Via Campesina currently residing on the Free Land encampment with police force.

The 120 families occupied the área more than a year ago, in protest to the environmental crime committed by Syngenta. The multinational illegally cultivated genetically-modified soy and corn at the site, within the protective zoner of the Iguaçu National Park. The family farmers demanded that Syngenta pay the fine of US$ 465,000, imposed on the corporation by the IBAMA, the federal environmental agency. In November of 2006, the Governor of Paraná expropriated Syngenta´s site, and planned to turn the area into an agroecological research center.

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