To oppose the corporate hijacking of the Food Systems Summit, the people’s counter-mobilization offers an opportunity for civil society to connect their struggles and fight together for a better world based on mutual respect, social justice, equity, solidarity and harmony with Mother Earth.
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Our latest communiqué looks at how the Food Systems Summit (FSS) planned for the fall of 2021 is not about changing food systems, but about spinning a story that props up and expands the industrial food chain at the expense of other food systems. The FSS’s proponents argue that the “food system” is broken, that population growth and climate change mean that we will not be able to feed everyone, and that only new technological developments can save us.
We are excited to share #SayNo2Solar, a new video featuring Greta Thunberg, Michael Mann, Vandana Shiva, Raymond Pierrehumbert, Bill McKibben, Jennie Stephens, Naomi Klein, Tom Goldtooth and Åsa Larsson Blind. Watch the video to listen to their warnings about the dangers of solar geoengineering.
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Once relegated to the fringe of the climate debate, plans to use solar geoengineering to mask rising temperatures are receiving increasing attention from some scientists, governments, and the media. Catchy headlines about silver bullet fixes often downplay the real and profound risks that such technologies pose — including potentially devastating harm to ecosystems, increased droughts and extreme weather events, and the disruption of food production for millions of people around the world.
Once relegated to the fringe of the climate debate, proposals to use solar geoengineering to mask the impacts of planetary warming are receiving increasing attention from scientists, the government, and the media. While conversations often center around “silver bullet fixes” they too frequently downplay the real and profound risks that such technologies pose. These impacts would affect all of us but would fall most heavily on Indigenous Peoples and communities in the Global South.
The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the rise of a global resource-grab in our food and agriculture systems. This encompassing the digitalization of its core ecological and social components as a new means of making vast profits. Approaches that claim precision and efficient resource use are in fact a power grab by a data colossus – the world’s largest corporations, such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Alibaba - from the fields and fishing grounds of farmers and fisherfolk.
MINNEAPOLIS—Today, leading environmental and human health advocacy groups from the United States and Canada provided detailed evidence about face masks containing potentially toxic nanoscale materials in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).
ETC group would like to extend our sincere condolences to the friends, family and COPAGEN colleagues of Rene Segbenou who passed away on April 11, 2021. For over thirty years René Ségbènou has fought on so many fronts: peasant seeds, GMOs, biosecurity, agroecology, UPOV, patenting of living organisms, land grabbing, and the fight against BT cotton in Burkina. Rest in Peace.
Giant corporations are driving significant and far-reaching changes in agriculture, food processing and retail all over the world. In collaboration with Freehand Studio in Nairobi, we’re launching 'Big Brother is Coming to the Farm: the digital takeover of food', an animation about the #BattleForTheFutureOfFood. It challenges the dominant industrial techno-fix narrative being promoted by the Food Systems Summit process and holds up food sovereignty and agroecology as an alternative.
Brussels — Today, leading international health and environmental groups released a letter to European leaders urging immediate action to ban the sale and use of face masks and other personal protective equipment containing nanographene and other nanoparticles.