LASC Conference - From Colombia to Ireland: The dire consequences of unsustainable natural resource governance
Date: 14 November @ 6pm
Venue: Wynns Hotel , Lower Abbey Street
Argemiro Bailarín, Colombian Indigenous Leader
Richard Boyd Barrett, Dún Laoghaire TD
Danilo Rueda, Colombian Human Rights Defender
Louise Winstanley, Programme and Advocacy manager ABColombia
Maura Harrington, Rossport Activist
Letter in Irish Times on 25/07/2012 by Fergal Anderson, Member of the Irish working group on Food Sovereignty
Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom’s article “Ireland could lose out by rejecting GM” (Home News, July 19th) on a talk by Jack Bobo, Hillary Clinton’s biotechnology adviser, in University College Dublin, provided a great deal of misleading information about the debate on GM crops.
Mr Bobo is correct in his assertion that Ireland, like the rest of Europe, imports huge amounts of mixed animal feeds which include GM crops. These crops come with environmental and social costs (deforestation, soil exhaustion, excessive chemical use) which are not reflected in their price.
Venue: Light House Cinema
Date: 8th-15th June
We had a full house in The Light House cinema last Sunday for the premiere of Even the Rain. If you missed it, there's no cause for worry as the film starring Gael Garcia Bernal, is out this Friday exclusively at Light House Cinema. The film will run for one week from Friday 8th June. We hope you can make it down. It is an excellent film and well worth seeing.
A video(in Spanish) about Food Sovereignty Campaign made by ECOFONDO Colombia, a LASC partner.
"La campaña SALSA es una iniciativa por la defensa de la soberanía, la seguridad y la autonomía alimentaria que agrupa diversas organizaciones ambientalistas, comunitarias, campesinas, de pueblos indígenas y afro descendientes en Colombia."
Stop Land Grabbing - land to the tillers!
April 17 is the International Day of Peasant Struggle, commemorating the massacre of 19 peasants struggling for land and justice in Brazil in 1996. Every year on that day actions take place around the world in defence of peasants and small-scale farmers struggling for their rights.
In recent years, we have suffered from the implementation of new policies and of a new development model based on land expansion and land expropriation, commonly known as land grabbing. Land grabbing is a global phenomenon led by local, national and transnational elites and investors, with the participation of governments and local authorities, in order to control the world's most precious resources.
World Water Forum Attendance Reportedly Down as Activists Ramp Up Preparations for Alternative Forum
The World Water Forum (WWF) and the Alternative World Forum (in French: Forum Alternatif Mondial de l'Eau -FAME-) are going to take place from the 12th March in Marseille, France. Governments, organizations and civil society will gather to discuss, reflect on, and take important decisions about the future water.
The World Water Forum (WWF) is organised every three years since 1997, when the first World Water Forum was convened for three days in Marrakech, Morocco. In the following editions of the Forum (The Hague in 2000, Kyoto in 2003, Mexico in 2006), the WWF came under heavy criticism by civil society organisations for its pro-big business bias and its weak legitimacy.