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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.

English http://bit.ly/toxicsoy-animation

Deutsch http://bit.ly/giftsoja-animation

Castellano http://bit.ly/sojamata-animacion

Francais http://bit.ly/sojatoxique-animation

Petition in support of Pascual Pichún

Please sign this petition as organisation by sending a mail with your name/organisation to pascualvrij@gmail.com en pascuallibrearg@gmail.com .

This petition will be handed over on June 23rd at both the Chilean Embassy in Belgium and the Chilean consulate in Argentina.

The organisations below demand Freedom for Pascual Pichún Collonao, political Mapuche Prisoner (1).

Pascual Pichún Collonao is a 27-year-old Mapuche communicator and student of the Faculty of Journalism, La Plata National University, Argentina. Pascual had been in Argentina since 2005, where he obtained a temporary residence permit from the Argentine authorities. He is a fourth-year student, works ad honorem in the Human Rights Secretariat of the Faculty of Journalism, and is involved in a number of the university´s community outreach projects. As an indigenous communicator he participates in several dialogue platforms in defense of indigenous peoples´ rights.

Support Pascual Pichún Collonao, a political indigenous Mapuche prisoner!

[img_assist|nid=407|title=Pascual Pichún|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=101]On February 26th of this year Pascual was detained by officers of the intelligence service in Temuco, Chili, and is now being held in the prison of Traiguén, together with other political Mapuche prisoners.

His lawyer has filed a request to diminish his original punishment of 5 years imprisonment. Chilean justice has now one month before the verdict. It helps to put pressure on the Chilean authorities. More info you find here.
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BBC radio on land struggle in Paraguay due to GM soy expansion

BBC World Service - The Price of Bio Fuels

Listen to radio program here

Once, bio-fuels were seen as the answer to global warming and dwindling oil stocks. Today, many who took that line, believe instead that they increase pollution and are behind worldwide environmental havoc, rising food prices, and worsening hunger and poverty.

New report launched on soy expansion in Northwest Argentina

A new report has been launched titled "Soy and Agribusiness Expansion in Northwest Argentina - Legalized deforestation and community resistance. The cases of the Wichí communities of the Itiyuro River Basin and Misión Chaqueña, the Creole families of the Dorado River Basin and the Guaraní communities of El Talar". The report is published by CAPOMA (Argentina), La Soja Mata and Chaya Comunicación (Argentina), with the support of: BASE Investigaciones Sociales (Paraguay)

This report provides important insights into the process of soy and agribusiness expansion, deforestation and eviction of indigenous and rural communities in a forgotten region: North West Argentina. This region covers the Chaco, the Yungas forest and the Andes ecosystems and is inhabited by a large number of indigenous communities. The report focuses on the transition zone between the Yungas forest and the Chaco plains. The report shows how the regional Land Use Planning excercises, demanded by the Argentinean national government, turned out into a new license for massive deforestation and evictions of communities.

South American GM Soy close to get Carbon credits - Agribusiness lobby in the Climate negotiations

September 2009 - Javiera Rulli

As the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 (COP15) gets closer, a new agreement has to be signed for the period after 2012. It is becoming clear how agribusiness attempts to gain profits from the massive carbon credits market. Under the term “Conservation Agriculture”, Monsanto and other biotech allies have penetrated the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aiming to get carbon credits for agribusiness. A voluntary ‘responsible’ label for Roundup Ready soy sponsored by World Wild Life Fund (WWF), and a newly approved Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) methodology are important steps for Agribusiness to get access to this three billion dollar business.

Impressions of tractorazo in Asunción (16/12/2008)

Paraguayan national media hypes pathetic mobilization of paraguayan great land owners instead of reporting on severe situation on the countryside and new, fatal cases of fumigation, such as the death of a four year old boy last week. By making up false numbers, tiny gatherings in the paraguayan capital, Asunción, appear to have been a great success. An eye-witness account proves this to be pure propaganda.

Testimonies on repression and violence around Tacuatí, San Pedro

Following the burning down of a police post in Tacuatí, San Pedro, Paraguay, on 31st December, a large military and police force was sent to the region. This has led to great fear among the population, a number of small farmers killed, shot at, or abused in several forms. Below you find two video´s containing testimonies of victims of crimes committed by the army and police forces now stationed in San Pedro.

Justice put a stop to fumigations in the Argentinean neigbourhood of Ituzaingo Anexo.

After ten years of denounces the inhabitants of the neighborhood of Ituzaingo, in Córdoba, surrounded by soy fields, justice prohibited fumigation with agrotoxins close to urban zones. Out of 5000 inhabitants, 200 have cancer. (newspaper reports in Spanish below).

Paraguayan's Health Minister commits herself to act against the poisoning of campesinos.

written by Jorge Zarate - December 11th 2008

“To take up this problem is an ethical compromise”, said Paraguayans health minister, Esperanza Martínez, announcing that a special Commission of which the Health Ministry and other state institutions forms part of, will control the impacts of fumigations with agrochemicals on the more than 2.6 million hectares that are being sown in the country. The minister said that it is necessary to have norms to regulate this issue. “At first it can be a decree that later sanctions a law; we have to take this up and stop worrying”, she explained.

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