Black Star News
by Sifelani Tsiko
December 14, 2007
Industrialized countries are drawing up ambitious renewable fuel targets to reap huge rewards from the bio-fuels boom while avoiding discussion of the heavy price people in the Global South are paying to help sustain the consumptive oil-based lifestyles of the West.
Agronomists, ecologists, environmentalists and development activists who met recently in Mali called on African governments to resist pressure from the Industrialized North to grow food crops for the production of biodiesel.
Outcome of a joint meeting on climate change, hunger, rural development and agroecological alternatives to the Green Revolution
held in Mali, Africa November 26th – December 2nd 2007
Food First collaborated with other organizations to bring more than 150 participants from 25 African countries and 10 non-African countries. Attendees including farmers, pastoralists, environmentalists, women, youth and development organizations, gathered at the Nyéléni Center in Selingue, Mali from November 26th to December 2nd. Field trips to area farms helped to inform the discussion on:
- Climate change and agriculture, fisheries and pastoralism in Africa
- The fight against hunger
- Development aid for agriculture and rural development in Africa
- African Agroecological Alternatives to the Green Revolution.
Documents from the meetings are available at www.moreandbetter.org
STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON THE FUTURE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE and THE EUROPEAN NETWORK OF GMO-FREE REGIONS
On 4 and 5 February 2003 the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture was established in Florence, with the support and active participation of the Government of the Region of Tuscany, with the aim of working to ensure that food and agriculture become more socially and ecologically sustainable, more accessible, and putting food quality, food safety and public health above corporate profits.
October 10, 2007
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Nick Berning, 202-222-0748
Coalition of groups sends letter to Pelosi, Reid prior to meeting of energy bill conference committee
WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders are being urged by environmental, family farmer, and social justice organizations to ensure that a radical biofuels provision passed by the Senate be left out of final energy legislation under consideration this fall.