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People's Expo Milan 2015: highlights

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Giosue de Salvo, Italy Coordinator of People's Expo Hanny van Geel, Netherland European Coordination for La Via Campesina Maria Salgado, Indigenous People's Council Mani Stanley Panama Nassgh Jaffer, South Africa Word Forum of Fisher People Tristram Stuart , Writer Carlo Petrini, Slow Food Movement Elisabeth Mopfu Global Coordinator of La Via Campesina Peter Rosset, agroecologist and rural development specialist Ibrahim Coulibali, National Coordination of Peasant Organisations of Mali (CNOP) La Via campesina Roberto Sensi, ActionAid Andrea Ferrante, farmer and Via Campesina Representative Biraj Patnaik, Comissioners of the Supreme Court of India Deborah James, Center for Economic Policy Research Giosue de Salvo, Italy Coordinator of People's Expo

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Milan, June 5 2015 – People's expo ended today in Milan, after three days of meetings between international civil society and the peasant movements.

Giosue de SalvoItaly Coordinator of People's Expo 

They represent small scale and family farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk, who are producing 70% of our food globally, but they have no voice in the Universal Expo here in Milan. As NGO's and environmental organizations we are in the People's Expo as natural allies to promote an alternative "recipe" to feed the planet, based on food sovereignty and environmental justice. 

Hanny van GeelNetherland European Coordination for La Via Campesina ( farmers social movements)

At the Universal Expo they say that they will feed the world and that they will create jobs using the image of sustainability and ecology but it's just a facade.

Maria Salgado,  Indigenous People's Council 

Agroecology is a food and agriculture system with a social basis that reorganizes territories, putting food production and those leading this process at the forefront. this process feed the world and allows us to be free to not be dependent on foreign investment, and to pursue the lifestyle that we chose.

Mani Stanley

We are here in milan representing the indian state and also to present our defense, our struggle, also share with the social movements and defend our rights

In our ountry there are several land grabbing issues, water privatisation, they want to own the rivers that belong to indigenous villages and in panama there is great social mobilisation to fight this, it is not just struggle against the goverment but against the entire system. 

Nassgh Jaffer,  South Africa Word Forum of Fisher People 

The contribution we make to global food systems is the most important and critical, yet, in terms of national legislation and global fisherie management, we are the worst off.

The second day of the People’s Expo: slow food guru Carlo Petrini said “The poor should not be eating the multinational rubbish”

Tristram Stuart , Writer

We are being told by some of the big international institutions we need to increase global food production by 50 or even a 100 percent to feed all the people on the planet by 2015. And yet at the same time we waste a third of the world food supply and in the rich countries we consume much more meat and dairy products than we actually need. The way we need to adress the global food need is to reduce waste, reduce over consumption, meat and dairy consumption in rich countries and that is how we reduce the impact on the environment and make food available on the planet,  not how it’s currently happening, chopping down forests to create more food to over-feed the population and waste food.

Carlo Petrini,  Slow Food Movement

It is everyones right to eat good, local food that is clean and and the poor do not have to be eating the multinational rubbish, we need to promote this campaign.

 Elisabeth Mopfu Global Coordinator of La Via Campesina

Why are we here? Did we eat this morning? Where was this food produced in the morning, from which type of seeds?  To my understanding food sovereignty means being in control of what I am producing, by that I mean control of my own seeds and I will not borrow seeds from business companies, I’m not buying any seeds, or fertilizers or chemicals but rather I am using my own natural resources.

Carlo Petrini, Slow Food Movement

The importance of the seminar is to highlight the fact that seed ownership cannot be privatized by multinationals and should be in the hands of the farmer. We need a peacefull economy, not a violent one, and a very important element is that there are many NGO’s present. Now is the time to stand together, united. We need to overcome our differences and understand the common goal is to establish a more equal society that respects biodiversity and food soverignty. This job requires patience, and if we succeed we will have a strong political influence. 

Peter Rosset, agroecologist and rural development specialist

In Mexico, we are facing a war on rural people and we have a gmo contaminated maize which is a main food item for the population,  we have the mining concessions, we have agribusness, we have the goverment trying to privatise the communal property of peasants and indigenous people, we have a budget cutback on services for rural people. So basically it’s like a war of extinction  against indigenous people and these are fighting back against agribusiness and extinction by practicing agroecology.

 Ibrahim Coulibali, National Coordination of Peasant Organisations of Mali (CNOP) La Via campesina

The problem of seeds is a huge threat for food sovereignty. Today many african states are backed by Bill Gates Agra and our american company has tried to establish seed legislations that are in favor of exportation of hybrid seeds.

Roberto Sensi,  ActionAid

Around 400 million hectares were grabbed around the world in that last year, especially in developping countries, these coutnries have greater hunger rates and this land grabbing is mainly done by multicorporations but it must be underlined that this happens because north and south policies are giving them the oportunity to take this land, what needs to change is the rule that are governing free trade agreements, investment, energy policies, agricultural policies etc. 


 Andrea Ferrante, farmer and Via Campesina Representative

Via campesina is the biggest farmers and peasant movement of the world. Today we are here because we want to show the world that we have the answer. Peasant food sovereignty, agriculture and we are the one making the alliances with the rest of society, the citisens that want to change the food system, we made this possible want to tell them that there is no other way. Expo 2015 is a fake solution, the Expo2015 is showcase of agroindustry and agro business that is still making the world hungry and giving malnutrition to the world they dont have the solution, the goverment doesnt have solutions for its small farmers, the food producers, if we want new public policy, we have a solution and they need to change the public policy.

Biraj Patnaik,  Comissioners of the Supreme Court  of India

India has seen are seeing 300thousand  farmers killing themselves, a third of a million farmers between 1996 and 2014. It is a most unprecedented agragian distress in recorded history. And yet trade rules of India are creating more space for partnerships and this space is meant for indian farmers, and that is what brings me here to collaborate with other groups, to bring a global voice against the WTO and the unfair traide practices that will further the farm crisis in India if it is not resolved in the Nairoby ministerial in December.

Deborah James,  Center for Economic Policy Research

We also work against other corporate trade agreements like TTP the Transpacific Partnership, the TTIP the Translatlantic Trade Invesment and the TSEP,  Trade and Services Partnership agreement. these agreements are fundamentally about violating peoples sovereignty and national sovernty by transfering the decision making power on other asthmus of our daily lives such as public services, agricutlrue, water, and transfering it to corporate power and that is why we are saying no to agreements like the  TTP TTIP and the TCEP

Giosue de SalvoItaly Coordinator of People's Expo

Today is the third and final day of the peoples expo the was very imporant for all the participants, the delegates, and the general public, and the live streaming. We have 14 intenational organizations 150 deleguates from more than 50 counries we have establishing important aliances between small farmers and peasant organizations skeptic consumer associations civil society that wants to fight against agroindustry that only look to make a profit and are completly inefficient and inefective in preserving basic human rights and nature.   

Teodoro Margarita, Civiltà Contadina (Peasant organisation)

This is just one of the different artichoke varietie that I grow in my vegetable patch. I picked them this morning, they are a symbol, they are rare and you cannot find them in the supermarket, I say that with farmering patches, even if they are not professional farmers and even if it is a hobby, or citizen farming, it is a way of preserving biodiversity. With the love that people truly have for what they grow, this becomes a resistance, a fighting action. With every little patch of land, every little balcony, every little piece of earth we claim, we are freeing it of GMO’s and it is a way to reject the agro-industry, conventional agrictulture. Save your seeds, save your artichokes, save your beans and reclaim your own food soverignty.

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