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Dairy reform:vote no! , « Free » trade agreement EU-Morocco:vote no !

13 February 2012

The dairy reform is in favour of industry, not of producers: vote no ! The « free » trade agreement EU-Morocco runs counter to sustainable family farming in Morocco and EU : vote no !

The dairy reform is in favour of industry, not of producers: vote no ! The « free » trade agreement EU-Morocco runs counter to sustainable family farming in Morocco and EU : vote no ! Milk : the reform proposed does not solve the problems having led to the crisis in 2009 . Without supply management, the producer’s market power will not be strengthened. The dairy production will continue to concentrate in bigger farms, more and more industrialised, to the detriment of sustainable dairy family farms and of the maintenance of dairy production in all dairy regions in Europe. The dumping of our dairy surpluses to third countries will continue. During the last EU agriculture Council, 4 Ministers had the grit to express their reticence regarding the suppression of the dairy quotas in 2015. If the reform was adopted, the next milk crisis would be announced. The time has come for regulation, not for a contractualisation serving the dairy industry in a deregulated market. Another dairy policy is essential, which gives priority to supply management- a necessary condition for a fair and stable milk price- and to a sustainable dairy production based on regional fodder and land. If you want to defend the dairy producers and all the regions with dairy calling, we ask you not to vote for this reform. EU-Morocco agreement: the so called « free » trade agreement which is proposed to your vote would have disastrous consequences for sustainable family farming in Morocco and in the EU, especially for the sectors of vegetables, fruits, olive oil, .. These sectors should not be sacrificed to meet the interests of industrial or grain EU exporters,… The outsourcing of food production by European companies which are looking in North Africa for very low salary costs, lower standards and weak trade-union rights does not profit to farmers nor consumers on both sides of Mediterranean. That profits only to the up- and down-stream companies looking for the lowest costs of production and the greatest margins. I f you want to defend producers and consumers from both sides of Mediterranean, if you want human rights respected, we ask you not to vote for this agreement. We are relying on you. Contacts : ECVC : Isabel Vilalba : + 34 608905444 (ES-PT-EN) Conf. Paysanne : Philippe Collin +33 6 76 41 07 18 Conf Paysanne Alsace : Rémi Picot +33 6 07 78 55 10

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