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Food Sovereignty Day: Celebrating the convergence of struggles to take back our rights and food systems

16 October 2016

Gathered in The Hague, La Via Campesina, social movements, civil society and academics from across the world, consolidated struggles to end the impunity enjoyed by Monsanto and other Transnational Corporations (TNCs). Being the International Day of Food Sovereignty, La Vía Campesina wants to emphasize the importance of this struggle in taking back our rights and our food systems from Corporate Interests.

PRESS RELEASE The Hague, 16 October 2016   These last days, the Monsanto Tribunal - People’s Assembly in The Hague has hosted a gathering of social movements, civil society and academics from across the world, determined to end the impunity enjoyed by Monsanto and other Transnational Corporations (TNCs). Today being the International Day of Food Sovereignty, La Vía Campesina wants to emphasize the importance of this struggle in taking back our rights and our food systems from Corporate Interests.   With the support of allied organizations and a number of social movements, La Via Campesina hosted a series of workshops on the means to counter the growing power of multinationals. In this context, the urgency was reiterated on implementing binding legal instruments to restore and guarantee People’s Sovereignty and to put an end to the crimes against humanity perpetrated by multinationals and their complicit governments. We worked on the challenges ahead for the hundreds of organizations involved in the proposal for a Binding Treaty, a process opened in the United Nations aimed at strengthening the legal framework to ensure that companies are held legally accountable for their human rights violations. For this reason, we call on all the participants of the Monsanto Tribunal and social movements around the world to this second moment of mobilization in Geneva from the 24th to the 29th October.   For 3 days in The Hague, our delegation –made up of peasant representatives from India, France, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Andalusia, Ivory Coast and Morocco- has shared La Via Campesina’s experience of struggle and grassroots solidarity with social movement activists from around the world. Every harmful aspect from Monsanto and other agribusiness corporations - their GMOs, their agrochemicals, and their methods of grabbing resources, land, water and biodiversity- were discussed. Given this situation, Via Campesina insists on the need to promote agroecology and for the adoption of an international declaration for the rights of peasants, the latter an on-going process at the United Nations.   The convergence – geographical and sectorial – of the struggles celebrated today in The Hague on this International Day of Food Sovereignty is real. The same goes for the hope conveyed by the promising examples of resistance and victories across the world.  The efforts consolidated today to reclaim People’s Sovereignty and dismantle corporate power are another milepost on the road to reclaiming our food systems and our sovereignty from corporate rule.   GLOBALIZE THE STRUGGLE!! GLOBALIZE HOPE!!