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At World Social Forum, Global Peasant Movement Offers the 'Peoples Solution'

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As the World Social Forum (WSF) being held in Tunis, Tunisia continues this week, one group is highlighting a "peoples solution" to the "corporate assault" transnational corporations pose to people and the planet.

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Kit B (276)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:06 am
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'Another world isn't just possible, it makes sense'

As the World Social Forum (WSF) being held in Tunis, Tunisia continues this week, one group is highlighting a "peoples solution" to the "corporate assault" transnational corporations pose to people and the planet.

The global peasant and food sovereignty group La Via Campesina, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, was among thousands of groups at the WSF, and sees the climate justice struggle the world faces as intertwined with the stranglehood corporations have over the global population.

Ibrahima Coulibaly of Mali, part of La Via Campesina network, described at a press conference at the WSF on Thursday the global threat of multinational corporations:

Agribusiness and transnational corporations are a major threat to the world. They consume too many resources. They control the best land, and are grabbing even more land everywhere. Instead of producing food for people, they produce crops for export markets– bio-fuels for cars or animal feed for industrial meat factories. But farmers are also uniting globally and we will defend our lands.

The group also highlighted the dangers of genetically modified crops (GMOs), which are being pushed worldwide, are "dangerous for the planet and people" and "consume massive amounts of chemical herbicides and weedicides that are made of fossil fuels."

Josie Riffaud, La Via Campesina network member in France, slammed the "corporate assault" on "land, seeds, markets and water," resources that belong in the commons.

As the Forum has been a place to show "another world is possible," La Via Campesina offered a "peoples solution."

Indian farmer Nandini Jairam said,

We are not just resisting the threats from capitalism, but we also have a positive agenda with concrete alternatives - food sovereignty and agro-ecology. LVC is taking agroecology very seriously, we are organizing ourselves and sharing the best practices of agroecology with each other. We have countless examples of successful farming models that don't rely on expensive chemical inputs, and produce much more than inefficient monoculture of agribusiness. They also end farmers debt, the main cause behind a wave of farmers suicides in India. These are the real peoples solutions to the climate, food and job crisis. Governments need to help us to scale up our efforts.

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Some live reactions from the WSF via Twitter: Please GO TO VISIT SITE and watch these short videos.

By: Andrea Germanos, staff writer | Common Dreams |

Sue H (7)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:20 am
Power to the People!

roxy H (350)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:31 am
Thank you for this article Kit

Fiona O (565)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:21 am
Thanks for this great article, Kit. Time has proven that "A People's Solution" is the only viable solution. Anything else is a temporary and disappointing suspension.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 1:52 pm
Noted Kit.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 2:31 pm
Spam flagged...

thx Kit for posting this, great article! I heard on local radio a good and long report about this event, the counterpart of the WEF at Davos. However, I have serious doubts that govts will step up to help them, not in a sufficient way, for sure.

Robert B (60)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:22 pm
Multinational agribusinesses need to be outlawed!!!! They help no one but the greedy.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:33 pm

I agree Robert, but this is growing fast, while we die slowly from the contaminates.

JL A (281)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:22 pm
Perhaps the model to see the future for similar examples elsewhere in the world might be in CA's central valley where 30 or so years ago there were concerns of how much agricultural land was becoming Japanese owned...the media reported on it a whole lot for awhile, then silence--and no one in government spoke to the media about it much, either. I'm glad there is sharing of such information internationally now and how to survive despite the corporate pressures and possibly thrive.

pam w (139)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:41 pm
Human population has grown to an extent which makes ''peasantry" impossible. Agribusiness on a local level is the only way to feed everyone and still save the planet. Of course, we'll have to give up Chilean fruits and Chinese imports.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:42 pm
Thanks Kit, this is very inspiring. I do think we need a new model of how things are supposed to work, the model of corporate capitalism is a failed experiment that only increases income disparity and rampant environmental destruction, all in the name of profit.. As an American citizen, i wonder why the U.S govt. always looks down it's snooty nose at so-called third-world countries, when they seem to understand the big picture so much better than we do. We do live in a global society now, regardless of how much that concept terrifies the right wing nationalists. I think climate change is the issue we first need to address, without that all other points are moot anyway. And greenhouse gas pollution knows no national boundaries. Is America still a true democracy? If not, what would a true democracy look like?

Jan Sam (8)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:43 pm
more civilians murdered in world across history than before neo lib policies.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:45 pm
Thank you for working so hard to save the world. (N, P, T)

Birgit W (160)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:21 pm

Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:52 pm
Another brilliant post Kit! It just goes to show that if governments actually listened to the real people, we would not be in the mess we are now. This peoples solution is a very well thought out idea and I think it holds a lot of merit. I don't feel confident that the government is going to extend it's proverbial hand to help though. Thanks for enriching my brain as always.

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:59 am
Noted, thanks.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:22 am
Thanks Kit.
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