Launch of Peasants Consultations for Food Sovereignty Process in Romania
Eco Ruralis association, together with national and international partners, organized the event “The Right to Food Sovereignty – Public Peasants Consultation”, on 24th of April, in Bucharest, Romania. Through this event, a national process was launched, with the purpose of creating a national peasant strategy for the future of agriculture and for the fulfillment of food sovereignty. Peasants – men and women came from Brăila, Ialomița, Satu Mare, Giurgiu, Ilfov, Buzău, Neamț, Vâlcea and other counties, taking part of the open discussions about fundamental peasants rights, sharing solutions, experiences, problems and opinions about the future of agriculture. More...
New website on Access to Land launched today!
The Access to Land network launched a dedicated website on the cause of Access to Land for agroecological farming! If you head over www.accesstoland.eu you will find a brand new resource center, packed with useful information. More...
Information note on the Padova Agricultura S.R.L. Case Study
On the 28th of July, 2015, Eco Ruralis received a notification letter form the lawyer of the agricultural company PADOVA AGRICULTURA S.R.L., through which our Association is solicited to write a new article about the Company, stating that the Case Study written by Eco Ruralis about PADOVA AGRICULTURA S.R.L. distorts the situation of the Company, their impact on the area and over the national economy. Following up on the notification, Eco Ruralis revised the case study, bringing the following changes to the original text: More...
Peasant. Not a bad word but what does it mean?
The word “peasant” is used in all sorts of ways to mean different things by many groups of people across the world. It is indeed very hard to define. This is particularly problematic due to the fact that the majority of decision-makers related to establishing agricultural policy at the national, EU and global levels don't have an accepted reference point for understanding one another in a basic sense. More...
Danube Soy Alliance – Not a solution for small-scale peasant farming
For decades, the agro-industry has been hijacking civil society's messages in search of profit. Sometimes, with the support of NGOs, corporations who operate in the food and agriculture sector manage to influence public policies.
The Danube Soya Alliance is one of the recent attempts to push the industry's agenda, using the “GMO free” concept as a pretext. Established in 2012, in Austria, this alliance declared its purpose of “reducing the dependence of the European Meat and Dairy Sector on imported soy from overseas (mainly South America) and reducing the ecological footprint of these sectors.” Despite its claims, this proposal pushes for soya monoculture, opening the door for GMOs, land grabbing, and more public funding to be directed to rich companies. More...
Forest grabbing in Romania. Eco Ruralis fact sheets present the players.
The term “forest grabbing“ stands for large acquisition or long term leases of woodlands from public or private entities; transferring large portions of land from local communities to corporate interests. Forests remain crucial for their multifunctional character. Because of their rich biodiversity, they are at the basis of economic diversification in rural communities. More...