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This summer, you are invited to collectively bring your demands for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy directly to the EU institutions. Starting in August and ending on the 19th September 2012, the Good Food March will see actions and events across Europe, before a final day of activities in Brussels bringing together all those actors who want to raise their voice for a change and call for a major rethink of our national, European, and international food and farming policies.
During the 17th Organic World Congress, held on September 28th - October 3rd in Korea, URGENCI organized the participation of a CSA delegation and held three workshops on Community Supported Agriculture key issues in the OWC “Social Justice” track.
Participation d’une délégation d’Urgenci au Congrès mondial de la Bio, en Corée, 28 septembre-3 octobre 2011, par Morgane Iserte (FR)
La participation d’une délégation de quinze paysans et consommateurs venus des Etats-Unis, du Québec, de Chine, d’Italie, de France, du pays Basque, d’Angleterre, d’Inde et du Japon a fait sensation à cet événement majeur de l’agriculture biologique!
Many consumers fully understand the importance of eating locally grown food and implementing alternative economic projects based on fair trade. Yet the tide of multinational corporate globalisation has yet to turn. One of the main roots of the current food crisis, as well as of social unrest in general, is that farmers have been shouldering the risks of the increasingly ruthless global market alone. This has forced millions of them to leave the land.
The emergence of Teikei in Japan, Community Supported Agriculture in the USA and the UK, the Association pour le Maintien de l’Agriculture Paysanne in France, Agriculture Soutenue par la Communauté in Canada/Québec, Voedselteams in Belgium and many, many other initiatives shows how consumers and farmers around the world can provide a positive response to the same global pressures.
Local solidarity-based partnerships, are a way of contributing to greater solidarity between urban and rural communities. They are equally empowering for both the community and the farmers, and they offer one of the most hopeful alternatives to the current downward spiral. This is also the only model of farming in which consumers deliberately agree to share the risks and benefits with farmers.
We believe that the more we can learn from and support one another, the faster we will move toward local food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture and peaceful communities.
During the last days, Urgenci got a lot of enquiries to have more news about our Japanese friends and to know what to do. Urgenci will try to keep its members, both in Japan and around the world, informed about the post-disaster efforts to help small-scale family farmers in the devastated areas.
Within the boundaries of the base, the army still holds 27 hectares. 20 families also live there, with several well-developed market farms and a no-permit factory. Ren-Ji said 1/3 of the resident families like his idea for an eco-farm park, 1/3 want to sell out to developers and 1/3 are undecided. He wants to take it slowly and have a democratic process.
A CSA Mission to Taiwan, Day 2
by Elizabeth Henderson
The next morning, Tseniong saw me off on a quick train back to the north to Tao-Yuan for a formal luncheon with the top brass of the Urban and Rural Development Department followed by a 3-hour seminar on CSA for county planners. The department struggles with [...]
In their headlong rush to development, the people of Taiwan lost most of their connections to their farming traditions and the rural skills and wisdom of Hakka farmers or the island’s indigenous tribes. But a rediscovery may be underway. Early in the summer of this year, the government proposed to change the country’s laws on farmland, eliminating the protections for small-scale family holdings. The proposal precipitated a visceral response. Within ten days, citizens organized and thousands of people turned out on July 17 when the Taiwan Rural Front planted a rice field in front of the Presidential Palace in Taipei. It was, in the words of a Tao-Yuan planner, “a watershed moment”. Rural organizers invited me to crisscross the island giving talks and visiting farms in the hope that Community Supported Agriculture will contribute to a “rural renaissance.”
Voici quelques moments phares de la conférence. Le premier jour, après l’accueil par les dignitaires des ministères national et préfectoral de l’agriculture, le Professeur Shigeru Yasuda a effectué une présentation de l’histoire de l’agriculture biologique au Japon. A présent retraité de l’Université de Kobé, Yasuda était un membre fondateur de l’Association de l’Agriculture biologique du Japon (JOAA, Japanese Organic Agriculture Association) en 1971 et l’un des auteurs des 10 principes Teikei en 1978, basés sur les cinq années d’expérience en Teikei (vous pouvez les lire en page 269 de Sharing the Harvest). L’homme qui a inspiré et fourni le socle philosophique pour la JOAA fut Teruo Ichiraku, un organisateur de coopératives de paysans. Scandalisé en apprenant que même le lait maternel était contaminé avec des pesticides, Ichiraku a développé une critique de l’agriculture de plus en plus entrepreunariale et industrielle, et a proposé des relations directes entre les paysans et leurs clients comme antidote.
The fourth in a series of biannual events, Urgenci gatherings bring together farmers, activists, and researchers involved in CSA/Teikei/Reciproco/AMAP/ASC and other cooperative ventures linking consumers directly with producers. For the past two years, Urgenci has been focusing on “missions,” sending two-person teams, an AMAP farmer and a consumer activist, to countries in Eastern Europe and north Africa to spread the word about consumer-producer cooperatives and to facilitate adaptations in each country.
The Kobe URGENCI Symposium has shared information on community supported food and agriculture. We have also discussed how to help feed people through small-scale organic family farming, how this approach can support people, communities, and Mother Earth. We proclaim that we will carry forward our responsibility for life and the earth by emphasizing the value of Local Solidarity-based Partnerships between Producers and Consumers, increasing awareness of the TEIKEI principles, developing a global URGENCI network, and promoting organic small-scale family farming.
URGENCI est fondé sur la mise en place de partenariats entre producteurs et consommateurs dans un sens holistique. Ne serait-il pas merveilleux de contribuer à l’atténuation des crises mondiales actuelles par la mise en place de cette façon de distribuer des produits issus de l’agriculture biologique dans notre vie quotidienne ? Le mouvement d’URGENCI intègre déjà des concepts comme slow food, slow life et le locavorisme. De plus, son principal objectif est de revitaliser les communautés locales et de les aider à devenir de plus en plus autonomes. Nous faisons cela parce que nous estimons qu’il s’agit de l’un des plus sûrs moyens d’aboutir à une société durable
in Japan, a movement called Teikei has been working to expand organic agriculture through directly connecting producers and consumers, and therefore bridging “agriculture” and “diet” in the context of an equal relationship based on mutual trust. This movement has promoted and implemented “organic relationships,” “face to face relationships,” and “extending the producer’s table to that of the consumer.” One of my friends calls it “a relationship based on life sharing community building.” By this, she implies that Teikei is a new form of relationship that is created and maintained through common concerns and respect for each other’s life among strangers, in contrast with traditional rural communities based on territorial or blood relationships.