Food sovereignty goes further than food security – it recognisies that how food is produced, and quality and control over its production is crucial. First described by the global peasant movement La Via Campesina, the transformative power of food sovereignty has been recognised by several governments, UN representatives, and the scientific community. FoEI supports small-scale peasant farmers resisting the corporate powers that are destroying their livelihoods and bringing hunger and conflict to their communities. We contribute to building food systems based on diverse, localised agro-ecological solutions that people determine and control themselves.
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- Organic farming dwarves GM crops in Europe as public rejection hits biotech firms
- Public resistance to genetically modified crops has ensured that the area grown in Europe in 2011 remained at 0.1 per cent of all arable land, shows figures released by Friends of the Earth Europe. In comparison, organic farming accounted for 3.7 per cent.
- GM giant BASF leaves Europe
- Friends of the Earth International is delighted to hear that Germany-based BASF is halting the development and commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe.
- European banks fuelling food price volatility and hunger
- European banks, pension funds and insurance companies are increasing global hunger and poverty by speculating on food prices and financing land grabs in poorer countries, according to a report by Friends of the Earth Europe.