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Americas' Indigenous and Campesinos Reject GMOs

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September 7, 2015



The International Meeting on Campesinos Economy and Agroecology in America held a three-day meeting in Mexico City. "Free trade deals appropriate million of hectares from poor countries … with the same colonial cruelty," the groups stated. (Prensa Rural)

Indigenous and campesino organizations from 15 countries from the Americas issued a declaration last week firmly rejecting transgenic cultivations and agricultural monopolies, while promoting a “campesino-Indigenous agro-ecology” in order to “respond to the civilizational collapse we are living in.”

The organizations committed to fight in their respective countries for gender equality, youth empowerment, to ensure a new generation of rural leaders, and for greater multiculturalism, at the three-day meeting in Mexico City.

They also committed to continue to resist free-trade agreements, which “are an engine devastating the food sovereignty of nations and communities, with the same colonial cruelty of centuries ago, now million of hectares of poor countries are appropriated for speculation for the production of commodities,” stated the declaration.

“Campesino-Indigenous agriculture is an open and diverse model, deeply-rooted in the past; its goal is to care about ... biodiversity, ecosystems and natural ressources, as well as ancestral knowledge and technologies built via collective thinking,” it added.

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