Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pesticide Bans in El Salvador-Greenpeace-New CO-OPs

I started this morning off (9-26-2013) with a look at Friends of the Earth, then at the Pesticide Action Network in Europe, then Greenpeace action in Europe, and finally at the European Co-op member, CICOPA.  The latter reminded me of their video I found recently on youtube.  It is phenomenal, and reminded me of Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis' The Take about Argentina.  The Mondragon segment is amazing, along with fine new developments in France, Poland, and Italy.  That's my take on it.  You'll find four items below, though I plopped the youtube link here up front as a worthy highlight.
Cheers and onward to sustainability to avert the otherwise inevitable!

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18 de septiembre | Informes especiales | Bosques y biodiversidad | Derechos humanos | SoberanĂ­a Alimentaria

El Salvador: MOVIAC Celebrates Ban on 53 Agrotoxics and Demands Immediate Government Enforcement

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The Salvadoran Congress recently passed a ban on the use and commercialization of over 50 active principles of agrotoxics. The Movement of People Affected by Climate Change and Megaprojects (MOVIAC) in El Salvador considered the move a positive contribution to society.
In a press conference held by the organization on Monday 16th, in San Salvador, members of MOVIAC said the agrarian corporations are increasingly pressuring Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes to veto the measure. They demanded the government’s immediate enforcement of the ban.
The advocates of agribusiness claim that without them they would not be able to supply food for the population and plagues and weeds would abound.
MOVIAC representatives feel that banning the use of agrochemicals is a very important step, since it would prevent diseases such as kidney failure and cancer, and it would also prevent environmental pollution, especially the soil and the water streams.
“We would like to acknowledge the Legislative Assembly’s contribution to society. We believe this is a very important reform because it not only prevents future health risks, but it also prevents environmental pollution”, said Jose Acosta representative of VOCES en la Frontera and member of MOVIAC.
14th June 2012

Revolutionary judgment of EU Court grants access to court for NGO's
Today European General Court ruled [1] that European Commission’s practice of denying NGO's access to court and requesting a review is illegal. In contrast to commercially interested parties who get the opportunity from Commission to challenge their decisions, NGO's such as PAN-Europe were never granted the right to defend their interests on European level . The General Court now decided that NGO's have the right to request an internal review for a wide scope of decisions of European authorities. This concerns in fact the majority of the decisions published such as approvals, guidelines, derogations, etc. The Court ruling is based on the Aarhus Treaty on access to justice and on a wrong implementation of the Treaty in the EU. The ruling will have an enormous positive impact on NGO's in defending public interests.


New report shows urgent need to eliminate bee-killer pesticides in Europe

09 April 2013
by greenpeace -- last modified 11 April 2013
Greenpeace has released a comprehensive scientific review of the factors that put pollinators and agriculture in Europe at risk. The study highlights the ecological and economic importance of healthy bee populations and stresses the urgent need for the elimination of bee-harming pesticides from agriculture. Such elimination would be a crucial and effective first step to protect the health of bee populations and to safeguard their pollination value that is vital for the ecosystem and food production in Europe.

4) Japan: 17 new cooperatives created in the disaster-hit areas

          18 September 2013

    It is almost two and a half years, and little is heard about reconstruction work in Tohoku, even in Japan, despite the fact that reconstruction is far from complete. However, 17 new worker cooperatives have been created since the terrible earthquake and tsunami in one of the most affected regions by the earthquake in Japan.

  • 124 cooperatives recently became operative in various sectors in Cuba. 25 of them are active in the sectors of construction, transport and waste collection. Until recently, cooperative enterprises were active only in the field of agriculture in Cuba.



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