Posts Tagged ‘EU’

Polish Farmers Blockade Motorways Across Country

This just in from Julian Rose and his partner Jadwiga Lopata, along with a request to voice our opinion — wherever we are — to the Polish Prime Minister. For those who don’t know this already, Julian and Jadwiga helped Poland to become the first European country to ban GMO’s. Ever since that success, the government and then the citizens have felt tremendous pressure from the EU, with all sorts of tricky back room deals and regulations, now making Poland one of the most difficult places for organic farmers to do business. Please see below for details and show some solidarity if you feel led to do so.

As early leaders in protecting their country from corporate thuggery, Polish farmers hold symbolic significance, just like toppling Greece holds symbolic significance for ending Democracy — or how the puppeteers chose Madison, Wisconsin as their Koch Bros. backed opportunity to target unions. (Your 40-hour work week with weekends off became a reality due to worker and union demands in Wisconsin.) Please keep Poland in mind and heart for her symbolic value, as well as the precedent Polish success or failure will set for the rest of the EU (and world).

Polish Farmers Blockade Motorways Across Country

This week thousands of Polish family farmers from the Solidarity trade union turned out to protest in over 50 locations across the country. Over 150 tractors have been blockading the A2 motorway into Warsaw since the 3rd February and hundreds more have closed roads and are picketing governmental offices in other regions. The farmers are vowing to continue the struggle until the government agrees to enter talks with the union and commit to addressing what they see as a crisis in Polish agriculture.

ICPPC directors, Jadwiga Lopata and Julian Rose joined more than 200 farmers at a Solidarity protest in Kielce, South East Poland.

These actions represent a dramatic escalation of protests that have been simmering across the country over the last year. Edward Kosmal, chairman of the farmers protest committee for West-Pomeranian Region said: “We are ready for dialogue. We look forward to meeting with you Prime Minister and beginning a comprehensive government commitment to solving the problems of Polish agriculture. If you do not enter into a dialogue with the Union, we would be forced to tighten our forms of protest.”

The four key demands of the farmers are:
Land rights – implement regulation to prevent land-grabs by Western companies and to protect family farmers rights to land – (NB. From 2016 foreign buyers will be legally able to buy Polish land).
Legalize direct sales of farm produce – the government must take action to improve farmers’ position in the market, including the adoption of a law to facilitate direct sales of processed and unprocessed farm products (NB. Poland has the most exclusionary policies in Europe around on-farm processing of food products and direct sales, which make it impossible for family farmers to compete with bigger food companies).
Extend inheritance laws to include land under lease as a fully legal form of land use.
Ban the cultivation and sale of Genetically Modified Organisms in Poland

Quotes from Solidarity farmers trade union press releases on the 2nd and 3rd of February:

“We demand a legal ban on GM crops in Poland. The value of Polish agriculture, unique in Europe, is the unpolluted environment and high quality food production. That’s decisive concerning our competitiveness in global markets.”

“We are entitled to conclude that the European Union blindness deprives people in our country from thinking in terms of the importance of development for Polish citizens, and thus the Polish economy”

“We demand the introduction of legislation that will protect Polish land from exploitation by foreign capital! Agricultural land can not be sold to commercial companies. It’s part of Polish territory. Once sold it will be lost.”

Please send expressions of your support for Polish farmers to Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz (with copy to us!):
kontakt@kprm.gov.pl

Kancelaria Prezesa Rady Ministrów
Al. Ujazdowskie 1/3
00-583 Warszawa

PHOTOS AND FILMS FROM PROTEST HERE:
http://landworkersalliance.org.uk/2015/02/polish-farmers-blockade-motorways-across-country/

You can donate to our activities here
http://icppc.pl/index.php/en/support-us.html

Many thanks!

Jadwiga Lopata and Julian Rose – ICPPC
Joanna Bojczewska and Adam Payne – Landworkers’ Alliance
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ICPPC – International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside,
34-146 Stryszów 156, Poland tel./fax +48 33 8797114 biuro@icppc.pl
www.icppc.pl www.gmo.icppc.pl www.eko-cel.pl

Julian Rose on A Fireside Chat with Zany Mystic ~ EU, Small Farmers and More …

I’ve finally had a chance to listen to this past Saturday’s radio broadcast of another lovely chat between Julian Rose and the Zany Mystic (Lance White). This one is particularly timely after my recent posts regarding the European Commission banning heritage seeds and criminalizing non-registered plants.

Lance and Julian have such great on-air chemistry. Click here for a lively, enlightening discussion about the EU, organic farming, unemployment, health, and various strategies for alternative, positive change.

Codex Alimentarius: Why it Matters to Everyone & What You Can Do

If you care at all about what’s happening with food regulations around the world, please watch these videos. They are targeted to the US but have implications for the entire world. Lest you think that Dr. Rima is overreacting or exaggerating, FYI, peppermint is now illegal in the European Union. Yes, peppermint! Any food or herb that can be said to treat any “serious” condition, including peppermint, rosemary and anything else they decide, will become illegal.

Not only will you not be able to buy these things as supplements, but it will become illegal even to grow them. Like garlic in your cooking? Garlic lowers cholesterol and fights infections. It will likely be on the illegal list. Like medicinal mushrooms? Uh-uh. I have been very suspicious of attempts to have “health freedom” by labeling supplements with what they “cure” or “help” with. I’ve seen this as a BigPharma Trojan Horse. By getting more and more supplements, herbs and foods documented as healing items, BigPharma and the WTO are just setting the stage to take them away as “dangerous substances that need regulation.”

Some people say, “Who cares if they’re illegal? I’ll just grow my own.” Hey, so will I, but here’s the problem with that: if laws are on the books to be implemented, then the FDA and other organizations can raid your home or garden, by force, with M16s and take your plants away. They can legally incarcerate you for breaking the law. They can legally prevent you from treating cancer, even with your own organic foods and plants. They can legally force you to starve or eat genetically modified, pesticide-saturated Frankenfoods that will CAUSE the cancers with toxic pharmaceuticals as the only legal treatment.

Think of the people killed for growing marijuana illegally in Humboldt County, CA, and know that if your country becomes Codex Alimentarius compliant, then the same scenario could apply to growing something as innocuous as Italian seasoning. Ridiculous does not mean it won’t pass! Congress has several bills in the works now, and they are all designed to take away laws protecting consumer choice. Please let your legislators know where you stand.

In these videos, Dr. Rima explains the difference between Common Law and Napoleonic Code Law. Under Common Law, if something is not prohibited, then it’s permitted. Under Napoleonic Code Law, if something is not expressly permitted, then it is forbidden. In the US we still have Common Law for most foods and herbs. We still have choice. The EU is already shifting into Napoleonic Code Law with regard to herbs and supplements. Folks, this is already happening! But it’s not too late (quite yet) to prevent it from going any further. Please support people like Dr. Rima Laiboux and ANH who are actively fighting for rights most people don’t even realize they still have. Ya don’t know whatcha got until it’s gone. Trust me on this one: if there was ever something worth chiming in on, this is one you’ll wish you did.

Codex Alimentarius is already on the books, but there is still time to keep it from ruining our entire food chain. Once a country becomes “compliant,” they cannot get out of this contract; however, if local, state or national laws offer protections, then these can continue to keep Codex Alimentarius out of our lives. “The more people who are in ‘Codex Coma,’ the less trouble they have getting this through.” This is a BigPharma design to make everyone so sick through preventable nutritional deficiencies that they require massive amounts of toxic pharmaceuticals to “keep them alive.” The organizers of Codex, by their own calculations, estimate 3 billion deaths due to the implementation of these “guidelines.” THIS is why I keep beating the food sovereignty drum. Please educate your legislators. These videos will tell you how:

Helpful links: Alliance for Natural Health in Europe

ANH-USA

Health Freedom USA

As my regular blog readers know, I am also a huge fan of visualization and meditation. If we get caught up in feeling like victims and like we are fighting a system, then we just attract more of what we don’t want. In raising awareness about these issues, please also keep a focus on that which we DO want: health freedom, food sovereignty, the ability to choose natural remedies, the ability to enjoy nature in its natural state, and a return to balance on this insane planet. Eventually, I know Nature will win; in the long haul, Nature always does win. Humans are not required for Nature to win, though. In order to survive and certainly in order to thrive, humans will need to get more, not less in touch with Mother Earth and all the healing she has to offer. I wish each and every one of you blessed healing, awakening and peace.

Thanks for caring about yourselves and others!