Two international figures came out last week to make serious statements about farm and food freedom. Sir Julian Rose and the ICPPC Manifesto and Michael Schmidt with his Edmonton Declaration. Michael sent me his and Julian sent his to Kimberly Hartke. I thought it appropriate to tie these two together–Augie
The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) held their Anniversary conference this past weekend. The Manifesto for 21st Century Food and Farming “Farming for the People with the People”was circulated there and was submitted to Hartke is Online! by their co-director, Sir Julian Rose.
Sir Rose, a strong advocate/activists for real farming and raw milk, gives the Manifesto which states:
Continuing to adhere to the present corporate and state controlled food and farming regimes means that:
- Farmer’s time honoured right to save their seeds and to cultivate, distribute and trade the produce resulting from these seeds will continue to be subverted, curtailed and stolen.
- People’s right to perpetuate the biodiversity of locally adapted native plants, herbs and animals for culinary, medicinal and general environmental health will be denied.
- People’s rights to gain lawful access to unused or barren land for the purpose of growing food for their own consumption in ways that do not harm the environment will be blocked.
- People’s time honoured right to carry on the daily operations of good farming practice unhindered by state and corporate power structures, will be denied.
We call for a people led and people owned renaissance of agriculture. One which will liberate the creativity and ingenuity of man and draw inspiration from the time honoured peasant and family farming practices that still form the foundation of self sufficient, sustainable and ecological agricultural production throughout the world.
Read the brief Manifesto submitted at Hartke is Online!
The Edmonton Declaration by Michael Schmidt
The following document was presented at Michael Schmidt’s news conference on the steps of the Alberta Legislature recently:
“Agriculture has been the backbone of Canada. History has taught us that a healthy Agri-culture is able to feed all the people and therefore creates a healthy and socially stable environment.
At the turn of the last century 70% of our Canadian population was actively involved in farming.
Today we have only 2% of the population left working on farms.
80% of them have to have another job to keep their farm going.
The average age of today’s farmers is 56 and hardly any young farmer can afford to start farming.
Corporate farming has taken over food production and multi national corporations control most of the farming inputs, food processing and distribution.
Food safety regulations and production standards are passed based on intensive lobby powers by those who control the current food chain.