Friday, 17 July 2009

Cargill, soyabenas, amazon, european pigs

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UK Food Group event, Co-hosted with Friends of the Earth and Sustain.

3:00 — 5:00pm, Dayton Suite, Friends House, London

Keynote speaker: Father Edilberto Sena, Brazilian Priest in Amazonia

"We are small and we are fighting multinationals like Cargill - people who are using soya as a commodity. But I'm sure there are at least 200,000 Amazonians listening to my broadcast. Our objective is to educate the people, provide critical and objective news." — Fr Edilberto Sena.

This is an opportunity to hear the dynamic Fr Sena, both a Roman Catholic priest — influenced by Liberation Theology — and a campaigner who is seeking to defend Amazonia against land-grabbers, loggers, ranchers and agribusiness multinationals.

He is, in particular, well known for his opposition to the Cargill Corporation's construction of a 'port' in the city of Santarem, Para, for storing and exporting soya for animal feed — soya grown by destroying the rain forest. Father Edilberto Sena is also station manager of Rural Radio and features in Felicity Lawrence's recent book:Eat your Heat Out (Penguin, 2008).

Fr Sena will ask why Amazonia feeds Europe yet leaves her people poorer — what's going on?

Soya cultivation, almost entirely for animal feed, has emerged as a leading threat to global biodiversity. In Brazil alone, soya — much of it genetically-modified and heavily treated with the herbicide RoundUp — is cultivated on an area the size of Great Britain. This has devastated natural vegetation, threatened local livelihoods by displacing hundreds of small farmers, and weakened the production of staple food crops in the region.

With global demand for soya rapidly increasing due to growing demand for agrofuels and animal feed, and the limited area available for expansion on existing land, soya plantations are leading the expansion of agriculture into the forests and grasslands in Brazil and other countries.

Place: Friends House, Drayton Room, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ (Click for Map here)

Agenda: Keynote introduction by Father Sena; Q&A; Discussion. Chaired by Patrick Mulvany.

1:30 — 2:30pm - UK Food Group Annual Meeting (UKFG members only)

2:30pm Registration and Coffee
Registration essential: please email geraldine@ukfg.org.uk

Further information: see www.ukfg.org.uk .

This meeting will be preceded by the UK Food Group Annual Meeting at 1:30pm — UKFG members only (details circulated separately.)

Geraldine Galvaing
Co-ordinator
UK Food Group
94 White Lion Street,
London, N1 9PF, UK
T: +44 (0)20 7713 5813
M: +44 (0)7972 685 181
E: geraldine@ukfg.org.uk
F: +44 (0)20 7837 1141
Web: www.ukfg.org.uk

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