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Please come to Sacramento - A call from the Global South.

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  • james_feldmann
    We, the undersigned organizations representing the peoples of the South, call on concerned individuals and organizations especially those within the United
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      "We, the undersigned organizations representing the peoples of the
      South, call on concerned individuals and organizations especially
      those within the United States to join us in the global popular
      protests against the Sacramento Ministerial meeting."
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      That quote is from a call to action from farmers and activist from
      the Global South. This ministerial happening in Sacramento is
      proporting to serve the poor and feed all the peoples of the world,
      yet the world's poorest people are calling on us to protest this
      meeting. Who's right? You be the judge. Make sure and get to the
      endorsing groups at the bottom of the document. Hope to see you in
      Sacramento!

      www.sacmobilization.org
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      June 2003 USDA Ministerial in Sacramento, California:
      Call to Action from the Global South

      From June 23-25th 2003 the Ministers of Trade, Agriculture and
      Environment from 180 nations, including all member states of the
      World Trade Organization (WTO), are invited to meet in Sacramento,
      California, at a summit hosted by the United States Department of
      Agriculture (USDA), USAID, and the U.S. State Department. An "Expo
      on Agricultural Science and Technology" will run concurrently with
      the Ministerial to host multinational agribusiness and biotechnology
      corporations.

      This summit will promote industrial models of agriculture that enrich
      transnational and large-scale agribusiness interests while
      undermining the food security, food sovereignty, participation and
      welfare of the impoverished and disenfranchised peoples of the
      global South. It will push for a consensus on the review of the
      Agreement on Agriculture of the WTO in time for the 5th Ministerial
      Meeting in Cancun, Mexico. It will break the people's resistance
      especially from the South that has blocked the promotion of genetic
      engineering. Through this meeting transnational corporations (TNCs)
      will tighten their collaboration with governments to expand the use
      of the untested and unlabeled products of agricultural
      biotechnology, which pose extraordinary risks to public health,
      farmer independence and the environment.

      We, the undersigned organizations representing the peoples of the
      South, call on concerned individuals and organizations especially
      those within the United States to join us in the global popular
      protests against the Sacramento Ministerial meeting.

      The people's rejection, whether from the North or the South, of
      corporate globalization in agriculture does not stand in the way of
      development and advancement of technology. Like the so-called Green
      Revolution before it, agricultural biotechnology, like any
      technology, cannot hope to solve the problem of hunger in the
      absence of measures to address the social and political conditions
      that appropriate the resources of the poor. From our experience,
      these technologies in the hands of TNCs often become weapons of
      oppression and more hunger for our peoples.

      We join in solidarity with those who question of objectives of and
      oppose this meeting. We urge peoples and their governments to focus
      on ecological agricultural alternatives that ensure food sovereignty
      and sustainable development for all.

      Signers to date:

      All Nepal Peasants' Association (ANPA)
      All Nepal Women Association (ANWA)
      Alternative Agriculture Network (AAN)
      AMIHAN
      Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union
      Banteay Srei
      BIOTHAI
      Borneo Resource Institute Malaysia (BRIMAS)
      Brotherhood of IRRI Support Services Group (BISSIG)
      Cambodian Centre for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC)
      Citizens Alliance for Consumer Protection of Korea (CACPK)
      Community Education Centre (CEC)
      Federation of Indonesian Peasant Union (FSPI)
      Farmer Initiatives for Ecological Livelihood and Democracy (FIELD)
      Indonesia
      Forum for Biotechnology & Food Security
      Forum Komunikasi dan Informasi Petani di Jawa (FKIP)
      GABRIELA
      Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN) Philippines
      Gita Pertiwi
      IBON Foundation
      Indian Institute of PARA Legal Studies
      Indonesian IPM Farmers' Association (IPPHTI)
      Innabuyog (Alliance of Indigenous Women's Organizations in
      Cordillera)
      Institute for Motivating Self-Employment (IMSE)
      Kalikasan-People's Network for the Environment
      Khoj Research and Publication Centre
      Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP)
      Kudumbam - LEISA Network
      Lembah Selonjono
      Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Ikauunlad ng Agham Pangagrikultura
      (MASIPAG)
      Management Institute of Social Change (MINSOC)
      Movement For National Land And Agricultural Reform (MONLAR)
      National Fish workers Forum (NFF)
      National Fisheries Solidarity Network for Safe and Secure Food and
      the
      Environment (NESSFE)
      PAMALAKAYA
      PAN Africa
      PAN Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP)
      PAN Philippines
      PERBUNNI
      Pesticide Eco-Alternatives Centre Yunnan Thoughtful Action(PEAC)
      Roots for Equity
      Rural Leaders Training Center
      Rural Reconstruction Alumni and Friends Association (RRAFA)
      Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)
      Samahan ng Nagtataguyod ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Sambayanan
      (AGHAM)
      Serikat Petani Kabupaten Sikka (SPKS)
      Serikat Petani Sumatera Selatan (SPSS)
      Sibol Ng Agham At Teknolohiya (SIBAT)
      Society for Rural Education and Development (SRED)
      South Asian Peasants Coalition (SAPC)
      South East Asia Regional Institute for Community Education (SEARICE)
      Tenaganita
      Thanal Conservation & Information Network
      The project on rural ecological development
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