Informing civil society about products derived from genetically modified organisms and boycotting their cultivation and sale.
The Zero GMO Coordination Committee is a peaceful, non-profit movement that was founded in November 2013 in the province of Veneto. To date there are 47 associations, including WWOOF Italia, a few farms and many individuals that adhere to this movement.
Our objective is to oppose the cultivation of GMOs, to protect biodiversity, to ensure a better source of food and to encourage sustainable, healthy and environmentally-friendly farming.
What we do:
- lobby at markets, on the streets and in factories that produce animal feed requesting the abolition of transgenic components (soybean – maize) used in the feed.
- raise public awareness through distribution of informative pamphlets.
- organize flash mobs in front of supermarkets asking for more transparent food labeling, restoration of food supply chains and the boycotting of GMO products.
- We ask for Municipalities to adopt the slogan;
‘GMO FREE MUNICIPALITY’
- We meet with regional institutions.
- We participate in the 2015 campaign against TTIP, the proposed USA-UE Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, against the potential erosion of the environment, health-welfare and the right to work decrees; which is to the advantage of the multinational corporations.
For further information:
The quality of life begins with good food
Do the CETA CHECK: Ask Members of the European Parliament to vote against the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA). Let’s remove the secrecy behind the CETA vote and bring it out into the open! After all, that’s how democracy works.
Roberto Salustri, coordinator of the Amatrice 2.0 inizitive - the sun after the storm, has informed me that he is organizing a group of volunteers for a shift in Amatrice and surroundings the 3 and 4 December.
Anyone wishing more information may contact him directly https://amatriceduepuntozero.wordpress.com/partecipare/
People who are willing to help out will be educated and trained for their own and others' safety.
Other friends and associates are mobilizing to deliver hay in the area or to help members and non-members to recall the practicability of their homes. It would be useful to find hay (and straw) in areas as close as possible to the affected areas to avoid wasting resources in long-haul transport.
There has been useful information on caravans or campers that can be made available for those who cannot sleep in a house whilst waiting to provide accommodation in housing units.
On 25 and 26 November - as part of an initiative VieWwoof project - there will be a walk in Sabina (Rieti) to identify and map walkways that connect the train station Civita Castellana-Magliano with the host Convento S. Andrea Collevecchio, via the hostfarm Le Spinose in Magliano Sabina.
AMATRICE 2.0 - IL SOLE DOPO LA TEMPESTA (THE SUN AFTER THE STORM)
Project for the support of local communities using Transition Town and permaculture methods. For an ecological rebirth of and solidarity for the areas affected by the earthquake in Amatrice and surrounding area.
“A tree in our hearts”
There is nothing more revolutionary than planting a tree, it is such a strong gesture that it changes history.
The heart of Sicily, land of wheat, vines, olive and almond trees; a land of sulphur, limestone and salt. A land warmed by the ever-present sun, a fertile land that is sadly turning into desert. A land that has forgotten its native trees which are no longer part of the landscape: monoculture farming, widespread uncontrolled grazing, forest fires and incorrect forestry practices have lead to soil exhaustion and wiped the trees out. They have also disappeared from people's memories and from their culture.
In 2008 about a dozen young people decided to pay a tribute to their land by starting to plant trees such as downy and holm oaks, ash, Mediterranean hackberry and many other varieties. Within 6 years they had planted 11,400 trees in the regions of Caltanisetta, Palermo and Catania. Most often on private land, but sometimes on common land as in the case of the town of San Cataldo (CL), which has foreseen the forestation of a 30 hectare public park.
There are very few protected areas where the tree species can be propagated and the volunteers objective is to plant them here and there – scattered patchily in inland Sicily. Undoubtedly the difference between 0 and 1 is immense: the cultivation begins with trees that then grow up to be the “mothers” of the other trees in an area where there were none before and so the propagation begins.
How and why
Our goal is ambitious: to bring back the original woods to the heart of Sicily and its people. We organize seed collections, transplanting of trees, educational initiatives for schools, conferences with the institutions and cultural events so that the message of “A tree in our hearts” is loud and clear.
For further information:
A harmonious balance between commitment and leisure
Social Audit Report
A process that allows us to better understand our reality,
thanks to a deep analysis of working methods and the social value of the work done.
What is it?
The social audit report involves all members of the association and describes who we are, what we do, why we do it, which objectives were achieved and what resources were used. It is a way of evaluating the present and of determining future objectives, for communicating with members and non-members alike.
Unlike formal bookkeeping and accounting, the social audit report permits:
• a thorough understanding of WWOOF Italia.
• verification and statement of that which we create in respect to our social objectives.
• the planning of our association's future objectives.
• significant and judicious internal and external communication;
• Creating a solid means to give voice to and to facilitate active participation of members and non-members.
What do we need it for?
It is a useful tool to deal with internal, problematic organizational issues, to make visible to ourselves and to third parties the social value of what we do and to cultivate alliances with those who share our values.
For more details:
WWOOF Italia has entrusted the Mag6 group with the task of training the volunteers who have chosen to carry through this project. Continuous effort is needed to collect and to work through all the essential data.
A school of awareness and mutual help
I'm looking for people foraging full time as a way of being and eating as close as possible to nature in Italy
if you know people doing so in the north of Italy, in other close regions or in the Mediterranean, please put us in touch
now and in the future
371 1919 301
c/o famiglia Fadin
via Amatore Sciesa 25
The Federation of WWOOF Organizations (FoWO) purposes to unite, promote, protect and support the WWOOF movement around the world.
The Federation of WWOOF Organizations (FoWO) was founded in 2013 after a series of international meetings organized to promote a global cooperation between the various WWOOF organizations. Currently about 40 National WWOOF organizations adhere to FoWO, as well as members of the 60 countries coordinated by WWOOF Independents.
The members of this young organization are learning how to manage a complex myriad of issues regarding sharing and cooperation between participating countries. FoWO's main purpose is to make sure that the WWOOF community abides by the principles on which it was founded.
Some of the achievements of FoWO:
The creation of global cooperation between WWOOF organizations, a FoWo logo and identity, a FoWo newsletter, global insurance for WWOOFers and a “WWOOF 2020” development program.
Setting standards and procedures for potential new coordinators
and helping WWOOF organizations which are in difficulty.
Financial support to encourage participation at international meetings.
Living and Learning on Organic Farms.
This is a major project funded by Erasmus+ - the European Community fund dedicated to young people. The objective is the creation of a virtual open source platform regarding natural agriculture, sustainable living lifestyles and voluntary work. It has been entrusted to the International WWOOF community and in the autumn there will be a publication online.
Networking is a new wealth