The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) calls on the European Commission to propose to member states a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use.
Deadline to sign is 15th June
Week of study and field work in the wwoofitalia spirit of educating and working together for the alliance between nature and agriculture.
In the Tuscan Maremma, province of Grosseto, municipality of Scansano, Pomonte: Podere Veranello, Giancarlo Buccis WWOOF farm, from Saturday 3 June to Saturday 10 June.
The study and work will be devoted to acquiring the knowledge and practical application of a TERRITORIAL CUSTOMS AGREEMENT between a landowner and environmental technicians. It is a tool that disseminates and employs environmental principles and methods of conservation and design to make land ownership a natural common good in which people live and grow, for subsistence and income, as members of a persistent ecosystem. From a wider territorial view, one moves to the characteristics of the farm to interpret its natural tendencies and coordinate it with the needs of those who are care for it. They collect knowledge of landscape architecture, environmental survey and design, environmental policy, hydrogeology, ecological indicators of land and wood water, naturalistic engineering, natural agriculture, social initiative for collaborative work. With spades and wheelbarrows, work is carried out to preserve and purify the water and to support the spontaneous renaturalisation of uncultivated areas. You work in the cooler hours of the day and study in the warmer hours and in the evening, with times of restful conviviality and recreation. You take turns for cleaning and cooking, staying in Giancarlo's house, accessible by public transport or viewwoof routes, and eat seasonal, organic and locally produced food. You pay a minimum contribution to cover the costs, looking for a solution so as not to exclude people who can't pay.
Created by the Wwoofitalia Territory Working Group. Dino Chiaraviglio, Francesco Bifulco, Francesco Francisci, Giancarlo Bucci, Marina Pischedda.
In Togo, especially in the high agricultural production area, deforestation has led to the destruction of 2/3 of the forest.
This imbalance in the environment is now the main cause of the fall in precipitation in the region. This directly affects agricultural production and farmers' income. This will lead to the total disappearance of the forest in 10 years.
This year the WWOOF Togo Association celebrates its 5th anniversary. Togo's WWOOF team decided to intervene in favour of the area where the association was founded in 2012.
They want to produce and plant trees in public places (schools, hospitals, etc.) and in surrounding forests. Their goal is to plant and maintain about 5,000 trees this year.
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farms) is an exchange - in return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts provide food, accommodation, and the ability to get to know and educate about peoples lifestyles. WWOOF Organizations connect people who want to volunteer in organic or small farms with people who are available to engage in educational exchange with volunteers. The WWOOF movement was born in England in autumn 1971.
To get more information and make a donation go to https://www.youcaring.com/associationwwooftogo-781904
Support for Malles anti-pesticide rebels!
The village of Malles, in the province of Bolzano, is the first European municipality to ban pesticides from its territory.
But the provincial government is trying to stop it: in fact, Bolzano intends to deprive the Municipalities of pesticide competence in order to render impossible any prohibition at local level. Malles's initiative must be supported if we want the village to reach its goal, thus becoming an example for other municipalities.
To make my contribution, I sent an e-mail to the governor Kompatscher, inviting him to back the ban on Malles and make it a model for the entire province of Bolzano.
Join the Malles initiative! Also send the message prepared by the Munich Institute for the Environment (in Italian):
Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty (HOTL4FS) is a collective campaign by 16 partners, including peasants and social movements, development and environmental NGOs, human rights organisations and research activists. read more
Recently Claudio had occasion to speak with José Maria who after having briefly talked about the situation they are facing told him
‘The biggest problem is not the natural events, as invasive or catastrophic as they are, nor the lack of money that we need, it is the cultural backwardness, the lack of understanding of local administrators who do not realize the very vital importance of agricultural farms in marginal areas.’
Maria Jose asks WWOOF and our members who are willing to give support not to send money to Fattoria Gioia but rather to support the cultural initiatives that she considers essential for a paradigm shift:
FAME d'ERBA: Musica, Arte e (agri)Cultura dall'Appennino per l’Appennino - Pescasseroli (AQ), 2-4 giugno 2017.
You can learn more about this from the Facebook page
or on the Produzioni dal Basso page
On this last page you can directly participate in the fundraiser that in part will still be intended for the purchase of products from Fattoria Gioa.
We invite those who have the ability and desire to participate… WWOOF Italia has made its first contribution.
Course for the construction and restoration of dry stone stone walls - Vesima Valley - Genoa, Liguria.
Practical and theoretical course on building dry stone walls
WHERE? In the hills above Genoa, in the rural of Vesima valley, now littered with abandoned terraces and taken over by forest. The farm Sugarsu host is offering to host the course and offer accommodation for the participants.
WHY? Dry stone walling is a traditional practice which was passed from generation to generation, but which is almost forgotten today. The use of local stone has allowed the natural environment to stay intact. The walls provide an important support to eroded land and they are a habitat for many plant and animal species. It would be nice to bring the Valley Vesima back to the splendor of a time when almost all the land was terraced and maintained.
The course is for anyone interested - minimum and a maximum of 8 persons.
Organisation: Two masters of dry stone walling will run the course over 5 days
Day 1: theoretical basis, the importance of dry stone walls, how to build them.
Day 2, 3, 4, 5: the group will be split into two teams and put into practice the construction of two stone walls with the use of local stone.
The first will be an old wall to be restored: Participants then learn to disassemble a collapsed wall, select good stones and reconstruct the fallen parts.
The second wall will be built from scratch and you will be provided with the information for laying the foundations, from the excavation to the choice of the basic stones, then followed by the construction of the wall also paying particular attention to filling above the wall.
Sugarsu will offer a site to pitch tents with outdoor bathroom and compost toilet; meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
COST PER PERSON?
250 € including course, board and lodging.
The course will take place in June
Sharing is one of the key words to understand the essence of our Educational Centres. Family life, working in the fields and free time are all enriched by the arrival of travellers. Conviviality, collaboration and the exchange of knowledge are the ingredients to make this experience memorable.
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Why is this important?
Scientific evidence showing that glyphosate is dangerous is mounting. When a farmer sprays crops with glyphosate, the chemical enters the soil, leaches into the water and residues remain in the crop -- it’s in the food that we eat, the water we drink, and in our bodies.
Monsanto, Syngenta and the other pesticide companies are lobbying heavily to secure their cash cow. Let’s make sure our politicians stand up to them and protect our health and the environment, not the profits of big agri-business.
Glyphosate is only the tip of the iceberg -- we need to envision a world where all chemical pesticides are phased out. Europe’s politicians need to ensure that pesticide decisions are based on open and robust science, and enact policies to reduce pesticide use and promote ecological farming (eco-friendly solutions exist!) to protect farmers, consumers and the environment.
We have a unique opportunity to kickstart this change, because in 2017 the European Union will decide whether to allow the use of glyphosate for another 15 years.
Stop glyphosate. Sign now.