CALL TO ACTION
**RESIST CORPORATE DOMINATION OF THE WORLD’S FOOD SUPPLY**
JUNE 23-25, SACRAMENTO,CALIFORNIA
The United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and the US State Department
have invited Ministers of Trade, Agriculture, and Health from 180 nations
to a Ministerial Conference and Expo On Agricultural Science and
Agriculture is currently one of the most contentious issues inside the WTO
where member countries can’t reach an agreement, making the Sacramento
Conference an important destination on the US government’s pre-Cancun WTO
itinerary. Sacramento is an equally important destination for anyone
concerned about genetically engineered foods, the rights of small farmers,
the environment and agricultural biotech companies controlling the world’s
food supply. It will take place in downtown Sacramento from June 23-25,
2003. Neither the Conference nor the Expo is open to the general public. In
response to these closed discussions of our food supply, a broad coalition
of community organizations from Northern California have come together to
organize an alternative convention in the streets of Sacramento.
COME TO SACRAMENTO
The Sacramento Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture is organizing a
response to the Conference and Expo. Events in Sacramento will include a
public demonstration and march, media events, street theater, public
education forums and literature, and non-violent direct actions. The
Sacramento Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture is made up of organic
farmers, family farmers, commercial/recreational fishers,
environmentalists, labor, religious, and economic/social justice groups.
We encourage everyone who is concerned about the corporate control of our
food to join our network and/or organize actions leading up to June 23-25.
Our intent is to non-violently confront the government and corporate
entities that control our food supply with an alternative to their
destructive, self-serving practices. People and ecosystems worldwide
already suffer the health, environmental and economic effects of industrial
agriculture. The same unaccountable global corporations which, in their
relentless quest for bigger and bigger profits, brought us the Roundup
Ready and Terminator seeds, the toxicity of Love Canal, the 30,000+
causalities of Bhopal and the ecological catastrophe of the Exxon Valdez
are now claiming to be on a quest to rid the world of hunger.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Seize this opportunity to demand safe, sustainable agriculture, the rights
of farmers to practice the time-tested traditional methods of their
forebears, and non-toxic, naturally grown food for every man, woman and
child on the planet.
Come to Sacramento this June to join this festival of resistance. If you
want more information or to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916)…
Web sites: www.biodev.org/sacramento and www.sacramentoministerial.org.
CALL FOR ENDORSEMENTS
Please call or email us if your organization would like to endorse this mobilization.