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With only a few weeks left to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and with the reform of the European Common Agricultural Policy looming ahead in 2013, several youth networks from across the EU have launched a joint initiative to mobilize citizens in support of a fair and ecological agrarian reform. Major European food and agriculture organisations have endorsed it.

This campaign is aligned with the principles and public policy recommendations spelled out by the World Agricultural Report, a document carefully researched and penned over four years by an international panel of 400 experts (IAASTD), and endorsed by 59 governments in 2008. Public policy has yet to follow.

A similar campaign is growing in the United States of America, with a petition that is designed to put an end to the destructive practices of the American agriculture industry, and to pave the way for a new system to emerge.

Transforming agriculture and the food system through public policy is a massive task, and all of us are in this for the long haul. Rio+20 is our first milestone and we think of it as the launch platform for our efforts. Our goal is to find partners who will take this initiative to their country, and grow the movement there.

Between now and June 20, let’s grow the European campaign one signature at a time. Let our common voice rise and be heard. Please SIGN THE PETITION NOW, and spread this call through your networks.


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