Tuesday, July 3, 2012

[SDCPJ] Fri July 6th: People’s Conference - Food Freedom or NAFTA on Steroids?

People's Conference

Food Freedom or NAFTA on Steroids?
-- Meet Ben Burkett, President of the National Family Farm Coalition
-- Discussion: Significance of Food Sovereignty and Food Justice

Friday, July 6th, 6:30–8:30 pm

@ Peace Resource Center
3850 Westgate Place, San Diego

Special Guest:
Ben F. Burkett is president of the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) in the U.S., and a cooperative-marketing-specialist member of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund. Ben is a former Indian Springs manager of 16 years and current director of the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, the local arm of The Federation of Southern Cooperatives.  Ben is a farmer and community activist. He is a board member of the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC).

Ben represents the NFFC on the Via Campesina Food Sovereignty Comission. La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature. La Via Campesina comprises about 150 local and national organizations in 70 countries from Africa, Asia,
Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.

Event Sponsored by: Coalition to STOP TPP -- http://www.stoptpp.org
Hosted by: Peace Resource Center of San Diego -- http://www.prcsd.org
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