Landworker’s Alliance March Against Industrial Agribusiness, March For Healthy Food MEET AT BURY ST. EDMUNDS TRAIN STATION March To British Sugar Factory RECLAIM OUR FOOD SYSTEM Wednesday, April 29th 1PM LWA with Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Drawing by Robin Stratton Our current food system supports industrial agribusinesses like British Sugar PLC — and their £12 billion corporate owners: Associated British Food. It’s time to reclaim it! The industrial food system is bad for our health, bad for the climate, bad for wildlife, - and bad for farming. It is designed to benefit shareholders and big business, not the producers and consumers of food. British Sugar symbolizes the problem. - They have a monopoly on sugar beet processing, preventing any more ecological production. - Profits accrue to the shareholders of their parent company, not with their workers or the producing communities - It is highly dependant on fossil fuels, and chemical inputs, causing numerous environmental problems - And it is making a commodity that is causing serious health problems for society. 50% of children are forecast to be obese by 2050. Yet we subsidise sugar beet farming at around £20 million/yr. We do need a UK sugar industry, and we do need subsidies to protect and support farmers. But shouldn’t subsidy be going to the kind of farming that benefits us all? At present 90% of fruit and 45% of vegetables consumed in the UK are imported. Small producers are in a strong position to increase domestic production of fruit and vegetables, and yet farms of under 5 hectares get no subsidies at all. Small scale, ecological farmers provide healthy fruit and veg, carbon sequestration, more biodiversity and more employment. That’s what we should be supporting. RECLAIM OUR FOOD SYSTEM We want to level the playing field. Cap subsidies at €150,000 - so that small-scale farmers can play a bigger role in the open market. We want a food system that makes us healthy, and doesn’t push cheap sugar products down our throats. We need a National Food Policy based on food sovereignty principles. This would diversify production, create resilient rural economies and provide a living wage to food producers, growers, distributors and those working in the food industry. It would also make access to local food easier and more affordable to UK families Who are Landworkers’ Alliance? LWA is the UK branch of a global food movement called La Via Campesina, an international group that is active in 73 countries and represents 200 million farmers globally. We work to raise the profile of the role of small-scale producers and family farms. In doing this we campaign for better policy to support small-scale producers and family farms, agroecology and food sovereignty.
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