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8 de octubre de 2014 | | |

French farmers occupy headquarters of agribusiness multinational Cargill: photo gallery

To denounce the imminent signing of CETA and to demand to stop negotiations on the TTIP, the Confédération Paysanne -the second largest farmer union in France, occupied on September 24 the headquarters of Cargill FR, the first food processing multinational in the world.

Hundreds of activists unfurled a banner of 25mx10m in front of the head office, with the following message: "Holland, Juncker, Obama: don’t offer farmers and citizens to multinationals. Stop TTIP / CETA". The activists occupied buildings and the trading floor the whole day, until they obtained an appointment with the office of the French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Matthias Fekl.

These agreements are a major threat for French, European and North American agriculture and food. Their conclusion would accelerate the destruction of small scale farms, the only ones able to guarantee jobs in rural areas, good food and to preserve the environment.

Inevitably they will be replaced by factories (as the 1000 milk cow factories that are being resisted in France), namely their perfect antithesis. Furthermore, these agreements will strengthen multinational domination, in law and in fact, over the farmers and citizens around the world.

Confederation Paysanne calls for a mass rally to block factory farms and free trade agreements to prevent these kinds of dynamics that kill alternatives and great projects, especially for food and agriculture.

In addition, they confirm that six unionists (farmers) and three activists will be sued before a criminal court on October 28th, in Amiens (north of France) because they participated in civil disobedience actions a year ago to block this industrialization of agriculture. They also call to express solidarity with the French activists and farmers through: http://www.confederationpaysanne.fr.

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