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Published on Mar 12, 2012
Representatives from 30 European countries gathered in Brussels 5-7 March 2012 to promote food sovereignty in front of the European institutions. The intensive meeting among organisations on how to implement concrete actions, build networks and communicate informations at local, national, regional and European level has been followed by a conference about CAP and Food Sovereignty at the Committee of Regions. By a theatrical scene showing the corporate control of the food system, the participants underlined the capacities of people and farmers to resist and transform the food and farmers situation in the future. This week's meeting in Brussels is part of a broad movement throughout Europe that follows up the European Forum on Food Sovereignty in Krems, Austria, in August 2011, where over 400 people met, coming from the whole European region. "The model of production dominating European food systems is controlled by corporate interests and is based on concentrated power, monocultures, patented seeds and livestock breeds," says the Nyeleni Europe 2011 Synthesis Report and Action Plan, released this week in Brussels. Food Sovereignty "Focuses on Food for People, Values Food Providers, Localises Food Systems, Puts Control Locall, Builds Knowledge and Skills, Works With Nature" as a first international forum on Food Sovereignty stated in 2007.