Demonstration STOP G8 FUELLING HUNGER
Date(s) - 08/06/2013
9:30 am - 11:45 am
What is it: We’re going to plant a community garden in central London. So bring your barrows, plants, soil and seeds and show the world that food is for people and not for profit.
Why: On 8 June, in the lead up to the G8 forum, David Cameron is hosting a hunger summit in London. This summit is a meeting where some of the biggest corporations (including Monsanto, Cargill, Vodafone and Unilever) in the world are going to pledge millions to “stop” world hunger.
This is part of what is called the New Alliance on Food Security and Nutrition (called at the G8 last year). In actual fact, this New Alliance is going to be the vehicle to spread land grabbing and genetically modified crops across the African agricultural economy. African countries are going to be signed up to aid conditionalities that will open them up for private takeover of their land and seeds and further resource extraction. Civil society in Africa is not being consulted; their demands would be to put power into the hands of small producers not large corporations.
War on Want is working together with community food growers, radical NGOs and anti-corporate activists in the UK to make sure an alternative voice goes out on 8 June. With the IF campaign not doing enough to criticise the New Alliance, the hunger summit is set to give David Cameron his ‘make poverty history’ golden moment at the same time as signing away African people’s rights.
There must be action now to delegitimise this hunger summit and call for the real solutions to the food system set out in food sovereignty. This is why you must spread the word, do your local action or join us outside the Hunger Summit. The idea is to plant a community garden in Central London. This will demonstrate that food is a right for everyone not a commodity to make profit from. So bring your barrows, bring your plants, bring some soil and bring some seeds and show the world that food is for people not for profit.