And this is but one month in the lives of peasants who are struggling to defend access to their land and their human rights. In a number of regions of the world, peasant struggles are violently repressed, resulting in hundreds of victims. Peasants are marginalized by economic and cultural globalization and the unfettered pursuit of profit with little consideration for human dignity.
Peasant struggles are as much about land rights as the right to save and exchange seeds. Peasants are fighting for their survival and to maintain a method of agricultural production whose goal is to feed the planet not generate profit. Canada must support the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee in its efforts to draft a declaration on the rights of peasants.
Supporting peasants in their struggles means supporting universal access to healthy, locally-produced food, which also helps to cool the planet. That is why, to mark the International Day of Peasant Struggles, Development and Peace reiterates its solidarity and support for all of its partners who are taking action so that peasants can make a dignified living by working the land.
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