Green Party opposes corporate land grabs

By staff writers
September 16, 2013

The Green Party in England and Wales has proposed specific measures that it wants the UK Government to take to ensure that indigenous people and small holders are not removed from land they own.

There is also a concern about the erosion of customary communal right by corporations, sovereign and pensions funds, and other multinationals producing agrofuels and agricultural commodities for export, instead of food for the local population.

The issue has been debated at the party's Autumn conference, from 13-16 September 2013, at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton.

Derek Wall, the Green Party's international co-ordinator commented: “Millions of acres of land are being stolen from indigenous people and farmers across the world. By passing this motion the Green Party has taken a stand against such thefts.”

Green Party policy now urges the UK Government to oppose the sourcing of imported biofuels from crops. It rejects the imposition of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements to ACP countries, since they accelerate the dispossession of small family farmers as well as their very fragile small industries.

The Greens also want the UK to suspend temporarily trade preferences on agricultural products in cases where human rights abuses are identified in the framework of land concessions.

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