Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our Food, Our Farmers - Let's support Kisan Swaraj Yatra

Today, the food that we eat and the farmers who grow our food are both in crisis. Food freedom lies in the hands of each one of us. So, if you wish for safe quality food come forward to support the Kisan Swaraj Yatra.

The Kisan Swaraj Yatra which left Gujarat on Oct 2nd has already made its way through 6 states to Tamil Nadu. I just signed their online petition to support their efforts on behalf of Indian farmers.

Thousands of people around India are joining the Yatra to mobilize support for the farmers who grow our food, and to address the crisis of our agriculture and food systems which is affecting the farmers' livelihoods, the environment and everyone's health. This bus Yatra started at Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on Oct 2nd and is traveling through 20 states to reach Delhi on Dec 11th – involving lakhs of farmers, farm workers, social activists, students and urban consumers.

Please join me in signing this petition, and in writing to all your friends and family to join the cause:

We all need to force the government to take a new approach to agriculture that ensures dignified livelihoods for the farmers and promotes sustainable farming. What is refreshing is that the Kisan Swaraj Yatra doesn’t see the problems of agriculture as just those of a distant farmer community in rural India, but as intimately connected to all of us as citizens and consumers. It is a question of the livelihoods of 700 million people; it is also a question of sustaining our health and environment.

In solidarity

Sangita Sharma

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