The Foot and Mouth - Full Public Enquiry March.
On Saturday 27th October there will be a march in Gloucester to demand a full public enquiry in to the government's handling of Foot and Mouth. Saturday 27th October March in Gloucester . Please meet at 12:30 pm. at the ASDA or B&Q car park. Turn off at junction 11 to Gloucester, turn right on A417 Over Causeway, left ring road St Oswalds Rd leads to Priory road, then Gouda Way into Black Dog Way into Brutom all part of ring road. Just past the station there is a sign to 'the superstore' and 'Metzs Way'. There is a pedestrian access via B&Q to The Park.
Gloucester is central and will provide an opportunity to meet others from around the country; until now just a voice on the end of a telephone.
At 2:30 pm we will march on the local government Building, Shire Hall in the town centre (DEFRA's building is sadly too far away).
Please bring banners drums, etc. to lend to a colourful yet hard hitting and powerful day of non-violent direct action.
We MUST all stick together and fight the appalling Welfare Cull which threatens to far outweigh the FMD crisis.
Our demand is simple. We want a full enquiry before we are all wiped out by large faceless conglomerates who are rapidly claiming our land and heritage.
The March will then continue to the huge Tesco next to the cattle market, where locally grown produce will be displayed on stalls.
THE SUPERMARKET EVIL
Please photocopy 100s and distribute widely, HELP SAVE OUR CULTURE!
The 5 biggest supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Safeway, Sainsburys and Somefield) control around 70% of UK food trade. Unless we act soon, these companies, and the other Multinational agri-businesses (such as Unilever, Monsanto, Nestle and Cargill) will control the entire food chain from farm to fork.
2 POWERFUL UNDEMOCRATIC FRIENDS
The all-powerful, undemocratically elected World Trade Organisation (WTO), the CAP, our own UK government and its crony, the National Farmer's Union (NFU) wholeheartedly support Big Business. They support agribusiness including pesticide corporations, pharmaceuticals companies and the globalised movement of food over small environmentally sustainable farms.
We import practically the same as we export with regard to sheep, pig products and milk.
THIS RESULTS IN ...
Increased risks of transmitting diseases such as FMD and Swine Fever globally. Intensive farming practices cause a threat to human health such as salmonella, BSE and e. coli.
Phenomenal pollution results from air, land and sea transportation, ludicrous excessive food packaging and the deadly chemicals abundantly applied on large monoculture orientated farms, and is one of the biggest contributors to the rapidly escalating climate changes.
6 APPALING ANIMAL WELFARE
The EU imports live animals from as far away as Africa and South America. Many of the Big corporations have no love for animals and treat them as mere commodities, frequently flouting basic animal rights.
7 HUMAN DEATH
The chemical-ridden, near-sterilised soil deficient in vital minerals and vitamins is a major cause of CANCER. The problem is, doctors get struck off for seriously promoting nutrition. Healthily grown leeks and cabbages cannot be patented i.e. pharmaceutical companies would lose money!. 1 in 3 males in the U.K. are destined for cancer. Who are the real terrorists on this planet?. Supermarkets are filled with cheap nutritionless food. Plus don't trust the "Organic" imports on the shelves - see http//:www.phillinday.com
8 THE DEATH OF SMALL FARMS
Small farms using dung for vegetables are HEALTHY and rich in minerals and vitamins. Such farms are now dying thanks to FMD and "loaded"economics. Also, as Blair was due to announce vaccination for housed cattle against FMD this spring it was Asda and Nestle who said they'd refuse to accept vaccinated products ( despite us accepting vaccinated products from 26 other countries world wide!). VACCINATION WORKS, is far cheaper than slaughter and SAFE. The consequence was farmers feared their vaccinated produce would be unsaleable, and many more millions of healthy livestock were killed unnecessarily ..... Oh, and by coincidence, multinational food chains can now import more cheap, often hormone implanted, carcenogenic meat from the Americas and Eastern Europe. Big industrial farms will survive, most small farms won't. Our dealings/legislation with FMD and BSE mirrors perfectly our overall TRAGIC LOVE OF MONEY OVER AND ABOVE LIFE- both animal AND human.
9. MASS STARVATION IN THE THIRD WORLD
'Free Trade' results in farmers in third world countries finding their land turned over to plantations supplying export crops rather than being able to grow food to guarantee their own food security. The multinationals that own these plantations happily use pesticides banned in Europe and pay workers next to nothing. It's no wonder that European and US small farmers can't compete.
10 HUGE JOB LOSSES
The supermarkets' own research states one new supermarket results in the loss of 276 jobs in the local area -inclusive of those it creates.
11 SUPERMARKETS DESTROY THE SOIL, SOCIETY AND SOUL
Having lost their jobs, the proud independent small farmers, the heart of rural Britain, will soon be working on mind numbing, spirit crushing bar-coded checkout tills for some faceless multinational boss "...Would you like to use the points on yer savers card sir?"
THE FUTURE - OUR GOVERNMENT TO...
12 REGULATE OUR BORDERS
Revoke article 44 introduced by our beloved WTO to banish the "Rome agreement" which allows a country to shut its borders on "welfare considerations." We are currently killing 1000s of animals per day because we can't move or sell them while exports roll in by the lorry load. We incinerate or bury our health animals whilst many afghans starve.
13 TAX DAMAGING INPUTS
Introduce large taxation on environmentally damaging inorganic fertiliser, herbicide and pesticide. The NFU has teamed up with pesticide manufacturers to oppose such a plan! See
14 DE-REGULATE SUPERMARKET REGULATIONS
Encourage small Eco-friendly, sustainable farms selling produce locally. E.g. allow them to sell an odd shaped carrot with mud on it!
15 EXPOSE GROSS MIDDLE MAN PROFITS
Compulsory introduction of transparency clauses (mark up) in supermarkets as in Europe, and access to supermarkets by the monopolies commission. One local farmer recently sold a 25 Kg lamb to a supermarket for #16.00. The chops and legs etc. Retail at the shelves for #190.00, a mark-up of 12 times. Please don't be deceived by the supermarkets claims to support local. It's mere crumbs from the rich man's table to keep the public satisfied. They pay, e.g. a strawberry farmer the bare minimum, add a huge mark up and ruthlessly drop him if, for example, the quality drops even slightly. HUGE PROFIT is their SOLE MOTIVATION.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
BUY LOCAL BOYCOTT SUPERMARKETS!
Each one of you can make a huge difference. Supermarkets estimate we spend an average of #70,000 with them in our life. Please please shop with your feet. A new Tescos is being strongly proposed in Bideford. This will effectively finish off small businesses in this area. Please sign our petition against this on our website at http//:www.tapeley-park.uk-homepage.com. If you are keen to actively help in protests against the development, such as handing out leaflets, organising letter writing, an organic picnic site?, vigils, rallies up to lying in front of bulldozers!! Please let me have your name number and e-mail on our e-mail;