April 17th – The People’s Market


Every Little Helps

local, healthy, organic, sustainable, affordable food

April 17th 11 am TESCOS carpark, Seaton, Devon

April 17 is the International Day of Peasant Struggle, commemorating the massacre of 19 peasants struggling for land and justice in Brazil in 1996. Every year on that day actions take place around the world in defence of small-scale farmers struggling for their rights. This year over 250 actions are being held across the world by members of the grassroots farmers alliance- Via Campesina. As farmers, smallholders, agricultural workers, producers and local shop keepers in Southwest, UK we are standing in solidarity with farmers across the world for this day of action in support of a sustainable food system.

Our small market is here to highlight the difference in food which is produced in a fair and healthy way – where the profits from its production, processing and distribution go to the workers and the community.

Supermarkets move into areas, like this picturesque part of Devon- where there is an abundance local farms and shops- and drives them out of business by undercutting them on price and “convenience” -forming a monopoly on the food system.

The food produced on sale at supermarkets are produced on farms where farmers are given a low price for their product and workers are sometimes exploited.

The agribusinesses that supply the supemarket economy pollute the environment with the nitrate fertilizers and herbicides that are used in their farming systems.

Workers at supermarkets earn minimal wages while the profits from sales go to the heads of the company.

People go to supermarkets instead of supporting local producers, making it difficult for us to earn our livelihood on the land.

We are here to inspire people to have discussions on food and agriculture issues and to give the public a glimpse of the growing movement to take back control of our food and agriculture.

Reject corporate control of our food and agriculture!

Buy from small farmers and local shops

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