From the Via Campesina statement:
"Capital is appropriating our territories. Hence, we must respond by turning the struggle for land into a struggle for territory. This will require forging unions between—on one side—peasant farmers, day laborers, indigenous peoples, nomad shepherds, artisan fishermen, forest peoples and other rural communities, and—on another—city dwellers, especially those in suburban communities and consumers. It will require producing healthy food using agroecology and know-how handed down from our ancestors and steeped in popular traditions. We must show that land in community hands is better for society and Mother Earth than land which is at the mercy of capital."
i appreciate that as a practical matter, it makes sense for the peasant farmers and smallholders organized globally under Via Campesina to directly seek alliances with city dwellers and consumers against the transnational and sovereign land grabs and their financiers.
i believe that the modern urban consumerist lifestyle, currently almost totally reliant on transnational industrial commodity agriculture, is thoroughly unsustainable, and not in the long term but in the near term.
But i also think that many of what are now modern urban consumers, will soon need to become modern ecological agriculturalists, agroecologists, permaculture practitioners, if humanity is to have any chance to avert ecological catastrophe.
i also think that the financiers, profiteers, corporatists and profiteers who have constructed the current regime of transnational industrial commodity agriculture, will not easily be removed from their seats of power simply by organizing "market resistance movements" of peasant farmers, smallholders, and enlightened consumers, but will also need to be directly confronted by organized popular movements that have strategies and tactics to complete a transition from corporate globalism as the organizing principle, to a web of locally-rooted ecological communitarianism.
And i fear that city-dwellers, suburban communities and consumers are very uncertain allies for "peasant farmers, day laborers, indigenous peoples, nomad shepherds, artisan fishermen, forest peoples and other rural communities."
Most of us in these threads are in the urban, suburban and consumer categories. Please think about how we can be solid, solidary allies to these peasant movements, to reclaim territory and transform agriculture from the corporate industrial commodifiers and land-grabbing states and corporations.