AVSF invites you to a sizzling ”hot” party!

To protest the negative effects that global warming has on small-scale livestock farmers, AVSF invites you to attend a ”hot” party starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the Place des Terreaux in Lyon. The event will feature: Super-cow, an artistic performance, a big fresco painted in real time, street theater, etc.

Smallholders: the main victims of climate change
The VSF Europa collective is launching a European campaign that will focus on the struggles that small-scale livestock farmers face with respect to global warming. From April 15 to 22, 2012, several rallies will be organized throughout Europe – in France, Belgium, Italy, and the Czech Republic. The French rally will coincide with the International Day of the Peasant’s Struggle, on April 17, at the Place des Terreaux in Lyon, starting at 6 p.m.

Don’t confuse [small] producers with [big] polluters
According to the FAO’s World Livestock 2011 report, 120 million people depend on their livestock in order to ensure their food security. Unlike intensive farming, the hundreds of millions of small producers throughout the world, who are actually helping to combat global warming, are the ones who are suffering the most from climate change.

Greenhouse-gas emissions are the main cause of climate change.
Livestock farming, as a whole, accounts for 18% of greenhouse-gas emissions. However, the contribution of small-scale livestock farming must not be confused with that of intensive livestock farming, which consumes large quantities of fossil fuels.
As a European network serving a global cause, AVSF belongs to the VSF Europa collective, which assists small-scale livestock farmers in their efforts to curb climate change and also works to reduce poverty and malnutrition. On April 17, VSF Europa is kicking off an international campaign that will last through 2013.
Follow the campaign at www.smallscalefarming.org

Press contact: Katia Roesch // 06 44 09 12 49


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