Rural areas start crying for help in Brussels: “We are seeing the burial of our people and our lands”
It’s a cry for help. Not for the way of life, but for the life itself. The lives of people, but also of animals, plants and soil. This is the cry launched by various groups from the rural world who met with community officials in Brussels at a conference organized by the MEPs of La Izquierda María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (Unidas Podemos) and Marisa Matias (Bloco de Esquerda).
Pía Sánchez Fernández, from Ganaderas en Red, explains her life as “a love story about nature, pastures and me”. He studied law and then devoted himself to the world of banking for 26 years. “By 2012, La Caixa bought us and I left to dedicate myself to nature and extensive livestock in the Extremaduran pastures.”
“We want to break the chasm between the urban world of Brussels and the world of the land in shoes”, confirmed Sánchez Fernández: “This must be our battle in the future. We want to bring urban institutions closer to the rural world and have a feminine perspective in all this world. Brussels works for the happiness of its citizens should be done and happiness is what we should not ignore. Personal reflection on what we do and what makes us happy is important. If we cannot live with dignity, we cannot be happy, and today it is difficult to live on large amounts of meat in Spain. Food and diesel are destroying more and more, but our products are a luxury for human health.”
MEP Rodríguez Palop has confirmed: “The great struggle of indigenous peoples in Latin America, so overwhelmed by looting and difficult to respond.”
Eduardo Martín Sousa Holm, president of the Ethical Food Association, explains his experience in Extremadura valuing the “family business, the production of pâtés and foie gras”. “We went to the International Salon in Paris and won the prize for best foie gras in the world, but they wanted to challenge us because the animals are not in cages, they even fly… We had fun doing things. on a farm. It has given us a quality of life, I have raised my children, we are happy. This foie gras is a gift from nature, it can be eaten only once in a lifetime because there is not one for everyone”.
Martín Sousa and his group managed to create an “ethical food certificate”, which did not exist in Spain 15 years ago: “I live in a village in Spain that has been deserted, just over 300 inhabitants, all the workers are women, extraordinary people, all entrepreneurs who have a little It would help, if they were given a little guidance… the number of abandoned orchards, old wineries. Children can live without having to move to Madrid. We don’t want big companies, we want family micro-enterprises. That’s the 2030 horizon, it’s our people. to shock.”
Miguel Ángel Sánchez, spokesman for the Llerena Regional Hospital Platform, for his part, insists on the motto “Being little does not deprive you of rights”. Living in a remote area should not mean that we are deprived of rights like healthcare. When we talk about rural health, we refer to primary care. But you also have to consider special assistance. Diseases attack us equally no matter where we live. Unfortunately, those of us living in rural areas are also going to get cancer, a tumor needing chemo… or our dad, he might have a fracture. Hence the need for regional hospitals.”
“Health resources benefit not only rural residents but also urban people,” Sánchez adds: “People move, there are many cities and rural tourism, no one is exempt from traffic accidents, country activities… I want them to spread. My ashes here Yes, but we will all attend the burial of our villages and our lands.”
Manuel Aguilar de la Cruz of the Platform for the Defense of Citizens of the Sierra de Becerro, Seville (Spain) explains “the environmental impact of the implementation of renewable mega-parks, invading biosphere reserves, affecting agriculture. The amount of surface occupied, the quality of crops and Sustainable rural tourism, such as the gigantic project in Navazuelo (Granada), equivalent to 1,000 soccer fields”.
“Those of us who are dedicated to protecting the rural environment are told how renewable energy deployment can be done while respecting the natural environment,” says Aguilar de la Cruz: “Well, it should be without participation, in protected areas. Community, regardless of region. , and it is not in the hands of an oligopoly”.
“The deployment of renewable mega-plants implies an irreversible loss of biodiversity, the opportunity for a less centralized system is lost, self-consumption is not encouraged, which does not go to the electricity bill, nor energy communities, which democratize energy and that. Gives us freedom from the big companies”, affirmed Aguilar de la Cruz, recalling the Fandango of El Cabrero: “Many promise the moon until they are in power, many promise the moon and when they see each other there, they hear nothing. Complaints and they treat your feet.”
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