Charmian Larke, United Kingdom

2.02.2014

Dear Prime Minister

I am writing in favour of allowoing small farmers to sell their products locally. It would save many more jobs to reduce the bureaucracy of food processing for small farmers than could be helped by continuing the corporate takeover of food in Poland.

If you look ahead to world issues and see the major issues of oil depletion and high oil prices just around the corner, you will also see that the most secure way to feed Poland in the future will be with food from the small farms. Long distance transport will be too expensive for most people to afford the transported products.

Please encourage a more resilient future for Poland. Sincerely

Charmian Larke Atlantic Energy, UK

ALERT Polish farmers in protest since mid January

Friends!

Here in Poland the battle to save Polish farmland from corporate buy-outs' continues. But that's not all the Polish farmers are up against...See link to film below. Tractors have been blockading government institutions from 14 January 2014 ...

Regulations that the Warsaw government has imposed over the years have made it virtually impossible to sell farm processed foods to local shops, schools or private individuals. The only way farmers can conform with the hygiene and sanitary regulations imposed from above, is by carrying out their simple processing tasks in specially designed and equipped buildings that none can afford to build or to adapt.. except the very large producers supplying the food industry and supermarkets. Yes, that's right - it's all about destroying the competition - which in this case is the small and medium sized independent family farms that produce the best foods!

Read more: ALERT Polish farmers in protest since mid January

Chris Kordzinski, UK

Dear Donald Tusk,
I would like to voice my support for all the small and medium farmers who are having their livelihoods threatened. Regulations the Warsaw government has imposed over the years have made it virtually impossible to sell farm processed foods to local shops, schools or private individuals. The only way farmers can conform with the hygiene and sanitary regulations imposed from above, is by carrying out their simple processing tasks in specially designed and equipped buildings that none can afford to build or to adapt.

It is insane why should the farmers be wasting time money and effort in this respect? In the UK we cherish local produce bought directly from litle farm shops. These small farmers will be the saviours in the future once we all wake up and understand that corporations are controlling governments around the world. These small farmers provide the best produce compared to someone like Monsanto who would have the world eating only genetically modified foods laced with herbicides and pesticides.

In honour of my late father Jozef Kordzinski who used to farm land in Poland before being captured by the Russians and sent to Siberia only to escape and join the Polish Navy, only to be torpedoed while serving on ORP Orkan in 1943 - one of only 44 survivors I ask that you remove the prohibitive regulations and ensure that the smaller farmers are free to thrive. Don't become a lackey to the corporations whose only motivation is profit and greed.

Your Sincerely,
Chris Kordzinski

Marcela Cruz, USA

31 stycznia 2014

Premier Rządu RP Donald Tusk,
Secretariat of the Prime Minister
Aleje Ujazdowskie 1/3, 00-583 Warszawa, Poland

With all respect, Prime Minister, you have a powerful opportunity at this moment. I am referring to the ongoing protest of the farmers in your country against the governmental imposition of unreasonable laws which destroy their ability to provide healthy food. As a world leader, you are intimately aware of the increasingly critical issues of food security, especially in the wake of the added crucial challenge of the Fukushima contamination of the entire Northern Hemisphere.

Your actions, or lack thereof, in this farming matter will announce publicly and eloquently whether you stand with and support those who dedicate themselves to providing healthy food for the rest of us, or whether other agendas and influences dictate that you help destroy their work, as well as the welfare of Humanity. The issue is that clear, simple and powerful. I am writing to ask that you unequivocally stand with the farmers and with Humanity by your words and especially actions, and by such actions, be one of the world leaders who holds the torch of truth and righteousness for all of humanity to see, and enjoy renewed faith in who you truly are. This is your chance. Before all the world, please grab it with both hands and do What is Right.

Marcela Cruz, organic farmer, USA

Dr. Eunice Blavascunas, Germany

31.01.2014

Dear President Tusk,

I am writing in support of the recent farmer's protests occurring in Poland. I am a cultural anthropologist with research on Polish rural culture in Podlasia. In my many visits and research stays in Poland I hear so many difficult stories from farmers about the problems of legally producing and selling the good food they make. The competition is unfairly stacked against them as larger producers have capital for "sanitary" production. I ask the government to address this indifference on a legislative level. Legalize the small scale production and sale of locally made farm products, including cheeses, breads, home cured meats and other products. Cultural Geographer Elizabeth Dunn's piece "Trojan Pigs" explains this paradox with great detail and lucidity. http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=a35169

Thank you for listening,

Dr. Eunice Blavascunas
Cultural Anthropologist
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
Munich, Germany

Peter Jadinge, UK

1.02.2014

Premier Rządu RP Donald Tusk, Secretariat of the Prime Minister
Aleje Ujazdowskie 1/3, 00-583 Warszawa, Poland

Dear Premier I support a thriving local farm food economy, and consider Poland to be a prime tourist destination for me (I live in England) only because it still has such a thriving local food economy.

Please, for the sake of local farmers, and for tourists like me, stand behind such regulations that allow small scale and local food production creating a thriving local economy and happiness for the people. You will be remembered for what you do for the ordinary man and woman most of all.

With hope
Peter Jadinge, UK

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