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European Union

Written declaration on investigating and remedying the abuse of power by large supermarkets operating in the European Union (0088/2007)

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Letter from India

Good morning all - and a happy new year!

We have just returned from a short study tour in India, part of which included looking into the possibility of establishing an exchange programme between Polish and Indian farmers.

Upon arrival at Delhi international airport, we elected to take a motorised rickshaw to our hotel. The driver of this little brightly painted three wheel scooter (known fondly as a 'tuk tuk') charged into the ensuing fray, dodging and weaving his way through the dense traffic, frequently coming within centemitres of hitting one of the hundreds of the similarly engaged vehicles battling their horn blasting way down the worn New Delhi streets. Streets also shared with Brahmin cows and packs of stray dogs. It is a very particular initiation.

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Working Horses

Working Horses

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No.4 Letter From Poland

First Organic Agriculture Congress, Istanbul

Good morning!

I am going to take you away from Poland this morning; to consider the proceedings of the First Organic Agriculture Congress of Turkey, held in Istanbul last month. An event which we were invited to participate in.

Around 300 delegates gathered at a venue on the edge of the Bosphorus sea, surrounded by the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul.

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Sept 1st 2007

Good morning.

"Gorale" are the equivalent to "highlanders". They are a tough breed of warm hearted mountain people who eek-out a way of life -and living- in the mountainous regions of southern Poland. They are known for their dry, sardonic sense of humor and superior weather forcasting skills.

Most Goralie have smallish plots of land where they raise a few pigs or sheep and grow a bit of veg.

Many are skilled foresters and horsemen, good builders and general 'all-rounders' in the art of survival - at high altidudes.

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