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PROVISIONAL SYNTHESIS FORUM FOR THE CROSS-EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS FOR A RESPONSIBLE, UNITED AND PLURAL WORLD

SYNTHESIS OF THE FOUR POLES



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1.  CROSS-SYNTHESIS OF THE HUMANITY AND BIOSPHERE POLE (HBP)

 

1.1  INTRODUCTION

 

1.2  MOST FAVOURABLY EVALUATED PROPOSALS

 

 

HBP I On the Natural Resources that Sustain Life

 

 

HBP II On Economic Production and Public Policies Related to the re-production of Human Life

2.  CROSS-SYNTHESIS OF THE GOVERNANCE AND CITIZENSHIP POLE (GCP)

3.  CROSS-SYNTHESIS OF THE SOCIO-ECONOMY OF SOLIDARITY POLE (SESP)

4.  CROSS-SYNTHESIS OF THE VALUES, CULTURE, ART, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY POLE (VCAESP)

   

HBP II. On Economic Production and Public Policies Related to the reproduction of Human Life

HBP.20. Industrial development at a local, regional or national level must incorporate a systemic approach, such as Industrial Ecology, if it is to be ef-fective. Economic development policy needs to be based on an accurate knowledge of the resource flows within an area so that spatial planning, choice of industries and residential and commercial activities are organised so as to use the available resources in the most efficient manner possible. (23.18.)

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HBP.21. Diversify agricultural crops to encourage production of foods rich in micronutrients – vegetables, fruit, pulses – while respecting the environment and food safety regulations. (18.10.)

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HBP.22. Introduce nutritional quality objectives in industrial production and institutional catering – less salt, sugar and fat, and more micronutrients and dietary fibre. (18.11.)

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HBP.23. Produce food labelling that is objective, complete and easy to understand. (18.15.)

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HBP.24. Strengthen national, regional and international legislation. It is important to use as reference the Protocol on Biosecurity of Carthagena, which recognises the principle of precaution concerning cross-border movements of all GMOs. Therefore the Biosecurity Protocol must be written into national and regional legislation (the application of labelling showing entire processing procedures) and the application of zero-tolerance for traces of GMOs in agricultural products. (22.04.)

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HBP.25. Introduce legislation and/or other measures to encourage respect of the right of the individual to food and nutrition. The first step could be the adoption of the “International Code of Conduct on the Human Right to Adequate Food"; it implies a movement to dealing with nutrition in terms of human rights. Introduce monitoring procedures to ensure the right to food and nutrition is fulfilled. (18.04.)

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HBP.26. Strengthen public regulations and controls concerning:

  • Agricultural and industrial food production to ensure food is of satisfactory quality - from the point of view of nutrition, hygiene and flavour - while at the same time respecting the environment;
  • Labelling of foods to ensure the consumer has access to objective information;
  • Food advertising particularly that aimed at children;
  • Introduce nutritional surveillance at the national or regional level depending on the political and administrative structure of the country concerned. (18.05.)
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HBP 27. Certify the food produced in regions of environmental value and provide tax incentives to the ecological producers as a form of reverting resources for the protection of fragile ecosystems or of high biodiversity and their populations. (Article suggested by a participant for proposal 18.)

HBP.28. Urgent food safety policies are essential, but they necessarily have to cover elements linked to the structural transformation of the conditions which gave rise to the situations from which they are derived. (20.02.)

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HBP.29. Promote that a maximum number of countries ratify the Protocol on Biosecurity of Carthagena to have any force. It sets out procedures for prior agreement, in full knowledge, for cross-border movements of GMOs. This requires the explicit consent of the importer before the GMOs can be imported. However, it is necessary to acknowledge the supremacy of the Biodiversity Convention, which provides the framework for the Carthagena Protocol, on WTO agreements. (22.02.)

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HBP.30. It is also necessary to introduce a clause invoking the overall responsibility of GMO producers regarding the health of consumers and damage to the environment, applicable world-wide. (22.03.)

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HBP.31. Develop information systems that are completely independent from multinational corporations and political powers. (22.05.)

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HBP.32. Promote an independent public research for sustainable agriculture without GMOs. Opening up public research to societal concerns by promoting forums for dialogue with researchers. (22.06.)

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HBP.33. Set up wide alliances that bring together consumers, farmers, and public researchers. (22.07.)

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HBP.34. Develop programmes and pedagogic and practical actions for crops, livestock and food transformation: community gardens, school orchards, leisure farms, etc. (Article suggested by a participant for proposal 18.)

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