Saving Polish Farms

Julian Rose and Jadwiga Lopata
Wednesday, 5th February 2014

Polish farmers are protesting against regulations that have caused small, local businesses to go under, giving precedence to the large farms, supplying big corporate supermarkets.

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. Tractors have been blockading government institutions since 14th 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!

There are still one and a half million such farms in Poland!

The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) is supporting the protesting farmers to highlight this grossly unfair treatment of all who wish to provide fine quality, flavourful and 'real' farmhouse-foods in their own localities.

You too can be part of this vital protest!

Join in by sending a brief letter in support of the farmers to Prime Minister Tusk, urging him to change the regulations so that family farmers can sell their products locally! And send a copy of your letter to us here at the ICPPC - [email protected] Thank you!

Here's a video showing the farmers protesting, explaining their difficulties due to the new regulations.

To contact Prime Minister Tusk, either, address your letter to:

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

Or fax your letter to: +48 (22) 694 70 53
E-mail: [email protected] 

Sir Julian Rose, President ICPPC
Jadwiga Lopata ICPPC Founder/Vice President
ICPPC - International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside,
34-146 Stryszów 156, Poland tel./fax +48 33 8797114 [email protected] 

You can donate to our activities here: 

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Further resources

Polish farmers protest sale of land for GM crops

Poland says no to Monsanto but allows trading of GM seeds

A permaculture food revolution in Poland

Effective permaculture teachings begin in Poland

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