BELWEDER DECLARATION: “The Charter of Real Farming and Real Food”

We, the undersigned, believe that industrial methods of food production
constitute a very serious threat to the Polish people and the Polish
countryside, and therefore we URGE the President and the Polish Government to respect
the voice of the majority of their electorate and immediately implement the
postulates of the BELWEDER DECLARATION: “The Charter of Real Farming and
Real Food”.

BELWEDER DECLARATION: “The Charter of Real Farming and Real Food”

Having in mind respect for the beautiful traditions of peasant
family farms, which in a unique way contribute towards the
preservation of culture and biodiversity of crops in the Polish
countryside and the best foods available in Europe;

recognising the key role of small and medium farms in the
protection and preservation of food sovereignty that is essential
for the basic supply of food for the Nation;

and believing that the only way that can guarantee optimal health
and good condition of natural environment is the promotion of a
diet based on local high-quality foods and the preservation of
country landscape marked by natural biodiversity,

we demand that the President and the Polish Government:

  • Immediately start implementing a conscious policy whose aim is the
    protection and promotion of true qualities of the Polish
    countryside which serve the Polish Nation, and which are currently
    being irrevocably devastated by rapid globalisation and development
    of industrial farming.

  • Remove the restrictions concerning the possibility to buy a full
    range of products from local farmers by shops, schools, restaurants
    and other institutions.

  • Support and develop a strategy whose aim is the preservation of a
    large number of farmers and the traditional mosaic
    of family farms, and the development of strong, local and regional
    outlets, including an immediate implementation of a long-standing
    protection programme, as well as financial, expertise and promotion
    support for small and medium family farms.

  • Support eco-agrotourism, the processing of foods on farms and
    the use of renewable energy sources.

  • Take measures against air pollution (low emission from homesteads
    and farmhouses) in the Polish countryside.

  • Implement an immediate ban on the sales, cultivation and production
    of GMOs, as well as an effective strategy for the production of
    GMO-free Polish animal feeds.

  • Limit and completely withdraw industrial farming methods and make
    it possible for a long-term lease of land, currently in the hands
    of governmental agencies, to young, ambitious farmers who want to
    produce foods with the use of traditional and organic methods.
    Today, this will provide jobs form them and in future for their
    children, and will provide the Nation with good and healthy foods.

  • Introduce organic faring methods into schools’ and universities’
    curriculums as one of the main directions and not just an
    alternative to industrial methods of food production.

We urge the President and the Polish Government
to protect the unique geographical and historical strength of Poland based
on traditional Polish countryside and create/draw a new vision of farming
in order to prevent the imminent global catastrophe that threatens life and
health of mankind and biodiversity.

We urge the President and the Polish Government

to stop promoting the current agricultural policy based on highly chemical,
industrial farming that can lead hundreds of thousands farmers to
bankruptcy, soils to degradation and the country to food catastrophe.

We demand a fast answer concerning the implementation of the
above postulates.


I hereby agree to the processing of my personal data for the
purposes of the BELWEDER DECLARATION: “The Charter of Real Farming
and Real Food”

Sir Julian Rose, farmer and author, the President of the International
Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC)

Jadwiga Łopata, Goldman Prize winner, educational organic farm – the

dr Jacek J. Nowak, em. prof. SW, independent scientist,
ICPPC‘s advisor

Edyta Jaroszewska-Nowak,
President of
Ekoland o/

, NSZZ Solidarność RI o/

Anna Bednarek, President of Stowarzyszenie Best Proeko-CIS

Lena Huppert, President of

Fundacji Wspierania Rozwoju Kultury i Społeczeństwa Obywatelskiego QLT

(QLT Foundation)

Anna Szmelcer, President of

Stowarzyszenia Polska Wolna od GMO

(GMO Free Poland)

Dorota Staszewska, doctor,

Stowarzyszenie Polska Wolna od GMO

(GMO Free Poland)

dr Jarosław Sachajko, President of

Stowarzyszenie Rolników i Konsumentów Kukiz’15

(Farmers’ and Consumers’ Association Kukiz’15)

Jolata Dal, family farm Ohanadal, councillor