Rural Affairs and Territory

From coasts and seas to mountain peaks, rivers or forests, no ecosystem has been free from the destructive impact, alteration or serious transformation caused by human activity. The continuing loss of the three principle components of biodiversity –genes, species and ecosystems– has often resulted from badly planned and incorrectly assessed growth, along with other human impacts on the environment. This is in spite of the fact that we know we rely on the good state and functioning of ecosystems to provide food and fresh water, to enjoy good health and recreational areas and for protection from natural catastrophes. Moreover, the loss of ecosystems and species also affects us culturally and spiritually.

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Our work in Salvia aims to contribute to the collective challenge of preserving biodiversity. For this reason, we want to promote understanding of the situation of different ecosystems and point out the main threats they face, and to set out sustainable development models that create stable and quality employment while being compatible with the conservation of rural areas and forest and coastal environments. Equally, we would like to propose alternative growth models based on society’s participation and promote understanding and respect for the environment.

In the face of the serious social and environmental situation found in many rural areas, Salvia defends socially and environmentally sustainable agriculture, cattle farming and forestry, prioritising the use of locally produced inputs, free from toxic substances and GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and based on criteria defining food sovereignty, free from control of large powerful corporations, helping to mitigate climate change instead of aggravating it. These sectors should serve to feed us naturally and healthily with quality products while respecting the land. In Salvia we back consumers taking back our role as active subjects with the right to verified, independent and fully informed choice, contributing to a full, healthy and free life.

We are also aware of the important role played by the agriculture sectors (including forestry and forest exploitation) in the production of foodstuffs, as well as land guardianship and management. Salvia defends the important role of farmers, cattle raisers and foresters. We aim to help design and integrate policies and strategies that boost ecological practices which benefit the population and the rural areas, both in profit and quality-of-life terms, generating job opportunities and avoiding the abandonment of this important environment to society from the economical, social and cultural point of view.

Food sovereignty and food security, along with sustainable management of natural resources, constitute great challenges for society. In Salvia we can join forces in order to achieve those aims.