‘Sold’ sign put on Arthur’s Seat ahead of G8 summit

Action: David Cameron. Picture: Neil Hanna
Action: David Cameron. Picture: Neil Hanna
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A giant “sold” sign has been erected in the Capital by a Scottish-led charity calling for action at this month’s G8 summit.

The Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, fronted by SCIAF, wants the world’s political leaders to prevent corporate land-grabs in poor countries.

Yesterday they placed a 40-metre “sold” sign on the side of Arthur’s Seat – the size of which is equivalent to land regularly lost to corporate buy- outs, the charity said.

The charity said poor families in Africa, Asia and Latin America are being evicted from their farms and are unable to grow sufficient food to support themselves as large 
corporations buy up land to create cheap food, crop and fuel exports.

It is calling for the G8 leaders, under Prime Minister David Cameron’s presidency, to give people in developing countries more control over their land.

Philippa Bonella, SCIAF’s head of communications and education, said: “Hunger is the biggest scandal of our time.

“We are asking G8 leaders to show they have the political will to tackle the root causes of hunger. The decisions they make when they meet in Enniskillen shortly will determine whether millions of poor people across the world will suffer and die unnecessarily. They can prevent this by taking concrete action to put an end to land-grabs.”