Land to people, who (want to) work it!

Vienna: Students, activists and landless people began with the creation of a solidarity urban agriculture

Since the 17th of April, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, around 100 students, activists and landless people occupy the former trial garden of the university of life science in Vienna-Jedlersdorf.

“At this site fertile agricultural land is supposed to be sealed because of housing projects. At the same time 80.000 flats and 30 % of the office-buildings in Vienna are empty. Instead of buildings we need space for social projects and local, urban and solidarity agriculture.”, says Martin, a student at the university of life sciences and activist.

The initiative SoliLa (Solidarische Landiwrtschaft, solidarity agriculture), criticize that in times of peak oil and peak soil it seems absurd to build on fertile agricultural land. Various studies, conducted by the university of life science conclude exactly this. The SoliLa will produce healthy and sustainable food out of a local and solidarity agriculture. The numerous participants work the land together in a sustainable way since the 17. April. They invite everyone, especially the neighbours to participate.

SoliLa has that for published a declaration of support, where all people are called upon signing the declaration.
“The fact that university of life science calls itself “the university of life” and supports the construction is hard to understand for me. But we wont let the build upon our future!” says Linda, a landless person from Vienna.

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