'Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means a control over our lives, our food and our freedom. Corporations like Monsanto have created a seed emergency -- an emergency through patents on seeds, seed monopolies, biopiracy, genetic engineering and creation of non-renewable sterile seeds. Seed monopolies have pushed 250,000 farmers to commit suicide in India. After contaminating farmer's seeds and crops, Monsanto sues farmers "for stealing their gene", putting the polluter pays principle on its head, and making it the polluter gets paid principle.
Many of us have created contemporary movements to respond to the seed emergency. The global campaign on Seed Freedom intends to give strength to these existing movements. It aims to ‘connect the dots’ of the many voices around the globe to add strength to the movement to keep seed free.
From 2nd October (Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary), to 16th October (World Food Day) intensive actions are planned to create a global citizens’ response on the issue of Seed Freedom that we hope will act as a wake up call for citizens and governments. Gandhi had said, “as long as the superstition that unjust laws must be obeyed exist, so will slavery exist”. Humanity and diverse species on the Earth are being pushed into a new form of seed slavery. In the spirit of Gandhi, we therefore call for a civil disobedience against unjust laws. We look forward to planning common strategies and actions together as the campaign for Seed Freedom becomes stronger and louder.'
Here in London FOOD from the SKY felt moved to respond to the call with an invitation: - Shall we create a LONDON FREEDOM SEED BANK and OCCUPY THE SEED? And we can also imagine a freedom seed bank in every towns around our Earth...
You are warmly invited to the first Open Meeting 2nd Oct 2pm at FOOD from the SKY to explore the question ... part of:
Seed Freedom Fortnight of Action, 2-16 October 2012
Saving our seeds while creating empowered and skilled community seed banks are becoming more and more important and vital to us all, small growers, for our children and for the next generations. Seeds are our true wealth…
Now Vandana Shiva is making an international call to all Permaculturists and growers this October to bring awareness to: the importance of seed sovereignty as the basis for permanent (sustainable) agriculture and about the grave and growing threat of patented seeds to life, diversity and freedom.
Can we grow a LONDON FREEDOM SEED BANK collecting London seeds of food/wild flowers/ in collaboration with all the wonderful initiatives already happening in the Capital? A FREEDOM SEED BANK where small sustainable/Permaculturists and growers could have access to organic, unmodified, diverse, and free seeds while being re-skilled on seed saving methods…
Come to the first Open Meeting on
TUESDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2pm on the roof of
FOOD from the SKY (if rain go to http://www.hornseyvale.org/contact.html
to explore how we can create our first
LONDON FREEDOM SEED BANK
details for directions: www.foodfromthesky.org.uk
Contact is: Azul-Valerie Thome : firstname.lastname@example.org
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