“Physicist and Activist Dr. Vandana Shiva Calls for Seed Freedom
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist and environmental activist who has been incredibly outspoken against Monsanto and its efforts to patent seeds and create “killer seeds” which destroy competing strains that it has no control over, thereby creating a monopoly on what can be grown on Earth. In the above video, she makes the chilling point that these policies are not merely enslaving humans, as was previously fashionable, but all life on Earth.
Corporations defined a problem – and for them the problem was farmers saving seed. They offered a solution, and the solution was the introduction of patents and intellectual property rights on seed, making it illegal for farmers to save their seed. Seed as a common good became a commodity of private seed companies, traded on the open market…
The disappearance of our biodiversity and of our seed sovereignty is creating a major crisis for agriculture and food security around the world. We must act before it is too late.
Seeds are the first link in the food chain and the repository of life’s future evolution. As such, it is our inherent duty and responsibility to protect them and to pass them on to future generations. The growing of seed and the free exchange of seed among farmers has been the basis to maintaining biodiversity and our food security.
Vandana Shiva is calling for two weeks of action for seed freedom, from Gandhi’s birthday (October 2) to World Food Day (October 16). Please see her site for several ways to get involved in the effort….”