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Vandana Shiva Invites you to Act for Seed Freedom and Food Freedom

 

Fortnight of Action for Seed Freedom and Food Freedom: 2nd October – 16th October 2013

Dear lovers of life’s diversity and lovers of freedom,

It is time to organise and concentrate our energies to liberate our seeds and our food from the toxic, greedy and lethal clutches of global corporations like Monsanto; from the laws the corporations are writing, stealing our democracies in order to steal our seeds and food, our health and livelihoods, our cultures and our lives. We need to break from the sense of powerlessness the corporations would like us to experience to make us believe they are all powerful and we have no power to change. But we do. We just have to combine our collective energies. We must become the change we want to see.

I invite you to unleash your creative energies during the Fortnight of Action for Seed Freedom and Food Freedom – 2nd October to 16th October.

2nd October is Gandhi’s birth anniversary. Gandhi left us the legacy of “Swaraj”- self-organised freedom and “Satyagraha”- the force of truth. Let us dedicate ourselves to celebrating 2nd October as the day for a worldwide “Seed Satyagraha”. A day when we defend Seed Freedom and Food Freedom by identifying every regional law written by corporations to undermine these freedoms by criminalizing diversity, seed saving and seed exchange, farmers innovations and farmers rights; whilst establishing illegitimate seed monopolies through patents and privileging of uniformity and monocultures.

After having identified laws for seed slavery, let us commit ourselves to not obey these unethical and brute laws which threaten life on earth, including our lives and the lives of our children. Gandhi had reminded us 100 years ago, that “As long as the superstition remains that unjust laws must be obeyed, so long will slavery exist”. We have a dream, and our dream is that every seed, every bee, every butterfly, every earthworm, every person, every child be free of manipulation and control, hunger and disease; that they evolve and co-evolve in freedom, well-being and health. We must not allow ourselves to be subjected to the superstition that Monsanto Laws must be obeyed. For the sake of Gaia’s laws, of life’s renewal in freedom and the laws of justice, it is our ecological and ethical duty to disobey Monsanto’s laws. And while resisting and not co-operating with destructive laws of seed dictatorship, let us celebrate Seed Freedom and Food Freedom through adopting The Law of the Seed and creating Gardens of Hope – seed sanctuaries – and GMO-free, patent free Seed Freedom Zones.

On 12th October we will self-organise to March against Monsanto across the world, like we did on the 25th May.

16th October is World Food Day. Monsanto and other Biotech giants have been foolish and arrogant enough to award themselves The World Food Prize they sponsor that day. Let us give Real Food Prizes to Real Food Heroes in our communities, who bring us real and healthy food instead. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 72% of the food that people eat comes from small farms and gardens. We can make the 72% a 100% by saving Seeds of Freedom and planting Gardens of Hope everywhere. Industrial agriculture driven by corporations has destroyed 75% of the planet’s biodiversity resulting in hunger and disease. 1 billion are hungry, 2 billion suffer from food related diseases. This is not a food system that brings us life and health. It is a greed and profit-driven, commodity producing system that has unleashed death and destruction. We have to stop this destruction. There is no place for poisons and corporate slavery in the food system. We are what we eat.

Our seeds and food are vital to life. We cannot afford to allow the destruction of the planet and our health to continue. We cannot allow seed slavery and food dictatorship to continue. We must take back our seeds, our food, our freedom.

With love and strength to each and every one of you to evolve your highest powers and unleash your highest creative and collaborative energies, so that together we shape a food system that protects life on earth, our small farmers, our health and our future.

 Vandana Shiva

 

Key Days of Action / Ideas for Action

 

2 Oct: Seed Satyagraha – Worldwide civil disobedience against unjust seed laws in the spirit of Gandhi.

Send us short write ups of unjust laws that threaten our biodiversity, farmers’ rights, seed freedom and food freedom (info@seedfreedom.in)

12 Oct: Global March Against Monsanto – www.march-against-monsanto.com

16 Oct: World Food Day Celebrations & Honouring Real Food Heroes – Identify and honourReal Food Heroes in your community and around the world.

Send us photographs of Real Food Heroes with a short caption for the Real Food Hero Gallery. (info@seedfreedom.in)

2-16 Oct: Seed Freedom Actions – Start Seed Banks and GMO-Free/Seed-Freedom Zones; create Gardens of Hope; organise Seed Swaps and Seed Bomb actions

 

For more details about how to participate see: http://seedfreedom.in/fortnight-of-action-2013-how-to-participate/

For ideas for Actions, see Ideas for Actions and Fortnight of Action 2012

 



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  48. DECLARE TRADITIONAL SEEDS MANKIND´S HERITAGE :

    http://www.avaaz.org/po/petition/DECLARAR_AS_SEMENTES_TRADICIONAIS_PATRIMONIO_DA_HUMANIDADE/
    <Honorable Fellows,
    Your support to our petition directed to United Nations ( ONU ) and National Governments, concerning the Protection of traditional or native SEEDS is fundamental !
    Please access, sign and share :

    <Nobles confrades,
    Vuestro apoyo à la petitíon enderezada à la ONU y Gobiernos Nationales concernente la proteccíon de las semillas tradicionales és fundamental !
    Por favor asignar y compartir:

    <Honoráveis companheiros,
    Seu apoio à nossa petição dirigida às Nações Unidas e aos Governos Nacionais, referente à Proteção das Sementes Tradicionais é fundamental !
    Por favor acesse, assine e compartilhe :

    <Honorables confréres,
    Votre soutien à la pétition adressé à la ONU et aux Gouvernements Nationaux relative à la protection des semences traditionneles est fondamental !
    Ayez la bonté de signer et partager:

    http://www.avaaz.org/po/petition/DECLARAR_AS_SEMENTES_TRADICIONAIS_PATRIMONIO_DA_HUMANIDADE/

    [ DECLARE TRADITIONAL SEEDS MANKIND’S HERITAGE ]

    Thank You. Gracias. Merci. Dank.

    From : Lino Matheus de Sá Pereira

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  50. Quindici giorni di azione per la libertà e la Seed Freedom Food : 2 ottobre – 16 ottobre 2013

    Cari amanti della diversità della vita e amanti della libertà ,

    E ‘ tempo di organizzare e concentrare le nostre energie per liberare i nostri semi e il nostro cibo dalle grinfie tossici , avido e letale di multinazionali come la Monsanto , dalle leggi che le corporazioni stanno scrivendo , rubando le nostre democrazie , al fine di rubare i nostri semi e cibo , la nostra salute e condizioni di vita , le nostre culture e le nostre vite . Abbiamo bisogno di rompere il senso di impotenza delle corporazioni vorrebbero farci sperimentare per farci credere che sono tutti potenti e non abbiamo alcun potere di cambiare . Ma noi facciamo. Non ci resta che unire le nostre energie collettive . Dobbiamo diventare il cambiamento che vogliamo vedere .

    Vi invito a liberare le energie creative durante la quindicina di Azione per Seed Libertà e alimentare Libertà – 2 Ottobre – 16 Ottobre .

    2 ottobre è la nascita anniversario di Gandhi . Gandhi ci ha lasciato l’eredità di ” Swaraj ” – la libertà di auto- organizzata e ” Satyagraha ” – la forza della verità . Dedichiamoci a celebrare 2 ottobre come il giorno per un mondiale ” Seed Satyagraha ” . Un giorno, quando difendiamo Seed Freedom e Freedom Food , identificando ogni legge regionale scritta da società di minare queste libertà criminalizzando diversità, la conservazione delle sementi e lo scambio di sementi , agricoltori innovazioni ed i diritti degli agricoltori , mentre stabilire monopoli di semi illegittimi attraverso brevetti e privilegiando di uniformità e monocolture .

    Dopo aver individuato le leggi per la schiavitù seme , dobbiamo impegnarci a non obbedire a queste leggi immorali e bruta che minacciano la vita sulla terra , tra cui le nostre vite e le vite dei nostri figli . Gandhi ci aveva ricordato a 100 anni fa , che ” Finché la superstizione non toglie che le leggi ingiuste devono essere rispettate , così a lungo sarà la schiavitù esiste” . Abbiamo un sogno , e il nostro sogno è che ogni seme , ogni ape , ogni farfalla , ogni lombrico , ogni persona , ogni bambino sia libero di manipolazione e controllo , la fame e le malattie , e che si evolvono e co- evolvono in libertà , ben benessere e la salute . Non dobbiamo permettere a noi stessi di essere sottoposto alla superstizione che la Monsanto Le leggi devono essere rispettate . Per il bene di leggi di Gaia , di rinnovamento della vita in libertà e le leggi della giustizia , è nostro dovere ecologico ed etico di disobbedire alle leggi della Monsanto . E mentre resistendo e non cooperare con le leggi distruttive di dittatura seme , celebriamo Seed Freedom e Freedom Food , adottando la legge del seme e la creazione di giardini di Speranza – santuari di semi – e OGM-free , libero da brevetti Seed Zone Libertà .

    Il 12 ottobre ci sarà auto-organizzarsi a marzo contro la Monsanto in tutto il mondo , come abbiamo fatto il 25 maggio.

    16 ottobre è la Giornata mondiale dell’alimentazione . Monsanto e altri giganti biotech sono stato sciocco e così arrogante da premiare se stessi Il Premio World Food che sponsorizzano quel giorno. Rendiamo Premi cibo vero per veri eroi cibo nella nostra comunità , che ci portano cibo vero e sano , invece. Secondo la Food and Agriculture Organization , il 72 % del cibo che le persone mangiano proviene da piccole aziende agricole e giardini. Possiamo fare il 72 % al 100 % salvando Semi di libertà e di impianto Giardini di speranza ovunque . L’agricoltura industriale guidato da aziende ha distrutto il 75 % della biodiversità del pianeta con conseguente fame e malattie. 1 miliardo sono affamati , 2 miliardi soffrono di patologie legate all’alimentazione . Questo non è un sistema alimentare che ci porta la vita e la salute. Si tratta di una avidità e profitto , sistema di produzione di merce che ha scatenato morte e distruzione . Dobbiamo fermare questa distruzione . Non c’è posto per i veleni e la schiavitù aziendale nel sistema alimentare . Noi siamo ciò che mangiamo .

    I nostri semi e cibo sono di vitale importanza per la vita . Non possiamo permettere che la distruzione del pianeta e la nostra salute per continuare. Non possiamo permettere che la schiavitù seme e dittatura cibo per continuare. Dobbiamo riprenderci i nostri semi , il nostro cibo , la nostra libertà .

    Con l’amore e la forza di ognuno di voi per evolvere le vostre più alte potenze e scatenare le vostre più alte energie creative e collaborative , così che insieme possiamo modellare un sistema alimentare che protegge la vita sulla terra , i nostri piccoli agricoltori , la nostra salute e il nostro futuro .

    Vandana Shiva

    • Dear Vandana,

      I would like to know if you have had direct contact with the scientists at Monsanto. My cousin has been a lead scientist there for 20 years, specializing in “safety” and “cardiovascular health”. Safety meant seeing how the GMO grain effected the health of hundreds of chickens.

      Here’s my thought: If you could recruit my cousin to your cause, you would have a Monsanto insider on your side. As he is close to retirement, he may no longer be afraid of losing his job by telling the truth. Also, he may give you some direct information on the specific science he has done, and what remains to be done.

      Let me know if this interests you, or some member of your activist community. I will be glad to arrange this contact for you.

      Best wishes, long life and health (to all of us)
      Charles Roland Berry, Seattle

  51. Seeds are owned by farmers for generation, just making some modification and patent the seeds and get full right for seeds are no good.They can claim right only for their modified seeds, that too in the field during pollination changes are happen in their modified seeds and they can not claim right for this modified seeds.They can not make any rule for the use of the non modified seeds owned by the farmers.If possible do some research on the changes happen in modified seeds during pollination and prove these are new seeds and the patent right is not valid for this seeds and do not allow the corporate to dictate farmers.

  52. Respected Madam, I appreciate your interest in the field of AGRICULTURE & in the interest of

    FARMERS’. Madam, it is a big step forward to promote production to feed the millions and millions

    of people.===R M ARORA===.


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