Saving Seeds to Save the Planet from GMO
S seed saving is one of the important skills that has been lost of the last century, and Dr. Shiva’s work to preserve heirloom seed varieties, encourage organic farming, and create food sovereignty is some of the most important work of our time. We are very happy to release this video in cooperation with Dr. Vandana Shiva and the Navdanya Organization.
We hope you enjoy this video and will start saving seeds at home yourself.
This video was produced by members of The Growing Club. The Growing Club is a non-profit community group dedicated to helping people grow food at home and develop urban farms. Support our work and become part of the club at http://thegrowingclub.com
As Dr. Shiva says, seed in all its diversity and beauty, is our common heritage. Seed can not be copyrighted, patented, or owned, and we have a responsibility as citizens, humans,and Earth beings to make sure that seed remains free and available to all people. Part of this responsibility is to actually grow and save seeds at home, which is what we show you how to do in this video.
Saving seeds from diverse, organically grown plants and maintaining our seed heritage is a revolutionary act in today’s world of commodified, uniform, chemically-bred seed. The other part of this responsibility is to refuse to follow laws which attempt to limit our right to save and sow seed. Dr. Shiva has called on all of us to protect our Seed Freedom by performing mass civil disobedience against the California Seed Law (AB 2470), which makes the sharing and trading of seed illegal. Break the Law. Save Seed. Learn how through this video.
Monsanto, one of the world’s biggest pesticide and seed corporations and leading developer of genetically modified crop varieties, had a stock market value of US$66 billion in 2014. It has gained this position by a combination of deceit, threat, litigation, destruction of evidence, falsified data, bribery, takeovers and cultivation of regulatory bodies.
Its rise and torrid controversies cover a long period starting with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, chemicals used as insulators for electrical transformers) in the 1940s and moving on to dioxin (a contaminant of Agent Orange used to defoliate Vietnam), glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide), recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH, a hormone injected into dairy cows to increase their milk production), and genetic modified organisms (GMOs).
Its key aim in dealing with health and environmental issues is to protect sales and profits and the company image. The latter has been a monumental failure, making Monsanto potentially the most hated corporation in the world.
To better sell its GMO technology, Monsanto began acquiring seed companies in 1996 and within 10 years became the largest seed supplier in the world. If the planned merger with German multinational Bayer takes place, the combined corporate giant will control a third of the world’s seed market and a quarter of the pesticide market. Read More..