“The Plant Breeders’ Rights and Plant Improvement Bills restrict the saving, trading, exchanging, and sale of seed. This can have massive ramifications on seed and food sovereignty, agricultural biodiversity, access to diverse seed, and increasing the disparities and inequalities in South African agriculture, food and nutrition.
We urgently need to protect and preserve our food and seed sovereignty. It is in our best interests that we make our voices heard and retain what really is ours, which is the right to our food, the quality and control of our seed.” (African Centre for Biodiversity)
Learn more: Opposing the new Plant Breeders & Plant Improvement Act – South Africa / South Africa Public Hearings / SOUTH AFRICA SEED LAW PUBLIC HEARING
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Many small farmers and communities don’t have access to this information. Yet it affects us all directly. Our Seed Freedom is at risk and its URGENT.
“To this end, we will save seed, we will create community seed banks and seed libraries, we do not recognize any law that illegitimately makes seed the private property of corporations and we will stop the patents on seed” Seed Freedom
You can help. Here is a template for you to use as a guide to voice your concerns and submit to government:
We have just a few weeks to stop this legislation. Please help Save Our Seed!
22 September: Port Elizabeth Seed Bills Hearing
12 August: Gauteng Seed Bills Hearing
10 August 2017 — South Africa Seed Bill Workshop organised by Izindaba Zokudla – Conversations about Food and African Centre for Biodiversity.
25 July 2017 — First of national seed workshops informing our people of the seed bills almost passed under our noses. We need to reach the far corners of south africa. Many small farmers and communities don’t have access to this information. Yet it affects us all directly.
Analyzing the plant breeders and plant improvement acts. Lawyer Nolene Morris , breaks them down (Watch on YouTube).
More info: https://www.facebook.com/ResistanceIsFertileRIF/