Navdanya International launched its global Seed Freedom Campaign in 2012 to bring to citizens’ attention the crucial role of seed in the battle to defend food sovereignty and food safety and help strengthen the movement to save and exchange seeds in response to the growing corporate hijacking of our seeds and our food. In the context of the deepening global seed emergency and food crisis, Navdanya International formed the Global Movement for Seed Freedom as a way of uniting the diverse groups and organisations around the world saving seeds, resisting the criminalisation of seed saving and promoting ecological agriculture, and to add strength to the mobilization against the industrialization, poisoning and impoverishment of our food systems. The Seed Freedom Movement has grown into a very strong and vibrant global community, which continues to expand through the mushrooming of hundreds of local seed groups and networks throughout the world, through festivals, workshops, demonstrations and policy advocacy campaigns.
The Global Movement for Seed Freedom is a network of individuals and organisations committed to align our thoughts and actions with the laws of Gaia, Pachamama, Vasundhara, Mother Earth… We protect the biodiversity of the planet by defending of the freedom of the seed to evolve in integrity, self-organisation, and diversity.
Our right to save and exchange our open pollinated, non GMO, non patented seed is non alienable.
Farmers rights are non negotiable.
We will resist every law and technology that attempts to undermine our freedoms, and the freedom of the seed, which is intimately linked to the freedom of Mother Earth.
We are committed to preventing Monsanto and other chemical corporations which are seeking to control our Seed Supply through GMOs, patents, and Intellectual Property Rights.
We will not allow the imposition of Seed Laws based on Uniformity, that criminalise our diversity and seed freedom. We breed for diversity, quality, resilience-not for chemical monocultures.
Across Diverse Ecosystems and cultures we are united in defending Seed freedom/Seed sovereignty as the foundation of Food Freedom/Food Sovereignty, based on ecological production and fair and just distribution, beginning with protecting and promoting local food systems.
Our diverse seeds, used in agroecological systems produce more food and nutrition per acre and are the real solution to hunger and malnutrition, not GMOs.
Our evolutionary seeds, continuously adapting to climate change, are the real answer for climate adaptation and resilience, not GMOS now packaged as “Climate Smart Agriculture”
With all our love we will protect our seeds.
With centuries of knowledge of our ancestors reinforced by the new sciences of agroecology and epigenetics we will resist the imposition of obsolete and flawed reductionist, mechanistic science, and failed GMO and toxic chemical technologies on our food and agriculture systems.
With our intense commitment , and deep solidarity, we will collectively defend our Seed Freedom, Food Freedom, and Democratic Rights to shape a future of food that protects life on Earth and the well being of all.
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