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Photos by Camilla Becket, Becket FilmsThe Seeds of Vandana Shiva

Navdanya India

Dear Defenders of Seed Freedom,

I so wish I could have been with you for this important gathering for the rights of the seed and all species, for freedom of seed which embraces freedom of farmers to breed, save, exchange sell their open source varieties, for freedom of all citizens to get food from tasty, safe, nutritious, resilient GMO free, chemical seeds.

I join you in spirit to defend Seed Freedom which is threatened by the California Seed Law. At a time when scientists recognize that we must breed and grow seeds which are diverse, have nutritious quality, and are Climate Resilient, the California law is promoting the opposite –uniformity, more toxics and GMOs, more corporate control, and more climate vulnerability.

The food related disease epidemic, climate catastrophes, the economic crises faced by small farmers are all rooted in industrial agriculture and seeds bred for industrial farming. 75% chronic diseases are food related, 50% Green House Gases come from an industrial, globalized system of food and agriculture, and unfair and unjust industrial agriculture is driving out small farmers and family farmers worldwide. In India alone, more than 300,000 farmers have been driven to suicide because of high costs of seeds and chemicals, and seed monopolies linked to GMO Bt cotton.

Seed Saving is our birthright. Saving Seeds and Biodiversity is our highest ecological duty to the Earth and Present and Future Generations.

The California law interferes in our duty to breed, save, exchange good open source seeds for the health of the planet, health of our societies, health of our children.

Gandhi had said “As long as the superstition exists that unjust laws must be obeyed, so long will seed slavery exist”.

And Martin Luther King had said “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws”

We have a moral imperative to follow in the footsteps of Gandhi and King.

I greet you for 2016, wish you all strength, and send you much love from a remote corner of North East India where Navdanya is starting a new community seed bank and helping farmers go Organic.

Together as Earth Citizens, aligned with the Earth and her bountiful diversity, we will stop the expansion of toxic monocultures and monopolies.


California amendment strikes nerve with Nevada County seed freedom movement

By Laura Petersen – The Union, 12 January 2016

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SOS Save Our Seeds March & Rally

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Seed Freedom Day against California AB2470

Finley, California, USA – 1st July 2015