Seed Freedom

Biosafety Alliance has joined Navdanya International and numerous other groups internationally in promoting the Seed Freedom Campaign.

With Navdanya International and other global networks we are putting on a seed satyagraha week of events in October, 2012 celebrating seed and promoting seed sovereignty in San Francisco, CA and in Portland, OR.

TO SUPPORT SEED FREEDOM IN THE NORTHWEST AND GLOBALLY:

JOIN US ON OCTOBER 20TH
FROM 10 AM-3 PM
Portland, Oregon
PSU Smith Bldg ROOM 101

SCHEDULE:

10-11 AM
MUSIC AND POETRY AND WALK FOR SEED FREEDOM AT THE PORTLAND SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET

11 AM-12.30 PM
SEED SAVING WORKSHOP WITH SARAH SULLIVAN

12.30-2 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT POLICY PROMOTING SEED SOVEREIGNTY LOCALLY, IN THE NORTHWEST AND GLOBALLY

with:

LEAH RODGERS: Field Director of FRIENDS OF FAMILY FARMERS

BILL AAL: COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE/ AGRA WATCH:
Bill Aal is co-Chair of Agra-Watch, a project of the Seattle based  Community Alliance for Global Justice,  he has been an anti-GMO and global justice organizer for the 15 years.  Aal co-founded Tools for Change, a multi-cultural organization working with individuals and organizations to promote healing, leadership development, and the creation of sustainable democratic structures. He is co-author with Margo Adair of Practical Meditation for Busy Souls (Sourcebooks, 2008) and has authored numerous articles on politics, spirituality and sustainability. 

JULIA DeGRAW: FOOD AND WATER WATCH:
Julia DeGraw is the Northwest Organizer for Food & Water Watch. Julia is an Oregon native passionate about protecting the Northwest’s essential food and water resources. She works with local groups to prevent the privatization of public water municipalities and to stop companies from bottling Northwest water. She is also building regional support for Genetically Engineered food labeling laws. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Julia worked with the Gifford Pinchot Task Force where she launched a campaign to protect rivers in Southwest Washington state. She also completed Green Corps’ one-year program to train the next generation of organizers. While with Green Corps, Julia took part in many campaigns including an international campaign against Coca Cola’s illegal water bottling practices in India. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Julia can be reached at jdegraw(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

2-3 PM
POTLUCK AND SEED EXCHANGE

Please get in touch if you would like to:

  • Collaborate in drafting seed freedom reports: compile seed saving stories, conduct interviews, assist with research, edit, compile stories
  • Organize or facilitate a workshop, presentation, film screening, panel, or discussion in October
  • Volunteer during the week of events
  • Endorse the campaign
  • Assist in campaign strategy, help coordinate and organize community events.
  • Build coalitions with community-based organizations and various low-income communities.

JOIN THE Seed Freedom Campaign:

“Seed affects all life on earth and every human being.

Open-pollinated organic seeds create the foundation for a mutually beneficial relationship with pollinators like butterflies and bees, soil organisms, birds and insects.

Chemically bred seed and monocultures destroy biodiversity both above and below the soil.

Farmers have bred open source seeds for health, nutrition, taste and diversity. Seeds of freedom for farmers are also seeds of freedom for everyone that eats food that farmers grow. Healthy seeds produce healthy food, whereas seeds bred to respond to chemicals or genetically modified seed contributes to disease and ill-health. Seed Freedom is Food freedom.

Each of us needs to become a seed defender to protect the freedom of seed and biodiversity and our own freedoms to have healthy, safe and diverse food. We need to act because industrial farming, genetic engineering and seed patents are undermining our freedoms.

You can be a seed defender by joining actions through the Seed Freedom Movement.”

See www.seedfreedom.in for more info.

 

For the Portland Seed Satyagraha, please contact Karen Swift at:

karen@biosafetyalliance.org
805-704-4166

BELOW:
 

Seed Freedom Campaign: West Coast Launch with Vandana Shiva: May 3rd, Portland, OR, at the Ecotrust building

 

VANDANA SHIVA: Seed Freedom from cheryle easter on Vimeo.

 

Vandana Shiva Pt. II of II, SEED FREEDOM from cheryle easter on Vimeo.

Terminator Seed from cheryle easter on Vimeo.