The world over, legal and technological structures are being put in place to ensure the control of seeds. This is simply because seeds are big business. And three very big businesses–Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta–now own over half the world’s seeds. And they’re fighting to protect their ‘property’ by stopping farmers being able to save seed, and deluging the market with bland but functional, hybridized and genetically engineered varieties where nutrition isn’t what’s important any more. But it’s not happening without a fight. This fortnight marks a global campaign to fight for our food rights by fighting for Seed Freedom.
Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means a control over our lives, our food and our freedom.
Corporations like Monsanto have created a seed emergency — an emergency through patents on seeds, seed monopolies, biopiracy, genetic engineering and creation of non-renewable sterile seeds. Seed monopolies have pushed 250,000 farmers to commit suicide in India. After contaminating farmer’s seeds and crops, Monsanto sues farmers “for stealing their gene”, putting the polluter pays principle on its head, and making it the polluter gets paid principle.
The multidimensional emergency created by patents on seeds and GMOs needs a global collective response. Collectively, we must stop the patenting of seeds. Join the Global Movement for Seed Freedom to stop the corporate hijack of seed and with it the hijack of our food and our future.