Seed & Food Freedom: 2-16 October 2013

Seed & Food Freedom: 2-16 October 2013

Posted by VandanaShiva SeedFreedom on YOUTUBE


Key Days of Action / Ideas for Action

Organise worldwide Actions for Seed Freedom and Food Freedom between 2-16 October. Add them to the Seed Freedom Map and we’ll share them via social media. For ideas for Actions, seeIdeas for Actions and Fortnight of Action 2012.

Dowload Vandana Shiva’s letter, graphics and other resources:


2nd October: Seed Satyagraha

  • Identify laws in your countries and region that threaten our biodiversity, farmers’ rights, Seed Freedom and Food Freedom and send them to us: info[@]

  • Organise a worldwide civil disobedience against unjust seed laws in the spirit of Gandhi

    Laws to look out for in your country and region

    1. Free Trade Agreements

    2. Patents on seed laws

    3. UPOV – International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants:

    4. Compulsory registration that makes diverse seed illegal

    5. Food Safety laws – Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary laws – which impose pseudo safety in the name of health and safety


12th October: March Against Monsanto

Organise protests, marches and gatherings at offices of seed multinationals and join millions marching around the world against Monsanto’s hijacking of the food system: www.march-against-monsanto.comMarch Against Monsanto Facebook


16th October: World Food Day Celebrations & Honouring Real Food Heroes

Celebrations for World Food Day

Celebrate Seed and Food Freedom everywhere, with friends, family and in your community.  Please share your ideas for World Food Day with us!

The Real World Food Prize – Honouring Real Food Heroes

  • Identify individuals in your community or in the world who make an outstanding contribution in the defence and promotion of Seed Freedom and Food Freedom


2-16 October: Start GMOFree – Seed Freedom Zones and Gardens of Hope

  • Declare a Seed Freedom Zone within your home, institution, village or municipality, which does not recognise patents on seed

  • Create Gardens of Hope – make every garden a seed sanctuary

  • Use the Law of The Seed as a tool for advocacy at local, regional or national levels to pass laws that respect biodiversity and farmers rights and undo laws that violate our Seed Freedom and Food Freedom. Download Law of The Seed: English; Italiano


If you are not part of a local food system, use this Fortnight of Action to create your Food Freedom by seeking out your local producers who grow GMO-Free organic food and promote Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).



China Warning for New Zealand on GE food

China Warning for New Zealand on GE food

Source :

Scientists at the International Conference on Ethnic Food Cultures and Food Safety, Kunming, China presented on a broad range of topics from ethnic and cultural values of food, to the evidence of harm caused by genetically engineered (GE) foods.

“China showed great leadership in opening up the debate on GE foods by inviting a group of leading scientists and doctors to present evidence about the cultural, environmental and serious health problems of GE food,” said GE-Free NZ president Claire Bleakley, who attended the conference.

The conference line-up of world class scientists included experts from New Zealand. Professor Jack Heinemann from Canterbury presented a 50-year comparison of agricultural methods in the US and Europe that shows the introduction of GE plants has impacted negatively on yields, diversity and pesticide use across America.

His study shows reductions in diversity, yield and sustainable farming practices since five commercial GE food crops (soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets) became commercialised in the US.

“The performance indicators overseas and worldwide consumer demand for GE- free food show that there would be a negative impact on the economic viability of any farmers growing GE food here.”

Other scientists warned about resistance in weeds and insects which has become catastrophic for farmers.

High levels of pesticides are being sprayed on the plants in an effort to control invading pests and weeds that have become resistant. UK scientist Dr. Mae Wan Ho said dangerous levels of these pesticides are now being detected in the urine of animals and humans.

The results of the longest animal feeding study conducted on GE foods were also presented to the conference in China.

French scientist Professor Gilles Seralini presented shocking evidence of harm to the health of animals eating GE foods identified in a groundbreaking lifetime feeding studies on rats. The study found severe stomach inflammation, liver and kidney and endocrine disruption, reproductive failure and formation of tumors.

“The headline message from the conference in China is for New Zealand to ensure its food security and continue to prohibit the contaminating and ecologically damaging use of GE seed, ” said Claire Bleakley, president of GE Free NZ.

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