The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It’s time to change the story.
Caroline Lucas MP talks about the privatisation, patenting and politics of seed, and reminds us all that when consumers stand together, we have the ‘people power’ to influence change.
John Vidal, Environment Editor at the Guardian emphasises that the handful of companies controlling the world’s seed are chemical companies motivated by profit, not people. He says agroecology holds the key to the future of food.
Zac Goldsmith MP highlights the need for consumers to use their purchasing power to keep GM food out of UK supermarkets. He calls for a return to the ‘human scale’ for our food system, heeding the importance of living within our ecological means.
Environmental activist Vandana Shiva discusses the devastating impact of genetic engineering and the corporate control of seed on Indian farmers. She exposes the fallacies and marketing tactics used to encourage farmers to buy into a false dream.
Ethnobotanist Patricia Howard explains the vital role that women play in maintaining and enhancing the diversity of indigenous crops around the world. This knowledge is critical in the face of climate change.
Henk Hobbelink of GRAIN contrasts the approaches to seed conservation that have emerged since the so-called ‘green revolution’. He advocates for on-farm, farmer-led conservation which secures the control of seed in the hands of small farmers.
Liz Hosken from The Gaia Foundation talks about the importance of small-scale farming systems in the face of climate change. Under pressure from agribusiness, critical traditional knowledge and seed diversity is greatly threatened.
Pat Mooney from the ETC Group Canada talks about the rise and influence of agri-business and asserts that it is peasant farmers who will feed the world’s growing population, provided they have control over their own seeds and food systems.