Mexico City (venue tbc)
Keynote by Dr Vandana Shiva, “Defense of biodiversity and free seed liberty against food imperialism” and international panels on common strategies to resist GMO imperialism.
Open to the public. Registration details to be announced.
Seeds are the first link in the food chain. They embody our heritage and enfold the future evolution of life. It is our inherent duty and responsibility to protect our seeds and pass them on to future generations. Today, our seed sovereignty is threatened by intellectual property rights and new GMO technologies that have transformed seeds from a commons shared by farmers, to a commodity under the control and monopoly of agribusiness corporations.
GMO imperialism has destroyed the lives and livelihoods of small farmers and biodiversity in centers of origin. These centers of origin of biodiversity are the cradles of the world’s food supply, and the protection against plague, climate challenges, natural disasters or other hindrances to food production.
GMOs cannot be forced upon communities, violating norms of democracy and freedom.
Together as global citizens, we come together to stand against GMO bullying and in defense of our seeds. Uniting to resist the forces that threaten diversity and freedom in our seeds.
Thumbnail photo by Juan Antonio Correa Calfin