An educational day to bring awareness about the patenting of life forms, and the danger of bio-piracy and agricultural monocultures.
Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
We Wish All ISD Endorsers, farmers, organic food advocates, scientists and activists a
Merry Seed Day
and we hope that this seed campaign reaches many African and Asian countries in 2011
Please help us help you
We thank you for distributing this greeting widely
1. On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed
businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit in March 2010 against Monsanto Company to challenge the chemical giant's patents on genetically modified seed
2. From ISD endorser and farmer Morgana Washington:
"With any luck, we will be putting in our first seeds on the 26th. The weather here in upstate NY has been cruel as far as seed setting is concerned. But we are going to do it on the 26th, as the temp.'s seem to be stabilizing enough for the ground temp. to come up in our cold frame. Then we will lay out our NEW garden from which we hope to mostly feed ourselves in 2011. We are using organic and heirloom seeds as a thumbing of the nose to the eco-terrorist corporatocracies like Monsanto, Syngen et al.
Our only worries are how much radionuclides the plants will absorb, but since gardening under cover is not an option for us, we will accept the risks to ourselves and eat our own food.
Happy planting everyone!" Morgana
3. Since April 18, we have been phoning women, farmers, agriculture experts and activists in India and Iraq to alert them
about International Seed Day (ISD), its mission, the phenomena of seed patenting and genetically modified seeds (GMS). Bringing
awareness to the public and forming an international committee of lawyers, scientists, farmers, journalists and activists that collectively alert, exchange information, take action, protest and defend against the monopoly and bio piracy of the agribusiness corporations is essential and long overdue.
Merry Seed Day
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