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Seed Sovereignty: A way to Food Security, Cultural Preservation and Environmental Stewardship

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Seed Sovereignty: A way to Food Security, Cultural Preservation and Environmental Stewardship

Time: April 18, 2011 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: WWU - Viking Union Room 462 A/B
City/Town: Bellingham
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Event Type: presentation, q&a
Organized By: Eric Jensen, Matia Jones, Chelsea Thaw
Latest Activity: Apr 18, 2011

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"Seed Sovereignty: A way to Food Security, Cultural Preservation and Environmental Stewardship" will be presented by Matia Jones, current operator of Bellingham's Food Bank Farm and former coordinator of WWU's Outback Farm, as a part of WWU's Earth Week. Seed sovereignty firmly plants seed saving and seed stewardship in the realm of fundamental human rights. It is the freedom to save seed and determine the foundation of which our food system rests. With the current attacks of industry hitting at the heart of food sovereignty, the simple act of seed saving becomes a major act of resistance and social empowerment.

This presentation will explore the basic differences of heirloom, hybridized, and genetically modified seeds. We will look at the issues surrounding Green Revolution agricultural practices, geopolitics that promote and cause famine, and what genetically modified seeds do and do not have to offer our overpopulated world.

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Comment by Eric Jensen on April 16, 2011 at 12:50am
Heather, thanks for sharing this around the TW forums, to Max, and to whoever else you've passed it on to.  Many of us students are concerned about seed issues, particularly related to GMOs, that are so fundamental to life.  Keep passing along word, Matia gives fabulous presentations.  I will probably introduce Matia and will be sure and mention the Transition Whatcom group then.
Comment by Heather K on April 15, 2011 at 12:53pm

Great event Eric on food security & seed sovereignty!

 Our farmland communities need action advocates to protect our local seed-saving farmers from the effects of new GMO seeds being sold on the continent & this bioregion! 

Local transition “GMO Action” network at- http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/group/gmoaction

 

If you learn of individuals who are initiating local ordinance proposals to protect our seed sovereignty, invite them to share what their focus & needs are on our network, or add us to their email list.

All are welcome to join, but so far our groups 'actions' have not found someone with the energy to committ to working on this protection issue locally. Some of us work nationally, and some of us are farmers saving seeds!

 

Transtion Ferndale will be hosting the documentary

The World According to Montsanto” on April 26th. http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/transition-ferndale-movie-8

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