The source of our planet’s food is under threat. Ten agro-chemical firms own 73% of the commercial seed market, and as many as 93% of seed varieties have gone extinct. In the US alone 85% of apple varieties have disappeared.
Monsanto and co. are privatising the genesis of nature. And this corporate takeover is decimating sustainable farming, destroying the diversity of our crops, and making them vulnerable to diseases that could threaten our food security.
But farmers are resisting, saving seeds in banks and barns across the world. Now they have devised a revolutionary project — the first ever, non-profit “eBay” of seed where any farmer, anywhere can source a wide variety of plants cheaper than the genetically modified seeds from chemical companies. This global online store could re-flood the market with all kinds of seeds and slowly break the monopoly that is putting our food future at risk!
This could be the most innovative agricultural idea in decades — a Noah’s Ark of seeds. But chemical companies often bully and sue those that get in their way, and farmers are calling on us to support them. If we raise enough now we can help them launch the online site, support seed storing in key countries, finance marketing and advertising, and fund the legal defence to fight back.
“To plant a seed is to activate the deepest mysteries of the Universe.” These seeds hold the origin and mystery of so much of life as we know it. Let’s support this movement to protect that mystery from complete corporate control and help bring back thousands of food plants we thought were already lost.
With hope and determination,
Alice, Maria Paz, Nick, Emma, Ricken, Antonia, Patricia, Mais, Emily, Diego and the whole Avaaz team
- 2013 Report: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late (UN Conference on Trade and Development)
- On India’s Farms, a Plague of Suicide (New York Times)
- How many farmers plant GM worldwide? (EuropaBio)
- Ministry blames BT cotton for farmer suicides (Hindustan Times)
- Monsanto Lawsuits Pile Up as American Farmers Demand Rights (Mother Earth News)
- Life in the Rural Police State of Monsanto (Truth Out)
- From 1903 -1983 the world lost 93 percent of key seed varieties (National Geographic)
- The pernicious characteristics of monocultures (PBS)
- Norway invests $23.7 million in crop diversity to help farmers face climate change (FAO)
- World Food Day 2004 highlights the importance of biodiversity to global food security (FAO)
- Political Power of the Agribusiness & Crop Insurance Lobbies (Taxpayers for Common Sense)
- Putting the Cartel before the Horse (ETC)