Control over seed is control over food.
An example is the newly proposed EC seed legislation imposing compulsory registration of all seeds, including those used by organic farmers and gardeners.
Similar legislation is being introduced across the world. The European court of Justice ruling in the Kokopelli case is an indication of how, even courts are being influenced by corporate monopolies and the paradigm of industrial agriculture. The recent US Supreme Court ruling in the case of Monsanto versus Bowman is a wake-up call for citizens to assess the consequences of patents on seed.
the freedom of seed and the freedom of farmers and gardeners to freely save and exchange seed and to be free of GMOs and seed monopolies.
On 17th of May at Terra Futura in Florence, Navdanya presented the Law of the Seed based on scientific and legal principals that protect diversity and democracy.
The Law of The Seed puts at its centre Seed Freedom – the freedom of the seed, of farmers, gardeners and all citizens – in place of the illegitimate freedom of corporations to claim the genetic wealth of the planet as their invention and property, while criminalizing citizen freedoms.
We invite you to contribute to a global report on Monsanto's empire and the worldwide Monsanto Protection Acts threatening our seed sovereignty and food sovereignty. We hope you could send us 2-5 pages identifying in your respective countries unjust seed laws and “Monsanto Protection Acts” related to patents, biotechnology and bio-safety and seed laws criminalizing farmers' varieties so that we can launch it together during the fortnight for Seed Freedom from 2nd October to 16th October 2013.