Must seed-saving go underground?

Press Release – Food Matters Aotearoa New Zealand community gardens and home gardeners are likely to be undermined by trade deals such as the TPPA (1)which may allow regulation to criminalise our inherent human instinct to save the best seed for health and climatic conditions.Must seed-saving go underground?? New Zealand community gardens and home gardeners are likely to be undermined by trade deals such as the TPPA (1)which may allow regulation to criminalise our inherent human instinct to save the best seed for health and climatic conditions. Having modified the worst excesses of New Zealand’s Food Bill (2) through people power , those seeking to ensure they consume healthy food by growing it themselves are set to face more problems from bureaucrats if the TPPA is signed. Similar trade deals around the world are paving the way for corporate control of our seeds.(3) “If you think patenting GMO seeds was irresponsible; just look at their next ploy to control the world’s food; it’s regulation on steroids,” said Susie Lees from the Food Matters Aotearoa team. “This is a food fight not only for the right to save our own seeds but to ensure we keep highly nutritious varieties. If you want to save Granny’s fruit tree for posterity you will have to go underground.” Speakers Dr Vandana Shiva and Mark Christensen at the Food Matters Aotearoa Conference (4)will take...

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