Seeds of Freedom

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Objet(s) de commun : Biodiversité,  Seeds Commons,  Semences Communes  Enjeu(x) : Brevets,  Semences,  Souveraineté alimentaire,  Propriété intellectuelle  

Un film historique raconté par Jeremy Irons. Pour en savoir plus

L’histoire des semences est devenu celle de la perte de contrôle, de la dépendance et de la dette. Elle a été écrite par ceux qui veulent faire les plus grands profits de notre système alimentaire, quel que soit le coût réel. Il est temps de changer l’histoire.


Date de publication 2012
Durée 00:30:00
Langue du contenu EN
Fait partie de Documentaires sur les communs
Média Vidéo
URL de diffusion
Service de diffusion youtube
Identifiant de diffusion C-bK8X2s1kI
Producteur(s) Gaia Foundation (Gaia), African Biodiversity Network (ABN), MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International and GRAIN.
Participant(s) IRONS Jeremy

Seeds of Freedom is a video documentary on the Enclosure of the Seeds Commons

The makers explain:

“A landmark film narrated by Jeremy Irons. The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It’s time to change the story.”

“Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro -biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.

Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world, promoted by the pro-GM lobby. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how corporate agenda has driven the take over of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the food global system.

Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty. The pressure is growing to replace the diverse, nutritional, locally adapted and resilient seed crops which have been bred by small-scale farmers for millenia, by monocultures of GM seed.

Alongside speakers from indigenous farming communities, the film features global experts and activists Dr Vandana Shiva of Navdanya, Henk Hobbelink of GRAIN, Zac Goldsmith MP (UK Conservative party), Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, Gathuru Mburu of the African Biodiversity Network, Liz Hosken of The Gaia Foundation and Caroline Lucas MP (UK Green party).”

The Gaia Foundation (Gaia) works with individuals, orgaizations and networks, in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe, to regenerate healthy ecosystems, enhance traditional practices for seed, food and water sovereignty, and strengthen community ecological governance.

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