Local group fights genetically modified seed


 A worldwide campaign is emerging against corporate agribusiness's genetically modified foods and to preserve local seeds and crops. This video traces, one such effort the Semillas Criollas Indigenous Seed Project.


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  • Hybrid seeds created either through conventional breeding programs for many decades, or transgenic seeds bred with newer biotechnology and carrying genes that prevent reseeding, grow into crops whose seeds cannot be planted for another crop-growing season. This limitation is not inherent in transgenic crops but is consciously created by the agribusinesses in order to prevent farmers from saving seed and therefore force them to buy new seed each season, ensuring high profits to the agribusinesses. If seed producers were owned by and beholden to the people, they could generate transgenic seed that produced a next generation of seeds that could be saved and planted for the next crop. Such organizations do exist and are working to make transgenic seeds, drought resistent for example, eminently savable to low income farmers in developing countries.

    Posted by Chester Steorra, 01/23/2010 5:45pm (6 years ago)

  • Thanks for introducing us to these great fighters. I'd like to read more about this issue.

    Posted by Bobbie, 01/21/2010 11:45pm (6 years ago)

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