“Network of Guardians for Seeds of Life” visits Europe

Red de Guardianes de Semillas de VidaDuring their tour of Europe, two members of the “Network of Guardians for Seeds of Life” recently gave a presentation on prevailing problems in agriculture in Colombia.

The free trade agreement (FTA) signed by Colombia with the United States (2012) and the European Union (2013) laid down a number of requirements to be fulfilled by Colombia. In 2010, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) brought new legislation into force, Resolution 970. This resolution declared native seed to be illegal and forced farmers to plant only certified seed, penalizing and criminalizing the use and production of native seed. Farmers convicted of using non-certified seed face terms of imprisonment of 4 to 8 years.

paro agrarioBetween 2010 and 2012, more than 4,000 tons of seed were seized from farmers and destroyed. Massive outrage in 2013 about these events was expressed in different ways, and led to nationwide agricultural strikes in Colombia. This civil response has momentarily stopped the criminalization of the use of non-certified seed.

The “Network of Guardians for Seeds of Life“ is fighting for agroecological practices to preserve agrobiodiversity and for regional markets to be supplied with local native seed and food.

By clicking this link, you can adopt a native seed and contribute to the network’s goals.

http://colombia.redsemillas.org/ (spanish only).

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