Criminalizing ancient native seeds, the most heinous science fiction

Criminalizing ancient native seeds, the most heinous science fiction

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By Ramón Vera Herrera

Native, free, common, trusted seeds are the oldest living human tradition, and they give hope of a possible future. Their exchange speaks of ancient knowledge that is renewed each agricultural cycle, gives certainty to a biological diversity that expands and strengthens the cultivation of which they are germ

Capitalism has managed to turn each of the crises that we are experiencing into an opportunity to do more business and earn more. Environmental warming is progressive and uncontrolled. We are about to enter into an energy crisis and a civilizational pattern by dangerously depleting oil sources. Cities overflow their limits due to the vicious circle of expulsion-migration-urbanization-invasion-expulsion.

The garbage they dump in the territories of the towns also overflows. The revolt arises when water runs out and food prices rise, hunger bites and environmental devastation becomes widespread.

In the face of global warming, what occurs to them is to replace areas planted with food for more and more land (which will not be enough) dedicated to growing raw material for agro-industrial fuels that do not yield because they produce less energy than invested but promote other sources of profit. Financial speculation found that starving many millions of people was big business. The companies design new GMOs as long as a few large corporations expand their already inordinate control over the food chain with patented seeds and more tremendous agrochemicals that drug the soils and devastate them without regard, again, for the business.

Officials from the World Food Program and FAO go to the height of proposing and agreeing (in hysterical chorus with the Gates and Rockefeller foundations), a new Green Revolution that proposes the same top-down and homogenizing packages of seeds and agrochemicals in its disastrous first version. And these pesticides, a substantial part of industrial agriculture, are one of the main sources of greenhouse gases.

The pseudo-philanthropic developmental crusade of Gates and Rockefeller acquires its most sinister face when we remember that these characters are advised by the genocidal Ernesto Zedillo (the one from the Aguas Blancas, El Charco, El Bosque and Acteal massacre).

There is nowhere near the claim to build a more sustainable and equitable food system. They are only looking to continue the business and make easy money. It is taboo to reformulate the rules of the financial system or to curb speculators.

Throughout the world, laws and free trade agreements make illegal the ancient practice of freely saving and exchanging the seeds of communities because large companies (a kind of consortium between science, finance, commerce, international regulatory bodies, legislation and the police) have eagerly sought from where to make a direct, radical, total attack, to eradicate agriculture, privatize it, and replace it with pure agribusiness. They want to dilute the potential of the talisman that has allowed the sowers to remain free: the seed. This is the key to food networks, to the real independence of the peasants from the invasive and corrupting ways of landowners, farmers, drug traffickers, pharmaceutical companies, agrochemicals, food processors, supermarkets and governments. Researchers at large companies assume that their restricted and weak (homogeneous, they will say) versions of the infinite variety of seeds replace the infinite genetic potential of crops and secure the future of agricultural production. But they are completely wrong.

Native, free, common, trusted seeds are the oldest living human tradition, and they give hope that there is a possible future. Their exchange speaks of ancient knowledge that is renewed each agricultural cycle, gives certainty to a biological diversity that expands and strengthens the cultivation of which they are germ.

Millions of collectives put their lives in planting, cleaning, cultivating, harvesting and collecting the most special specimens to keep and exchange them with relatives, neighbors, friends, the community and other communities. With their care and continuous selection over the millennia, they have managed to maintain a full life almost outside the clumsy system that takes over the world, on the margins of the control apparatus of States, companies and governments. Still in the world more than 1,400 million peasants produce their own food, feed the world and depend only tangentially on the market. This allows them to maintain a more or less self-governed life and comprehensively care for the territories they inhabit: the forest, the moors, the rain, the springs, the rivers, the plants, the animals, beings and presences, our dead.

Leaving more than 1.4 billion peasants out of the food market is a luxury that companies do not want to afford. Including them by force will tie up your gains and make submission irreversible. It will expand business control (from production to food retail). There will be no unleashing of their profits without regulations to all those insubordinate peasants and communities that from their life of sowing understand the world differently and know that capitalism ambitions their territories, their resources, their ancestral knowledge and their precarious workforce in the cities.

Crises are concatenated and intertwined

It is urgent to produce our own food, whether in the country or in the city. Those of us who are most badly unemployed are the people of the city who are in the hands of the agro-industries and supermarkets that will drag us into their planetary suicide. It is time to take seriously and put into practice the proposals of the peasant communities. Before it was utopia, which many people described as outdated. Today there is no escape.

What good are silos stuffed with transgenic cereals, plagued with agrochemicals and controlled by speculators? We have to boost others food, some that people take care of, cultivate, work, manage and value in their own spaces, and not the food produced on a large scale by large companies linked to networks of all kinds of manipulations that add biological and social harmfulness in order to Profit .

Today, the peasants who save their seeds and exchange them freely are the clearest symbol of a planetary resistance against the control systems. They are also, precisely, those who have felt the worst of the crisis. The attempt to eradicate the seeds that for 10,000 years have fed us (and their body of agricultural knowledge) seems to be taken from a science fiction more atrocious than Fahrenheit 451 describing a world where books and reading were forbidden.

Camila Montecinos says: "if peasant agriculture were ineffective, or marginal, there would not be so much effort to eradicate it." In the very long term its potential for autonomy, horizon and questioning is so remarkable that sowing today is an act of active resistance.

Source: La Jornada

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