There seems to be a whole world of seed politics, economics and social issues out there that is unknown to most of us. Yet many people are familiar with seeds. An international campaign is on the rise with seeds saving related events across the US and in countries like India, Chile, New Zealand, Greece, Belgium, France, Argentina, Italy, UK, Mexico, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Colombia and Indonesia.
The Global Alliance for Seed Freedom is drawing the attention of people and governments to the growing food insecurity. The threat is big business and politicians controlling the global food system by replacing the agro-biodiversity of farms with genetically modified (GM) seeds, and by way of patent law and seed registration, force the use of these seeds upon farmers and making it illegal for them to save their indigenous seeds. The monocultural GM seed also means the loss of naturally adapted indigenous crops bred by small-scale farmers for centuries and the loss of cultural traditions, practices and livelihoods.
Now the battle to end seed "slavery" is here in Australia with the first Seed Freedom Food Festival in Adelaide. And what better place to host such a festival than The Market Shed on Holland, an old undercover shed converted into an inner city market. Less a run-of-the-mill event and rather a movement, the Seed Freedom Food Festival encourages all South Australians to support the growing of indigenous seeds, the free exchange of seeds among farmers, eating organic and local, and growing your own food.
Some of the event highlights for adults and kids include a big food and seed swap meet, seed displays, organic gardening talks, seed saving workshops and organic food stalls. So grab your family and friends and check out the country's first Seed Freedom Food Festival for a gold coin donation.