Vandana Shiva on Seed Saving

"The desire to save seeds comes from an ethical urge to defend life's evolution" says Vandana Shiva, activist, author and scholar.

150,000 farmers in India have committed suicide in areas where seed has been destroyed...where they have to buy the seed every year from Monsanto at a very high cost.

Saving seeds is crucial now for our farmers, for the plant varieties and species that will otherwise be extinct, for the health of the land and ourselves.

"What we've done is create community seed banks" Shiva tells us "places where we collect and save seeds, rescue them from disappearance, multiply them and then distribute them according to farmers needs."

About 40 seed banks have been created across India and in these places, farmers are not in distress.

-- Bibi Farber

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