Thursday, April 2, 2009

International Seeds Day

Dear Rania sent me this:

We are writing to invite you to endorse April 26
as International
Seeds Day (ISD) to educate the public at your city about patent seeds, genetically modified food, agribusiness under globalization and
Order 81.
Please find the incomplete list of endorsers below.

People worldwide acknowledge the sixth anniversary of the Iraq War
on March 19/20. But many don't know of another war taken place
in Iraq. It is the war against Iraqi farmers
and the future of agriculture.
April 26
(2004) marks the fifth anniversary of the issuing and signing
of Order 81
(see full text below) by Paul Bremer, the administrator of the
Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) who was appointed in 2003.

Order 81 gives full rights to American agribusiness corporations such
as Monsanto to control the future of Iraqi seeds and agriculture, prohibits
Iraqi farmers from reusing their traditional seeds and forces them to buy
seeds and Agricultural material from USA companies.

Endorsers will participate in some or all of the following:

* publicize April 26 as an International Seeds Day (beginning on
March 23) on the Internet, via email, postage mail and/or in their events.

* organize teach-ins or any other event they see fit on April 26 to
educate about patent seeds, the future of agriculture, terminator seeds
technology and Order 81

* help publicize the International Seeds Day (ISD) through alternative and
mainstream media as well as post the list of events taken place on
April 26
worldwide beginning on March 31 through alternative and
mainstream media on Internet, distribute via emails and announce in
public events.

We greatly appreciate your help in making ISD a worldwide success.


Richard Sullivan
Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
P.O. Box 425125
Cambridge, MA. 02142 USA
Tel: 1 (617) 86-INEAS (864-6327)


seedman said...

We support the 26th of April as International Seed Saving Day.

Find detailed seed saving instructions and inspiration to save your own seeds on the website of this 20 year-old non-profit:

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! I love my gardens, and make my own compost. Love that you're taking an interest, but hate that I'm the only comment!

Anonymous said...

So glad you are taking a stance, but so sad I'm the only comment almost a year later!

organic farmer