Seeds of Freedom - public film launch
Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots as the cornerstone of traditional, diverse farming across the world, to a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system. The film is being narrated by British actor Jeremy Irons. Watch the trailer and find out more by visiting the Seeds of Freedom website!
The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, have impacted upon biodiversity and the lives of farmers and communities around the world. Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge public perception that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world, because whilst this rhetoric dominates the pro-GM lobby, digging a little deeper beneath the soil exposes a corporate agenda for vast profit and control of the food global system.
Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty. The voices of rural communities and traditional farmers the world over are being sidelined and ignored. The nutritional, diverse, locally adapted and resilient seed crops which have been bred by small-scale farmers for millenia, are now being replaced by monocultures of GM seed.
Alongside speakers from indigenous farming communities, the film features global experts and activists Dr Vandana Shiva of Navdanya, Henk Hobbelink of GRAIN, Zac Goldsmith MP (UK Conservative party), Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, Gathuru Mburu of the African Biodiversity Network, Liz Hosken of The Gaia Foundation and Caroline Lucas MP (UK Green party).