Seeds are the heritage of family farmers and peasants, who preserve them to feed their families, their communities, and the world. However, seeds are increasingly being controlled and privatized by multinational companies. Without access to seeds, the way of life of small family farmers and peasants, most of whom live in the Global South, is threatened. By supporting small family farmers in their struggle to maintain the world’s seed biodiversity, we will ensure that they can continue to feed their families, and play a major role in fighting global hunger.
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has a campaign called Sow Much Love. This campaign calls for the respect of the rights of small family farmers to use, save, and exchange their seeds. Seeds are part of creation and are for the common good; they should not be owned by corporations!
The petition will be sent to Government of Canada, requesting that they do the following:
- Adopt international aid policies that support small family farmers, especially women, and recognize
their vital role in the struggle against hunger and poverty.
- Ensure that Canadian policies and programs are developed in consultation with small family farmers,
and that they protect the rights of small family farmers in the Global South to preserve, use and freely
Watch this video for more information. Learn more with this information page or these educational materials – and share them with your class! Get the materials you need to start collecting signatures. Or sign the online petition yourself!
Note: The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is a Christian organization. However, the content of this project is not faith-based.