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Seed Sovereignty

Definition:

The freedom to collect, re-grow, save and distribute seed, free of legal and practical restrictions, as a necessary foundation for healthy, equitable and resilient food systems. Seed sovereignty is asserted as an act of resistance and social empowerment in response to the monopolization of seeds (as well as DNA) by agrochemical firms, and regulations of seeds favoring such firms. One of the most notable proponents of seed sovereignty is Dr. Vandana Shiva, and the participatory research initiative she helped start, Navdanya.

Example of Seed Sovereignty:

Patenting native seeds such as Basmati rice in India by big agricultural companies raises the issue of seed sovereignty. Vandana Shiva is an activist who believes that Basmati seeds can’t be patented and that the local Indians have rights to distribute and save Basmati seeds as part of their sovereignty.
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