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Seeds of Freedom
Seeds of Freedomcharts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.
The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.
Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world, promoted by the pro-GM lobby. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how corporate agenda has driven the take over of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the food global system.
Produced by The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network, in collaboration with MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International and GRAIN.
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." Albert Einstein, "My First Impression of the USA," 1921
Ngaio Bealum joins us to discuss the effects of the West Coast medical marijuana crackdown, promoting May 20 Portland Mt. Tabor Theater show; Dave Bienenstock from HIGH TIMES with a preview of the newsstand issue and San Francisco's Medical Cannabis Cup; music by The Effinays
Live report from attorneys Lance Rogers and Michael Cindrich at the San Diego NORML protest of DEA abuse of Daniel Chong; highlights from the DFW NORML Cinco de Mota march; Rant: Debunking No on I-502 Misinformation, Again.
Manteca Bulletin, 03 Aug 2015 - With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land - including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. - who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility? The iconic musician and intrepid fighter […]
Appeal-Democrat, 02 Aug 2015 - After earlier opposing a bill that would give the state more control over regulating medical marijuana, area Assemblyman James Gallagher said last week there might be need for state oversight. Gallagher earlier opposed AB 266, which would create an Office of Marijuana Regulation within the governor's office, saying it woul […]
The Orange County Register, 02 Aug 2015 - Re: "Drug legalization: Learn from Portugal" [Opinion, July 26]: As a former drug warrior, I offer my support to the Register for their editorial on Portugal's drug laws. The American War on Drugs is slowly coming to a close, and we must take notes from those who have trekked this path before. Portugal […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 03 Aug 2015 - I invite readers to look up egomania and trumpery in the dictionary. But heck, I'll save them the time. Egomania is the obsessive preoccupation with the self. Trumpery is showy but worthless finery; nonsense: trickery. Also, consider "chameleon." Donald Trump goes to Laredo, on the border, and lambasts tr […]
Sacramento Bee, 01 Aug 2015 - Re "Newsom takes high road on marijuana" (Forum, Dan Morain, July 26): What real value does legalizing marijuana for recreational use have? A euphemism for marijuana is dope. Its sole purpose is to get someone high. Isn't it enough that smoking cigarettes has been proven to be hazardous to our well-being? Instead […]
Appeal-Democrat, 01 Aug 2015 - The people who are actually illegally growing marijuana in Yuba County aren't always the only ones penalized for violating the county's stricter cannabis ordinance. Property owners, whether they live within view of marijuana gardens grown by tenants or are out-of-area and unaware of what renters are doing, are subject […]
The Acorn, 30 Jul 2015 - In last week's story "Pot 2.0," why are the only sources cited law enforcement officials who have a vested interest in keeping marijuana prohibition going? No, marijuana is not a narcotic. No, butane labs are not exploding all over the state like Fourth of July fireworks.
San Diego Union Tribune, 31 Jul 2015 - Regarding "Pot shop crackdown accelerating" (July 27): Writer David Garrick missed it. Community leaders have lobbied the city to shut down illegal pot shops not because they are "much less regulated" than "legal" dispensaries but because they are just plain drug dealers selling for profit. […]
The Chico News & Review, 30 Jul 2015 - What Does Roadmap for Legalizing Pot Mean for Recreational Weed on the 2016 Ballot? A widely praised report on pot legalization in California released last week warns that recreational weed in the state won't necessarily mean more green for its financial coffers.