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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.
The Orange County Register, 29 Jun 2016 - Re: "To legalize pot or not" [Letters, June 26]: I am 66 years old and disabled from fractured hip and cancer surgery. I fully agree with Jean M. Adams that cannabis is preferable to the pain medication I am now prescribed. If cannabis helps, leave people alone. I want it legal, without government interfere […]
East Bay Express, 29 Jun 2016 - Our writer picks his favorite cannabis for stress, anxiety, and pain, sleepless nights, and even lingering PTSD. The average medical-cannabis patients' tastes have evolved from merely being satisfied with having some buds to understanding types of buds, such as indica and sativa. Still, patients can do better. Here are so […]
The Press Democrat, 29 Jun 2016 - SACRAMENTO (AP) - California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot. A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans liv […]
Los Angeles Times, 29 Jun 2016 - An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California officially took its place on the Nov. 8 ballot Tuesday as its campaign took a commanding lead in fundraising to battle the measure's opponents. The secretary of state's office certified that a random sample showed sufficient signatures […]
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Jun 2016 - SACRAMENTO (AP) California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot. A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in […]
The Union, 27 Jun 2016 - Medical marijuana advocates bristled at a Monday meeting over suggested grow regulations, saying the proposed plant count restrictions go too far. Grow supporters also opposed the creation of a per-plant, per-day fine for violators of any new marijuana ordinance, though some advocates indicated they'd support the fines if their […]
San Diego Union Tribune, 26 Jun 2016 - Regarding "City smart to prepare for marijuana use" (June 22): Didn't the ability to tax the heck out of marijuana take the stigma out of it in a hurry? By the time the legal marijuana initiative reaches the voters, it will have so many tax amendments stuck to it that it will look like a telephone pole on […]
The Salinas Californian, 25 Jun 2016 - Commercialized medical pot is a go in Salinas, but businesses are a ways from hanging a shingle. Since it started accepting applications for commercialized medical marijuana on June 6, the city has not received any applicants. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 6. But City Attorney Chris Callihan said he i […]
The Daily Californian, 23 Jun 2016 - OAKLAND - In a speech Tuesday morning, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom urged cannabis industry members to put their best efforts into passing marijuana legalization legislation on November's ballot. Newsom addressed cannabis business leaders and activists at the Cannabis Business Summit in Oakland on Tuesday morning. Newsom cr […]