Ecuador Food Sovereignty Under Threat

In 2008, Ecuador’s Constitution uniquely declared the country “Free of Transgenic Seeds and Crops”. This bold move set Ecuador apart as a leader in supporting food sovereignty and effective, farmer-centered agricultural strategies designed to help local farmers maintain and improve their sustainable livelihoods by having the choice to continue using their own native seeds.

However, this policy is now under fire. A new law that would allow transgenic seeds and crops to enter Ecuador for research purposes is making its way through the legislative system. While the bill as written would only open the door for research purposes, this “experimentation” clearly violates the country’s constitutional ban on transgenic seeds and is a slippery slope that we fear will lead to broader introduction of genetically modified seeds and crops – taking food sovereignty out of the hands of farmers.

The law has passed through committee and will be taken to a vote before the National Assembly very shortly. We need you to stand with local Ecuadorian farmers and support their right to continue using their own seeds without interference from global GMO seed producers. Join us in calling on the President of the National Assembly and the President of the Commission on Food Sovereignty to keep this dangerous bill from becoming law.

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Action Alert: Ecuador Food Sovereignty

Honorable José Serrano

Dear President Serrano:

The world has noted with great admiration that Ecuador was the first country to be declared constitutionally free of transgenic seeds and crops.

We are saddened to learn that some in Ecuador are arguing to allow transgenic seeds to enter the country for research. It is up to you to prevent this from happening. While the bill as written would only open the door for research purposes, this “experimentation” clearly violates the country’s constitutional ban on transgenic seeds and is a slippery slope that we fear will lead to broader introduction of genetically modified seeds and crops.

We hope that you will stand with rural farmers, civil society organizations, agroecologists, and their international community of support in preventing this exception to the constitutional transgenic seed and crop ban.

Sincerely yours,

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  • rushka johnson May 31, 2017   Reply →

    Enough with the toxic GMOs now! It is already a huge catastrophe accross the globe. A mess that the next generation will be left with to clean up.
    Agroecology. permaculture and sustainable systems will feed the world. NOT toxic GMOs with their poisonous herbicides, patented and owned by big corp. which is only serving in polluting and destroying our earth and people and owning our farms and people.
    #bangmo #resistanceisfertile #seedfreedom

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