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Women’s Project Preserves Cultural Heritage of Mayan Food System in Guatemala

In honor of last month’s International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22nd, we are spotlighting our partners at Qachuu Aloom in Guatemala. Over the past year they have developed a health and nutrition project to strengthen cultural identity and the Mayan-Achi food system. The project aims to preserve knowledge about local plants and seeds, […]

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The GMO Debate Rages in Ecuador over Constitutionality of Seeds

On May 22, the world celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity. For Groundswell International and the partners and communities we work with around the world, the day marks the vital connections between stronger farmer management of local seed varieties, seed sovereignty, diversified family farming, as well as human and environmental health.  Debates about the adoption […]

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Lessons from West Africa: Five Leverage Points

Our dynamic program in West Africa works with partners in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Ghana, who collaborate and exchange to sharpen their strategies to better catalyze community-based and farmer-driven agroecology. With this network in place, we strengthen local initiatives and make agroecology more accessible to family farmers through shared learning. Peter Gubbels, Director for […]

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Starting from Seed, How to Prepare for Spring Planting

The following post is written by Chris Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager for Sow True Seed. Sow True Seed is an open-pollinated, untreated, GMO-free seed company in Asheville, NC offering 400+ varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds featuring heirloom, organic, and traditional favorites. For the past few years, we’ve partnered with Sow True Seed […]

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Beyond Food Philosophy: A Response to The Washington Post

The following post, written by Peter Gubbels, is a response to the recent Washington Post article: “Why everyone who is sure about a food philosophy is wrong”. Peter is Groundswell International’s Director of Action Learning and Advocacy in West Africa.  I would agree there are blatantly polemical, entrenched positions being taken on both sides of the GMO […]

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Jeffrey Smith Visits Ecuador to Talk About GMOs

Jeffrey Smith, Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and author of the film “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives”, recently traveled to Ecuador to meet with different government officials and activist groups about the risks of GMOs. Stephen Sherwood, a Groundswell co-founder and Board member who lives in Ecuador, met with Jeffrey while […]

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2015 Spring Seed Campaign: What seeds will you plant?

Dear Friend of Groundswell, I am writing to you today from the Groundswell International coordination office in Asheville, North Carolina where I am surrounded by open-pollinated, GMO-free seed packets. We have already mailed out hundreds of seeds across the country as part of our Annual Spring Seed Campaign. This year’s campaign, in collaboration with our […]

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World Food Day Celebrates Family Farmers Across the Globe

Today is World Food Day, a global day of action to address hunger and celebrate the heroes working to eradicate it. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates 805 million people around the world are hungry, or food insecure–they do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. More than 70 percent of […]

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