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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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Groundswell Basil Recipe Contest Winner

This spring, Groundswell International sent out hundreds of organic basil seeds as part of our Spring Seed Campaign and partnership with Buchi Kombucha and Sow True Seed. Thank you to everyone who participated! Your support helped raise awareness about the importance of GMO-free seeds and sovereign local seed systems as the foundation for food security. To celebrate all of the Groundswell […]

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US Government Pressures El Salvador to Accept GM Corn

The US government has aggressively been promoting the interests of the biotech industry in developing countries by setting conditions for USAID packages. The most recent and blatant example was in El Salvador, where the Millennium Challenge Compact  renewal grant of over 200 million dollars was contingent on El Salvador changing its policies to allow Monsanto to […]

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