ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE OF YOUR FOOD CHOICES

 & ACCESS TO NUTRITIONAL FOOD?

Then participate in how it is grown before your food choices disappear….
Make your voice count and comment on the Seed Bill & Plant Improvers Bill

Please see details of upcoming Seed Workshops & Public Hearings here

UPDATE: Western Cape Email Submissions Deadline has been extended to 19 August 2017

Gauteng Submissions have been extended to 13 September 2017!

take this opportunity to add your voice to support the smallscale farmers of South Africa who wish to continue offering you the food varieties that nourish you.

 

SEEDBILLPIC

African Centre for Biodiversity wrote: The Plant Breeders’ Rights and Plant Improvement Bills restrict the saving, trading, exchanging, and sale of seed. This can have massive ramifications on seed and food sovereignty, agricultural biodiversity, access to diverse seed, and increasing the disparities and inequalities in South African agriculture, food and nutrition.

We urgently need to protect and preserve our food and seed sovereignty. It is in our best interests that we make our voices heard and retain what really is ours, which is the right to our food, the quality and control of our seed.

The Plant Improvement Act and Plant Breeders’ Rights Act have been in place since 1976. As a result, South Africa’s seed system is largely owned by a few corporations and extension services are heavily aligned with the interests of these corporations. Thanks in part to these laws, industrial agriculture, based on large-scale monocrops, is seen as the only viable agricultural system for South Africa. These laws ensure that the seeds on the market are tailored to this system. They often need agricultural chemicals and artificial fertilizer, and do not perform season after season if they are recycled. Thus, these laws have entrenched our marginalisation from seed breeding and food and seed production, and have eroded our agricultural biodiversity and related skills and knowledge.

The amendment of these two laws provides an opportunity for government to transform our seed and food production sectors in South Africa, so that they support regenerative farming practices, produce healthy and diverse food and promote social justice and equity. Currently, the laws hinder and, in some cases, even criminalise farmers and their practices in relation to seed.

We have tried to make it simpler for you to add your voice so click on the relevant province link below to access the submission template for your province:

Submission Template & Contact Details for Western Cape

Submission Template & Contact Details for Eastern Cape

Submission Template & Contact Details for KwaZulu-Natal

Submission Template & Contact Details for Limpopo

Submission Template & Contact Details for Gauteng

Submission Template & Contact Details for Northern Cape

Submission Template & Contact Details for Mpumalanga

Submission Template & Contact Details for Free State

Submission Template & Contact Details for North West

Please note that it is essential to send to your provincial committee  (even if the deadline has passed) as well as the other contacts supplied. Feel free to change the template to express your own views and add your own comments before sending. Your submission will have a much stronger political effect if you add your own comments.


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Sonia Mountford

Sonia Mountford lived as an expat in the Middle East for a number of years and enjoyed travelling and exposure to third and first world cultures. Her interest in food security began while visiting in Sri Lanka after floods and discovering the politics around Food Aid. As a co-founder of Grass Consumer Action and the only full time member, she spent four years researching the dysfunctional food system in South Africa, investigating, questioning and exposing misleading claims. Although her interests range from food politics to toxins in our food, including harmful ingredients in processed foods and Big Food influence; she soon came to realize that the most important part of the food journey begins on farms. For that reason she spends much of her time visiting farms, learning and talking about constraints and concerns in production methods with farmers. Passionate about nutritional food security she believes higher animal welfare farming practices are not only necessary for ethical reasons but also for human health. She is an ambassador for SOIL, BEES and healthy WATER. Mountford started EATegrity (eategrity.co.za) “Helping You Find Integrity in the Food Chain” in 2015. Her aim is create greater consumer awareness about the food chain and to encourage transparency in the South African food industry.

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