http://seedsoffreedom.info/seeds of freedom

“A landmark film from The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network. Narrated by Jeremy Irons.”

“Seeds of Freedom charts 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.

Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and  Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty.  The pressure is growing to replace the diverse, nutritional, locally adapted and resilient seed crops which have been bred by small-scale farmers for millenia, by monocultures of GM seed.

Alongside speakers from indigenous farming communities, the film features global experts and activists Dr Vandana Shiva of Navdanya, Henk Hobbelink of GRAIN, Zac Goldsmith MP (UK Conservative party), Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, Gathuru Mburu of the African Biodiversity Network, Liz Hosken of The Gaia Foundation and Caroline Lucas MP (UK Green party).

This film is co-produced by  The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network. In collaboration with GRAIN, Navdanya International and MELCA Ethiopia .”


so much and so little

so much to do, and so little ..


when my father passed, november 1, 2011, i found myself unable to get it together, to plant my trees, to visit my tree families.  so i sat around and caught pneumonia instead.

i had time to listen to the rats scurrying in the ceiling, to see the walls crumbling, to think that this house, old and out of place among the gringos and wealthy ones, my house, was going the way of my father, to the grave.

rose hills, where he went to lay, next to the body of my mother. green grass, human body sized flower arrangements meant for the dead.

good bye

good luck

the orange tree is full of fruit.

old corn, now corn

hello old corn, so this is what you look like, fat, stout, short, strong, dark.  so familiar, like me, my mom, my sister, and all those relatives now floating in the sky looking like rain clouds.

thank you. love you. plant you. be you.

photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinet/93022898/sizes/l/in/photostream/

movie worth watching

‘  “The World According to Monsanto” (DVD): An earlier “Truthout Progressive Pick,” but of ongoing interest to our readers. Le Monde calls it an “extraordinary documentary” about a company as infamous for its production of such toxins as Agent Orange and the pesticide Roundup as for its effort to control the world’s food supply through genetically modified crops and the patenting of seeds.’ – from Truthout website.

all my relations

together, grow

50 Million Trees and Counting: Trees for the Future

Deforestation, Food Forests, Plant Systems, Rehabilitation, Trees

“Here’s some great weekend inspiration to encourage you into a more productive new week. I think you’ll enjoy this one”.— by Craig Mackintosh PRI Editor July 31, 2011

see:   http://permaculture.org.au/2011/07/31/50-million-trees-and-counting-trees-for-the-future/

“bringing back forests to world’s degraded lands”

see awesome video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdoe_gI_fSs&feature=player_embedded

“This 8 minute video documents the work of Dave Deppner and Trees for the Future. Communities around the world turn to Trees for the Future for technical knowledge and planting materials so that they can bring degraded lands and struggling farmlands back to sustainable productivity. Since 1988, Trees for the Future (TFTF) has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 50 million trees in agroforestry and reforestation projects. Each year these trees remove over one million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere” – from  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdoe_gI_fSs&feature=player_embedded


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it starts with you and i.

how much will you plant in your lifetime? whom will you teach to plant and take care?  many, many!!

plant, take care, give life!

“Peter Coyote challenges Stewart Brand’s hypothesis that “we are like gods”, positing instead that human beings are “idiot savants” ” – from YouTube, Earth Island Journal.


The Huffington Post  Steven Hoffer  First Posted: 7/8/11 04:07 PM ET Updated: 7/8/11 04:14 PM ET


This isn’t your typical, garden-variety crime.

After a warning, a ticket and now a misdemeanor charge, an Oak Park, Mich., woman faces up to 93 days in jail for refusing to remove a vegetable crop from her front lawn.

Julie Bass says that she thought it would be “really cool” for the neighbors and kids to see a frontyard garden, but some community members don’t appreciate the vegetable plot.

“I think it’s sad that the City of Oak Park that’s already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us,” she told My Fox Detroit.

Bass has since started a blog — Oak Park Hates Veggies — to chronicle her battle with the authorities.

“We now find ourselves in a storm of controversy worthy of some high level mischief. Seriously?” she wrote in an entry. “It’s a GARDEN. It’s not a high crime or treason or murder. IT’S VEGETABLES. And yes, we did throw in a few flowers.”

There’s also a Facebook page with 980 fans and a thread on the Internet message board Reddit with nearly 400 comments supporting her lawn farming.

According to a local ABC affiliate, city code states that “all unpaved portions of the site shall be planted with grass or ground cover or shrubbery or other suitable live plant material.”

Posing the question: Are cabbages, peppers, tomatos and cucumbers “suitable” for the front lawn?

“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski told MyFoxDetroit.

Nevertheless, Bass has refused to comply with the city’s requests to remove the plants or place them in her backyard.

“It’s definitely live. It’s definitely plant. It’s definitely material. We think it’s suitable,” Bass said.

A pre-trial is scheduled for July 26.



round up = death

note to self:

-icide = killer

pesticide = kills insects and small animals

herbicide = kills plants

homicide = kills humans

omnicide = kills all living things

“Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds”