Earth and International seeds day statement_INOFO fighting Covid19

The global organic farmers network from the Inter-Continental Network of Organic Farmers Organisation (INOFO) joins hand in hand with all the organic farmers, seed savers, indigenous communities, pastoralist,  environmentalists and foresters in celebration of Earth Day and International Seeds Day.

This year’s celebration
of these two important event are quite different due to #COVID19 pandemic which
rendered most people in the world confined, unable to live the normal life that
we all used to live. However, organic farmers, as one of the stewards of our
environment, are among those called “essentials” nowadays, and considered front
liners as they provide food and nutrition to citizens in the midst of chaos and
uncertainty. This health crisis has further proved that the health of the
people and the environment are interdependent and we cannot compromise any of
the two in the name of profit. We cannot simply go back to the “normal” system
of food production as the normal has degraded our soil, poisoned our air and
water, contaminated our seeds through genetic modification, corrupted the
culture of many groups of people as well as the identity as farmers as
stewards.

As
an international organization who supports our healthy planet, promotes preservation of seeds as part of our
culture and identity and assertion of farmers rights, we call upon all
governments, international organizations, public or private institutions,
farmers and consumers to: 

– Support a
food production
system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. We should strengthen local production, consumption and marketing of
organically grown food and products to ensure the health and wellness of the
citizens and provide income to farmers not only during this time of crisis but
as a mainstream alternative sustainable, reliable and earth-friendly food
production system.

– For farmers, seed is
life. The integrity and sanctity of every seed should be preserved, maintained
and protected, it should be sovereign from all types of private ownership and
we reiterate that we oppose any technology and seeds that go
against the sustainable growth of the planet.  It is
un-needed, un-safe and un-predictable technology. Contamination
from GM crops has proven time and again to distort the free naturally existing biodiversity
in many parts of the world and organic farmers continue to face the threat at
various levels.

– We assert
our rights to preserve, exchange and share seeds amongst us as farmers. Experiences
from Green Revolution and GM crops have left organic farmers with no choice to
grow their own indigenous varieties. We lose our right to seed, right to grow
and right to live by increasing dependence on the external markets increasing
the cost of production, indebtedness ultimately leading to suicides.

– We oppose
the further destruction of our forest in the name of so-called development.
Forests are proven to be the best carbon sinks, purifies our air and water,
provides food, protects our watershed and provides habitat for wildlife and
people. Our forests host a vast number of creatures that are essential in the
balance of our ecosystem, they should be preserved and protected by all
means. 

– Stop land use
conversion to give way to large-scale plantations, mining operations, dams and
other environmentally destructive projects that causes soil erosion, loss of
biodiversity, contamination of soil and groundwater and loss of livelihoods for
many farmers and their families. In many countries around the world, land use
conversion causes the encroachment by force of ancestral lands of many
indigenous communities forcing them to abandon their roles as stewards of the
forest, rivers and mountains.

Even
under severe pressure and pandemics, we as Organic Farmers Organisations
will continue to stand with the organic farmers who strive hard to provide
poison-free, GM-free diverse seeds and organically grown healthy food for today’s and our future
generations to come.

* INOFO is a Network of like-minded Organic
Farmer organisations, with the task to establish relationships between organic
farmers organisation all over the world. These organisations can cooperate in
pursuing their common objectives as they relate to food sovereignty in general
and, in particular, to public policy and land rights, climatic adaptation,
production standards and guarantee systems, marketing and pricing negotiations,
participatory research, technical exchanges, education, seed sovereignty and
other farmers concern, like  strengthen
the peasant movement, especially for organic peasants.

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Become a member and let your voice be heard!

Grassroots movement

Participatory development

Regular local and global events

Farmer certification and training