Hello dear Seeders,
I hope you are having a great month of October, savouring marrows and mushrooms!
I am now flying above Cairo, on my way to Cochin, in the Indian State of Kerala. I am so looking forward to starting this new chapter of the Seed Tour!
India’s the largest producer of rice, sugar, tea and wheat, and the second largest producer of cotton in the world, and more than half of its 1.3 billion inhabitants work in agriculture. 50% of its territory (6 times as big as France!) is cultivable, and 97% of this land is still being cultivated by traditional means (source: Backpacker’s guide). The Green Revolution initiated in 1965 opened the door to GMOs, which in turn gave birth to the famous Indian seed-saving movements. I will be exploring these movements and meeting Indian Seeders until the end of November.
After attending the Terra Madre event, which I wrote about in the last Seednews, in Turin, I took the time to visit my family and friends and to travel for a while in Northern Italy. AND I also closed the Senegalese Chapter of my journey! Every time I finalise my reporting on a country, I send a summary to all of the activists and people I met there to thank them, but also to spread the information and to help connecting them. If you would like to receive the summary on Senegal, just answer to this newsletter so I can add you to the mailing list!
A learning Seeder in Tuscany
The Senegalese Chapter of the Seed Tour ended with my meeting representatives of the national federation for organic agriculture (FENAB, Fédération Nationale pour l’Agriculture Biologique) in Thiès. You can discover some of the key learnings from this very inspiring event in the new «Grand Format», «Il faut que les organisations paysannes coopèrent»
… My last trip led me along the Senegal river, on the border with Mauritania, to the ecological village of Guédé-Chantiers. I am telling you all about it in «On est nés avec l’agriculture».
Two new articles and opportunities to dive into the Senegalese «magic», two options:
Gorée Island, Senegal
THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE SEED TOUR
The Seed Tour is getting coverage!
- After the Terra Madre event, the Seed Tour was mentioned in Edible Issues, a weekly newsletter about the Indian food system (see here).
To know more about the media coverage of the Seed Tour, visit https://seedtour.org/medias/
- Since 2017, several high school classes in Seine Saint-Denis and Montigny-lès-Metz have followed the Seed Tour as part of their science, cinema or even Spanish curricula. In 2019, the Seed Tour will even be among the topics that the pupils of the Jean XXIII high school in Montigny-lès-Metz will be able to present as part of their Spanish oral exam for the Baccalauréat: it goes without saying that we are very proud of this!
THE WORLD IS CHANGING
If you follow us on Twitter (or follow the news in general), you must have heard of the latest - alarming - report on Climate change by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). If you would like to better understand the implications of this report, I advise you to read this instructive article by Laurie Debove, «Dernier avertissement du GIEC avant une crise climatique irréversible» (published in «La Relève et la Peste», French only).
To end on a more positive note, I am glad to share a new victory for seeds in France: a new law article has just been passed that allows the selling of seeds that are not listed in the official catalogs to non-professionals. This decision restores the law on biodiversity that had been passed in July 2016 before being partially censored by the French Constitutional Council. Does this make sense to you? I do agree this might seem a bit hard to comprehend, but I got confirmation from people who are in the know that this is good news indeed :) You can also decide not to take my word on it and read this whole article to make up your mind (thank you to Laurent and Comunidée for sending this!).
My flight is expected to last another 18 hours, so I will start working on new formats for the French Chapter of the Tour so they are available in the weeks to come on seedtour.org and the Facebook page of the Seed Tour. As always, you will be able to follow my steps in India (almost) live on Instagram!
I am wishing you a great month of November. Don’t forget to cook and can sauces, jams and other grouts for the Winter!
See you soon for more seed news,
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This newsletter has been translated from French to English by Annelise Meyer.