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.
In preparation for the final public hearing on these bills, that is to take place in Bronkhorstpruit on the 12th August, ACB and Izindaba Zokudla will be holding a workshop to discuss the seed bills.
This is an opportunity to get your voices heard, and to participate meaningfully in the decision-making processes of our country.
This proposed legislation would put our food future squarely in the hands of corporations. For example, under this new law it will be a criminal offence for farmers to exchange seeds because the definition of selling includes the word exchange.
In this interview, Linzi Lewis from the The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) explains why we need to act:
You can help by filling out this form and submitting it to government and voicing your concerns.
We have just a few weeks to stop this legislation. Please help Save Our Seed!