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Food for Future Report on Seed resilience for sustainable food systems

FUTURE OF FOOD: SEEDS OF RESILIENCE A COMPENDIUM OF PERSPECTIVES ON AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

KEY MESSAGES
  1. Diverse and robust local seed systems are central to sustainable food systems that are renewable, resilient, equitable, diverse, healthy, and interconnected.
  2. Farmers have a crucial role in improving seed varieties and enhancing agricultural biodiversity, a role they have played throughout the history of agriculture.
  3. Indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge and practices are central to resilient seed systems.
  4. The value of resilient and diverse seed systems goes far beyond any economic measure. Community based seed systems are connected to diverse cultural and culinary traditions, health and wellness, resilient agroecological landscapes, and sustainable local economies.
  5. Maintaining and enhancing agricultural biodiversity is critical in light of global challenges such as climate change, and food and nutrition security.
  6. There is an urgent need to support community based and farmer managed seed systems in order to protect and enhance agricultural biodiversity.
  7. Farmers should not be limited in their ability to access, exchange and improve the seeds they use—whether they are locally managed, government produced, or commercial seed varieties from other regions of the world.
  8. Farmers’ organizations, especially those led by smallholders, women and Indigenous farmers, need greater voice and influence in the development of local seed policy as well as the international governance systems that affect and regulate seeds.
  9. There is great potential in farmers and the more formal seed establishment coming together to co-create solutions where they have a common agenda.
  10. Strategic opportunities for positive change include: to continue to research and document the importance of community based seed systems, to support seed leaders to engage in policy advocacy, and to leverage additional funding from philanthropy, governments, and bilateral agencies for community based seed systems.
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India’s Organic Rice Revolution Proves GMOs Are Unnecessary

Farmers in India’s poorest region are recording record rice yields by growing organically, debunking once and for all the myth that GMOs are necessary to feed the world’s growing population.
In a world with an ever-increasing human population, increased food production is of obvious concern. With the world population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, many people, especially those with connections to biotechnology and agrochemical companies, say that genetically modified food (GMO) is necessary in order to satisfy increased global demand for food. However, do we really need GMOs to feed the world?
http://anonhq.com/indias-organic-rice-revolution-proves-gmos-unnecessary/

Electromagnetic field induced biological effects in humans

Exposure to artificial radio frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) has increased significantly in recent decades. Therefore, there is a growing scientific and social interest in its influence on health, even upon exposure significantly below the applicable standards. The intensity of electromagnetic radiation in human environment is increasing and currently reaches astronomical levels that had never before experienced on our planet. The most influential process of EMF impact on living organisms, is its direct tissue penetration.

Read more: http://www.wple.net/plek/numery_2015/numer-11-2015/636-641.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27012122

People Are Merging With Their Smartphones also on Polish countryside

‘Have you looked around lately? The zombie apocalypse is already here. It’s as if people have merged with their smartphones, as if the device is now a part of their bodies like another hand or another foot.

Reality is becoming a little less real by the day. Can you even imagine what it will be like when virtual reality hits the mainstream?

https://www.davidicke.com/article/369900/people-merging-smartphones

UK: Sheep and cows roam London's streets during farmers protest

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