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ARIPO Protocol is a tool for foreign takeover of Ghana's agriculture
Kweku, Edwin; Baffour, Andoh
Article
2015
Ghanaian citizens have so far prevented the passage of the Plant Breeders Bill, a UPOV-91-compliant law that would strip Ghanaian farmers of their rights to their own seeds. But there is worse coming ...
The Centrality of Seed: Building Agricultural Resilience Through Plant Breeding
Ceccarelli, Salvatore
Article
2016
Five of the global issues most frequently debated today are the decline of biodiversity in general and of agrobiodiversity in particular, climate change, hunger and malnutrition, poverty and water. Se...
Connexions Library: Africa Focus
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Africa.
Connexions Library: Agriculture and Farming Focus
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on farming and agriculture.
Farmer Cooperatives, Not Monsanto, Supply El Salvador With Seeds
Weller, Nathan
Article
2015
In the face of overwhelming competition skewed by the rules of free trade, farmers in El Salvador have managed to beat the agricultural giants like Monsanto and Dupont to supply local corn seed to tho...
Farmers join to save the seeds that feed us
Wheeler, Ashley
Article
2015
Farmers and growers in south-west England have united to reclaim the lost skill of seed saving. They are determined to grow, develop, share and disseminate open-pollinated seeds, and oppose EU laws gr...
Fowler, Cary: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Awad Winner
Article
Winner of the Right Livelihood Award for his work to save the world's genetic plant heritage. (Born 1949).
Ghana's farmers battle "Monsanto law' to retain seed freedom
Walker, Chris; Tickell, Oliver
Article
2014
Ghana's government is desperate to pass a Plant Breeders Bill that would remove farmers' ancient 'seed freedom' to grow, retain, breed and develop crop varieties - while giving corporate breeders a bl...
Ghana's women farmers resist the G7 plan to grab Africa's seeds
Chow,Heidi
Article
2015
Sharing and saving seed is a crucial part of traditional farming all over Africa. Governments, backed by multinational seed companies, are imposing oppressive seed laws that attack the continent's mai...
The Great Seed Piracy
Shiva, Vandana
Article
2016
A great seed and biodiversity piracy is underway and it must be stopped. The privateers of today include not just the corporations -- which are becoming fewer and larger through mergers -- but also in...
The Harrowsmith Reader: An Anthology from Canada's National Award Winning Magazine of Country Life and Alternatives to Bigness
Lawrence, James (ed.)
Book
1978
Articles on land, country careers, shelter, gardening, husbandry, food, trees, and rural life.
An Illustrated Guide to Growing Food on Your Balcony
Mrosovsky, Lara Lucretia
Book
2011
A booklet for people in the city who grow or want to grow plants in container. The information is meant to be basic enough for beginners and informattive enough to be a handy reference for even an exp...
Land and seed laws under attack as Africa is groomed for corporate recolonization
Article
2015
Across Africa, laws are being rewritten to open farming up to an agribusiness invasion - displacing millions of small cultivators and replacing them with a new model of profit-oriented agriculture usi...
Living with the Land: Communities Restoring the Earth
Meyer, Christine; Moosang, Faith
Book
1992
A collection of stories from grassroots communities about the benefits of ecological living.
Monsanto is buying up non-gmo seed companies
IWB
Article
2013
A positive trend in recent years is the growing number of gardening enthusiasts choosing to plant gardens using organic and/or heirloom seeds.
Mooney, Pat: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
Article
Winner of the Right Livelihood Award for his work to save the world's genetic plant heritage. (Born 1947).
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 30, 2014: Refugees
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2014
Topic of the week is Refugees. Featured articles look at migration, counter-surveillance resources, farmers in Ghana fighting to retain the freedom to save their own seeds, and rebuilding communities ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 12, 2015: Organizing
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
The focus of this issue is organizing. How can we challenge and overcome entrenched structures of economic and political power? Our own source of power is our latent ability to join together and work ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 26, 2015: Sustainability, ecology, and agriculture
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
This issue features a number of items related to sustainability, ecology, and agriculture, including Vandana Shiva's article "Small is the New Big," the Council of Canadians' new report on water issue...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 19, 2015: Utopia
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 21, 2018: What are we eating?
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2018
What are we eating? A simple question which opens up a labyrinth of devilishly complex issues about production and distribution, access to land, control of water, prices, health and safety, migrant la...
Rising suicide rate for Indian farmers blamed on GMO seeds
Article
2014
Monsanto, which has just paid out $2.4 million to US farmers, settling one of many lawsuits it's been involved in worldwide, is also facing accusations that its seeds are to blame for a spike in suici...
Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child
Gordon, Mary
Book
2007
Roots of Empathy looks at eliminating crime and changing the world by starting with a compassionate environment for children.
Seed freedom!: A last chance to thwart the great African seed grab
Jehu-Appiah, Ali-Masmadi
Article
2015
Nineteen African nations meet this week (July 2015) in Arusha, Tanzania, to finalise a 'plant protection' protocol that would open up the continent's seeds to corporate interests, taking away farmers'...
Stolen Seeds: The privatisation of Canada's agricultural biodiversity
Kuyek, Devlin
Book
Through patents and other intellectual property regimes, corporate tactics, and government manoeuvering, public goods are being destroyed to make way for private profit. Seed saving and plant breeding...
The Tyranny of Rights
Kneen, Brewster
Book
Kneen asks why the demand for 'rights' has become such a dominant strategy of movements for social and economic justice. As he discusses this question, he uncovers ways in which concept and language o...
Vandana Shiva On Resisting GMOs: "Saving Seeds Is a Political Act"
Gelder, Sarah Van
Article
2013
Sarah van Gelder interviewed Vandana Shiva, renowned for her activism against GMOs, globalization, and patents on seeds and traditional foods.
What are we eating?: Introduction to Other Voices, January 21, 2018
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2018
What are we eating? A simple question which opens up a labyrinth of devilishly complex issues about production and distribution, access to land, control of water, prices, health and safety, migrant la...

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CounterCurrents.org
An alternative news site based in India. We bring out what the mainstream media fails to tell you, or hides from you. These are the things that really matter. The things which may determine the fate o...
Friends of the Trees
A small, grassroots non-profit which has been operating continually since 1978.
Ram's Horn
A watchdog report on food issues and the agribusiness industry.
Seeds of Diversity
Seeds of Diversity is a non-profit network of gardeners and farmers, promoting biodiversity of food crops through conservation, documentation, and use of open-pollinated plants. Through our magazine, ...

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Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is an international leader in the scientific study of the natural world. Our science mission is to: * Explore the diversity of the natural world and the processes that generate this diversity. * Use t...

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Acorn
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Aril
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Collectors on the edge
The influence of Kew Gardens reaches far. In the heart of Botswana, meet the leaders of the Millenium Seed Bank Project
Adams, Tim
2009
The Millenium Seed Bank Project is an international botanical project to collect and study 10% of the world's plant species.
Cotyledon
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Elaiosome
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Gymnosperm
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Hypocotyl
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Nut (fruit)
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Ovule
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Pea
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International Permaculture Species Yearbook 1986
Hemenway, Dan
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
This annual grows out of deep concern that human actions are destroying many of the living species, both plant and animal, with which we share this planet. It seeks both to sound an alarm and document...