GM seeds in focus at RISC film screening

The World Development Movement (WDM) Reading will be screening a short film about the industrial agricultural system, and GM seeds in particular, on Wednesday September 17.

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The film, Seeds of Freedom, is aimed at anyone who wonders why there are still so many hungry people in the world and wants to know what we can do about it. It will also be of interest to people who care about biodiversity and the environment.

“The film challenges the widely held view that large-scale, industrial agriculture and GM crops are the only means by which we can feed the world,” explained Jackie Oversby, Co-ordinator of the WDM Reading group.

“Through interviews with leading international experts and a number of African farmers the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand-in-hand with the loss of biodiversity and related knowledge, the loss of livelihoods and the loss of peoples’ ability to feed themselves.

“I think the issue is of vital importance at this time as our Government is starting to pour a large amount of our aid money into large-scale industrial agriculture rather than giving it to local farmers to improve their farming methods.”

Jackie added: “After the film I expect a lively discussion about the issues that have been raised.”

During the evening, there will also be the opportunity to find out what other campaigns WDM have worked on this year and how successful they have been.

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Seeds of Freedom is a film that has been produced by The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network and is narrated by Jeremy Irons. For more on the film, log on to its website, www.seedsoffreedom.info.

The WDM Reading group’s meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 17 from 7.30pm. It will be held at RISC, London street Reading. 

Entry is free, donations are welcomed. 

For more details, call Jackie Oversby on 07745 310784 or log on to www.groups.wdm.org.uk/reading


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