Seed Mandala Action
by Zia Parker
For “all that that eat” and live in Ecuador and on planet Earth. Do you eat? Do you live on Planet Earth? Please join in solidarity with the Human Family to unite in this Global Action by coordinating this peaceful action on October 22 – making ‘Mandalas of Seeds’ in your most public plaza. Invite the press & publish widely on social media.
Currently, there is a proposed law before the national congress of Ecuador that would modify the existing constitutional law which prohibits Genetically Modified Seed (GMOs). Ecuador inspired the world with its protection of nature’s rights and prohibition of GMO’s in it’s constitution in 2008. That makes it one of the most GMO-free countries in the world. Please join in our peaceful global action to protect this national ban on GMOs.
This new law, currently being considered by the EC national congress, would make all seed illegal that is not “certified seed”. Under the guise of “protecting biodiversity” and “improving genetics”, this law would dismantle the GMO prohibition. We believe that the Government does not need to control what nature already manages very well. The proposed law direct-ly threatens the country’s biodiversity, access to healthy food, and the health of its citizens, putting the best interest of the entire country in the hands of corporate powers.
In Ecuador, over 500 organizations are working in collaboration to this threat to our seed freedom. From their their inspiring platform, (perhaps put in text box) “Seed is a common good that belongs to humankind. It can not can be an object of appropriation on the part of private interests, nor on the part of the State. Similar to the air, the sun, or the smile of our children, our seeds belong equally to every human being on the planet, and can not be treated as a strategic resource from any nation or nterest in particular. Access to seed is a basic human right, and includes the right to acquire, adapt, enhance, multiply, exchange, give away and sell the seeds. And it also extends by rational reasoning: food sovereignty today depends on this right and the power of the future of our species.â€ For more see: http://protectancient-seeds.weebly.com/declaration-of-collaboration.html
We support the free exchange of natural and ancestral seed that has brought Ecuador and the Andes to a brilliant level of bIodiversity and has served life very well over the centuries. “Certifica-tion of Seeds” speaks of control by transnational companies that will limit the basic human right to grow, own, exchange, give and receive seeds freely.
In response to the threat of this law, and the proposed merger of Monsanto and Bayer, we are inviting people throughout Ecuador and all around the world to unite in offering performance/walks in PAZ/P.A.S. (Protection Ancestral Seeds). In every city and village in Ecuador, and around the world!, We create our ‘Mandalas of Seeds’ in honor of our ancestral seeds, which are the base of life and our nourishment day to day, thus using our voices in response to this threat against our health and that of our future generations. Follow these steps, listed below.
Facebook: proteccion ancestral semillas * SEED CHA-KANA The Chakana is the central Andean symbol, like a Mandala—a form of ancient sacred art which represents life.
The Plan: this is our global plan. We need you —YES, you who are reading this—to organize (or help to organize) this event in your area. We are the ones we have been waiting for! Simply call your friends and begin to organize this event wherever you are. The time is short, only have until October 22 to make the voices of the people heard! Save our ancestral seeds! We donâ€™t need or want â€œcertifiedâ€ seed. Control of seed goes against nature and Pachamama!
Saturday, October 22, 2016 ~ at 11:30am ~
Walk in gratitude for our ancestral seeds. We support creation in its natural perfection. We act to protect the lives of our children & grandchildren.
How to make a SEED CHAKANA:
l). Coordinate the event, inviting
the public and the press.
2). Gather at a strategic point. (It could be the entrance of the city, a park, nature reserve, Church, communal house, etc).
3). Carry seeds, fruits, and ban
ners with your message, while singing.
4). Walk to the plaza, central park,
center of governance, etc.
5). At the central place, everyone puts their seeds/fruits/flowers/stones, etc. on the ground, a single Chakana or Mandala together.
6). A spiritual leader can bless or offer prayers for the seeds. Everyone can sing, meditate, or pray.
7). Take pictures, videos, etc. to spread the message in the widest way possible – engage the local/ national /international press. Post on Facebook pages (on your profile, pages of the National Assembly members and on our page, see below). It is very important to hold the event in peace and love and gratitude.
You can walk silently or sing the international seed song, “Semilla Universo”: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=VjkHK4kWWP8
For more information, see these sites: www.pasproteccio-nancestralsemillas.weebly.com