Biosafety Alliance is glad to announce the 2012 Justice Begins with Seeds International Conference.
This year there will be exciting presentations, by some of the more experienced activist, researchers, farmers, indigenous and entrepreneurs, not only from California but from around the world.
We encourage you to be part of the GMO Awareness Week (May 14 – 20), by organizing a documentary screening, a discussion panel or a cultural event in your community. If you are interested in organizing a workshop, panel or presentation, during the summit (May 18 – 19), see the tracks below and please contact:
• Occupy the Food System from the Field to the Backyard, 2012 Farm Bill
• Land Grabbing and Soil Depletion: What Can We Do to Save Our Land?
• 2012 Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act: The Right to Know GE food:
Food Consumption and Investments
• Debunking the myths of biomass, synthetic biology and new GE developments
• Global Voices Local Struggles. International Indigenous Perspectives
• Food sovereignty and Sustainability Stories of Success
Justice Begins with Seeds Conference
- To bring the issues posed by GMOs to the people
- Build coalitions and cross sector collaboration amongst diverse groups and individuals.
- Encourage local and statewide political action around the issue
- Build knowledge and strategic resistance
The purpose of the upcoming conference is to address the many layered implications of genetically engineered food, build strategic coalitions and deeper collaborations amongst diverse stakeholders for more widespread action in varying levels throughout the state of California to shift away from the industrial food regime.
The Biosafety Alliance is a cross sector, multilevel and inter-ethnic alliance of individuals and organizations working together to engage in broader outreach around genetically modified (GMO) food issues and to bring together strategic coalitions of diverse stakeholders to advocate for a GMO free food supply, as a means of pushing for a shift from an industrial food model, to a model of local resilience. GMOs are a symbol that represent the industrial food system and a key point that needs to be addressed in order to address and shift away from the industrial food model.
Our vision is to get the multi-faceted number of issues with GMOs, ranging from health, to social justice, to environmental destruction, to corporate consolidation, to enter the framework of various groups that have not traditionally focused on the issue of GMOs as a central theme and point that needs to be addressed to push for a systemic shift in the current corporate food regime.