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Festival of Seeds

Florence, Italy

In Florence, on 28 and 29 April for the Festival of seeds ... Farmers from all over the world with the Caravan of seeds, more than 30 associations for an agriculture free of poisons and GMOs, in favor of local seeds and biodiversity.

The participation of Vandana Shiva.

Powered by Seed Freedom, Navdanya International, Fierucola under the patronage of the Regione Toscana and Banca Popolare Etica is an event open to all associations and institutions working on the seeds, the food and the democracy of the earth.
Presented this morning the festival will see the participation of more than 30 associations that together market Fierucola to fill Piazza SS. Annunziata of stalls full of those varieties of seeds that the patents and the approval would destroy. It will be possible to find 60 varieties of potato and more than 30 bean that until not so long ago were cultivated in Tuscany. But even seeds from countries around the world thanks to the Caravan of the seeds from the Greece game will stop in Florence and continue his trip to Europe.

"The Festival and the Caravan of the seeds, which will make the first stop in Italy in Florence, are also a recognition for the work that Navdanya International has carried out in Tuscany for years, said the vice president of Maria Grazia Mammuccini , carrying on in Italy the mission of its parent organization founded Navdanya a long time in India by Vandana Shiva. " For the realization of the Festival "has been fundamental in collaboration with The Fierucola and the Botanical Garden and the dense network of associations that have joined."

"The Region of Tuscany with Navdanya International has signed a protocol to share some common lines of action in quite the direction of the conservation of biodiversity, recalled Charles Cloisters director of the Region. There are over 700 local varieties, mostly plants, retrieved and placed in the circuit of preservation thanks to the Bank's Regional Germplasm and about 140 farmers Keepers. "

The President of the Natural History Museum, Guido Chelazzi, which is headed by the Botanical Garden said he was "honored to host an initiative of the Festival with Vandana Shiva which binds us to a natural interest in the preservation of species and biodiversity." The Gardens will reopen in those days after the winter break with some renovations that make it even more beautiful and attractive.

The Caravan
On April 26 the community, "Peliti" in Greece celebrates a day of exchange of local varieties of seeds. On April 27, the caravan starts from Greece and will be in Florence on 28 and 29 April; 30 will make a stop in Genoa and then set off in the direction of France where from 1 to 4 May will be held at the International Days of Seeds of Kokopelli care. The caravan was organized with the cooperation of associations Peliti (Greece), Seed Freedon Global Moviment, Navdanya International and Kokopelli (France). Participating farmers from Greece, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, USA, Germany, Portugal, India and Germany.

The Promise of children
The Festival opens at the Botanical Garden with the signing of "Promise" among children and young people and Vandana Shiva, together with the farmers guardian. The delivery to the younger generations of seeds by farmers is a symbolic gesture that recalls the most ancient traditions of sharing knowledge.
Piazza SS. Annunziata, in the heart of Florence, is the home of the Festival. Meetings, debates, the market Fierucola and the network of farmers' markets by selling and exchanging seeds self-produced, workshops, music.

A program designed for everyone from children to producers and organized in collaboration with: Semi Rural Network; Women in the Field; Natural History Museum, Botanical Gardens section of Florence; Community Garden with Gardens Paintings; Mudstones; Italian Association for Biodynamic Agriculture; Coordination Toscano Organic Producers; Italian Association for Organic Agriculture; Network of farmers' markets; Permaculture Association of Florence; AAM Terra Nuova; Oblate Library; ATM Eco Fair with Orti Wheels, National Agricultural Social Forum, Coop El Tamiso, Federbio Coop The Earth and the Sky Card Arcevia, Seed Vicious adherent Grow the Planet, Arcoiris, Prof. Stefano and Concetta Vazzana Benedettelli, Adipa, University of Florence, Pisa University Laboratory Sismondi other acceding. Also attending will be representatives of other European associations including Demeter, Red de Semillas, Arche Noah, Open House and other acceding.

This dense network of associations is a key component of the Festival and is the heart of the meeting to be held at 14.30 Palazzo Gattai Puddings to deepen and share strategies for the future and strengthen the movement for the Seeds of Liberty, the freedom of food and Democracy on Earth.

Info: 055286552 Navdanya International - info@navdanyainternational.it

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from 28 to 29 April 2014



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