Seeds are the heritage of family farmers and peasants, who preserve them to feed their families, their communities, and the world. However, seeds are increasingly being controlled and privatized by multinational companies. Without access to seeds, the way of life of small family farmers and peasants, most of whom live in the Global South, is threatened. By supporting small family farmers in their struggle to maintain the world’s seed biodiversity, we will ensure that they can continue to feed their families, and play a major role in fighting global hunger.
This fall, we are very excited to continue with the Caritas Internationalis campaign against global hunger, One Human Family, Food for All, which was launched by Pope Francis on December 10, 2013. We joined this international campaign for our 2014 Lent campaign and have chosen to continue to take action on this issue since global hunger is a grave injustice and urgently needs to be addressed. Under the slogan Sow Much Love, we are inviting you to join our fall action campaign to educate Canadians about the role of family farmers as stewards of the world’s seeds, and take action to support the right of farmers to use, conserve, exchange, and save these seeds, which feed the world.
This campaign is firmly rooted in our 2011-2016 five-year program on ecological justice, which is inspired by alternative models of development put forward by our partners in the Global South. At Development and Peace, we believe that the preferential option for the poor can be extended to include a preferential option for the Earth. The greatest impact of the current ecological crisis is experienced by the people in the Global South, so we need to learn how to live more sustainably here in the North in order to mitigate these impacts.
As part of the Caritas Internationalis Global Week of Action, from October 12-18, 2014, Development and Peace members across Canada will join Catholics around the world who are working to address global hunger. This will be a key moment for the campaign, as we celebrate the harvest here in Canada on Thanksgiving, and as the entire world focuses on food and hunger on World Food Day on October 16, 2014. During that week, as well as throughout the fall, Development and Peace invites you to raise your voice in your parish, your local school, your community, as well as with your elected officials, to show your support for small family farmers and their right to seeds.
Thanks to your energy, wisdom, and commitment to justice, Development and Peace will be able to continue to raise its voice with other Caritas organizations around the world to fight the injustices that cause global hunger. Together, we can make a place at the table for all of the members of our human family.
Sow Much Love!
I give you all the seed-bearing plants that are upon the whole Earth, and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit; this shall be your food.