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Action Alert: Promote “Seeds for Life” During Churches’ Week of Action on Food!

20. September 2013

    More than 75% of all crop diversity has been permanently lost, mostly in the last 80 years. Our global food system is now reliant on only a few varieties of staple foods. Indeed, two-thirds of our global food supply comes from 12 plants and 5 animal species. This poses a serious risk to food security and to our resiliency in the face of climate change.


    The Churches’ Week of Action on Food is a time to advocate for policies and practices – locally, nationally and internationally – that tackle the injustices that cause almost a billion people around the world to be hungry while over a billion suffer the unhealthy consequences of obesity. The week of action incorporates the International Day for Rural Women (October 15), World Food Day (October 16) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17). In 2013, EAA calls on our member to mobilize under the theme “Seeds for Life”.


    What can you do?


    There are many action ideas and learning resources available at www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/food-week-of-action. Start your planning by considering actions  such as:


    • Setting aside a church service on World Food Day or during the Week of Action to focus on the importance of seeds. The Churches Week of Action liturgy is now available in English at www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/food-week-of-action and soon in Spanish and French. The liturgy can be used in its entirety or adapted for your context.
    • Preparing a meal for your family using vegetables or fruit from traditional, local seed varieties. A new recipe will be uploaded each day throughout the month long countdown to World Food Day on the Food for Life Facebook page. You can add your own family recipes there too!
    • Organizing a church group to study seed references in the Bible, including II Corinthians 9:10.  God who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
    • Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper informing them of your vision for sustainable food systems in the future. EAA’s ‘vision’ was invited to be a feature article in the FAO World Food Day 2013 PERSPECTIVES series launched by the Washington D.C. Liaison Office of the FAO in celebration of World Food Day 2013. Look for the title Small-Scale Sustainable Solutions to Global Hunger the week of September 30th on the PERSPECTIVES webpage.
    • Using social media tools to get your seed story message out! For Twitter, we invite you to follow this year’s hashtag #protectourseeds. Share sayings, reflections, facts and stories that highlight the importance of protecting our seeds.
    • Checking out the latest report by the ETC GroupPutting the Cartel before the Horse...and Farm, Seeds, Soil and Peasants etc: Who Will Control the Agricultural Inputs? ETC Group, 2013, available onclick="javascript:urchinTracker('http://www/sites/www/files/CartelBeforeHorse11Sep2013');" here.
    • Blogging about the winners of the Food Sovereignty Prize. For more information about this award, check out EAA’s blog for Greenpeace International, available at www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/ on 16 October.


    Let us know what you are doing for World Food Day or the Churches’ Week of Action by emailing Christine Campeau, EAA Food Campaign Coordinator, at ccampeau@e-alliance.ch.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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