Against the pressures of capitalism, it’s a tough battle for farmers’ rights. For decades, there has been effective resistance in Asia, but the scales could always tip in favor of the rich and powerful.
This is why farmers are standing firm. As consumers, we can help by being well-aware of these struggles in the region and contributing whenever and wherever we can.
As always, we should make informed decisions whenever we buy our produce. Opting to buy products that are not genetically modified, and choosing more organic goods (especially from farmers in our bioregion) helps. Where possible, select products that apply the Fair Trade standards.
If you’re looking to contribute more directly, organisations like Foodscape Pages have got you covered. They’ve compiled a list of seed-saving communities right here in Singapore, which anyone can contact to learn more about the issue. You can even help propagate climate-appropriate seeds for further distribution simply by growing some plants at home!
These efforts, like seed-saving, are simple, effective, and easily doable.
For our food, Asia’s farmers have struggled for decades. Traditional practices such as seed saving are essential to agricultural biodiversity and food security in an age of intensifying climate change.
It’s time we lend them a hand in any way we can—green thumb or not.
Read more about the issue of seeds and stories of seed-saving practitioners in our bioregion in Foodscape Pages’ upcoming journazine.