Our neighbor, Cesar Garcia, has an extensive collection of local seeds. Many people trade seeds with each other.
Father Mario, who is usually seen working in the fields above the village, has an easy-going style on the occasional Sundays or holidays when he appears in church. He asks questions of the audience and they feel free to stand and offer social commentary, scientific speculation, and general opinions and anecdotes.
We, the campesino seeds, gathered in assembly with
and we cry with her because she’s damaged and unloved.
That we love being caressed by fresh water once we are sowed.
That we are friends of the insects, birds and microorganisms that
sing us songs of love and fertility
For these reasons and many more we proclaim to the world:
in order to defend our existence.
so that they can help us reproduce andsupport us in our struggles for justice.
That the creation of indigenous Seed Banks
at the tables of any Venezuelans.
with men, women, boys, girls, and young people
in an environment free of contamination
by toxic agricultural substances and industrial waste;
the faithful inhabitants of this village;
every year on this date in all of Venezuela,
agree by consensus and unanimously
to spread copies of this declaration throughout the whole world.
Signed, sealed, and delivered in Monte Carmelo,
on the 29th day of the month of October, 2005.
On behalf of the seeds named above,