About the fifth Youth Science Olympiad and in the national program Scientific Seedbedsthe vice president of Science, Technology, Education and Health, Gabriela Jiménez-Ramírez, assured that life is what is in dispute today, and this begins with the rescue, conservation and multiplication of the native seed throughout the national territory , through the Alianza Científico-Campesina.
During his participation in the seminar The seed, mother of biodiversityJiménez-Ramírez reiterated that the seed is the source of food, of ecological relations, of genetic recombination and of life revealed.
“We must be in the field collecting seeds to understand what biodiversity means. That wonderful response of nature, in multiple expressions, in agroforestry foods, pastures, forages, fruits, medicinal plants, and in more than 428 agrifood items in Venezuela. Unfortunately, we do not reflect on that national diversity because agribusiness and market domination strategies in the food area kidnapped seeds and privatized life. With President Nicolás Maduro and the application of the Seed Law, we also became militants of life, under the agroecological practice that respects the biological biodiversity of the country. Venezuela is the second country with the most microclimates on the planet. It is the seventh most biodiverse country, and the fifth country with the greatest biological diversity in birds, water reserves, minerals, gas, oil and the Amazon”he expressed.
In the same way, the vice president stressed that the seed is a living organism, in a state of latency, which under appropriate conditions breaks the cover that covers it as if it were a placenta, and expresses itself to the extent that it is nourished and in an environment favorable.
“That vigor of the seed is evident when it grows. We too are seeds, of genetic information and of life. The privatization of the seed seeks domination, privatizing life. The seed is a political, scientific act of resistance. It is necessary to awaken our awareness levels in militancy, in the multiplication of our seeds; it is our worldview. The seed is also a sociocultural, gastronomic element, a source of medicines. It is so strategic that they have wanted to erase its existence, but it is part of the country’s idiosyncrasy. The slaves brought our seeds in their nails and clothes, and when they arrived in America, those seeds were recreated in fertile soil. They are part of our culture. After the Second World War, to alleviate the famine, our potato arrived”he highlighted.
In his presentation, Jiménez-Ramírez commented that the seed travels through the territories because it moves with the populations, with the wind, with migrations and with cultural exchange.
“It is very dangerous when companies want to privatize seeds; they want to strip us of the fundamental elements of our culture. When a seed is seized and patented, public use is prohibited, and access to that seed can only be obtained through licenses. We recognize the seed as of social interest, to which all the Venezuelan people have a right, and that is an achievement of the Bolivarian Revolution through the Scientific-Farmer Alliance. We cannot hand over the source of our food, biodiversity, our medicines and our culture”narrowed.