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The quote is by Pablo Furtado, an Uruguayan peasant and rural producer from Tacuarembo department where it is said famous tango singer, Carlos Gardel, was born. This quote is included in a video produced by Real World Radio and recently released by Redes-Friends of the Earth Uruguay and the Native Seed Network.
The 20-minute film focuses on three species of native seeds from Uruguay: beans, or “caupi” (also known as “morito”, “ojito de paloma” o “tape”), chícharo and a corn variety known as “catete”.
The Project, which included a CD with technical facts about each of the species and a harvest calendar, received an award by the Ministry of Culture and Education of Uruguay in 2012 under the category “memory and traditions”.
The CD aims to be an awareness raising tool to rescue seed species (and it is available at: www.redes.org.uy). It also includes recipes, a glossary of colloquial terms and a gallery of images by Lucía Surroca.
The agronomic, historical and cultural features of these seeds are linked with threats, such as large scale mining, forestation and GM contamination. The role of the Native Seeds Network of Uruguay in the conservation and improvement of seeds by the producers is also highlighted in the video, as well as the nutritional and emotional value of seeds. They are an element that has been passing from one generation to the other.
The film has been screened in Canelones, Artigas and Salto departments before people and local authorities, university professors and groups of agroecological producers.
“Este triunfo de Uruguay debe ser un llamado urgente a analizar, revisar, renegociar o anular cuando corresponda todos los tratados bilaterales de comercio y de protección de inversiones que ha suscrito el país, antes de exponernos a nuevas demandas en las que podemos correr con distinta suerte que en la recién finalizada”.
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