In 1998, when Monsanto first entered India, Navdanya started the Monsanto Quit India Campaign on 9th August “Quit India Day” when Gandhi told the British “Quit India”.

Navdanya continues the movement for seed sovereignty after having undertaken Bija Yatras (Seed Pilgrimages) through the suicide belt from Sewagram to Bangalore in the year 2006 and from Champaran to Rajghat in the year 2009.

We are undertaking another Bija Yatra through Rajasthan from Quit India day (9-13 August, 2011) where the Government has signed an Memorandum of Understanding with Monsanto. This MOU is a Great Seed Robbery.

About Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

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