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Good morning, this is Michelle and today we ask why seeds are key to coping with the climate challenges that agriculture faces as a UN report due to be presented at the Human Rights Council on Monday urges countries to protect their farmers’ seed systems.

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Michelle Langrand


Saving seeds to survive climate change

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Farmers harvesting a rice field. (Credit: Pixabay)

Farmers and indigenous peoples have saved, used and bartered seeds for thousands of years, resulting in rich, diverse gene pools. But current laws favouring commercial seeds used in industrial agriculture are posing a threat to this knowledge, according to the UN special rapporteur on the human right to food, Michael Fakhri.

In his latest report, which he will present to the Human Rights Council on Monday, Fahkri warns that countries are not properly protecting farmers' traditional ways and instead are increasingly favouring intellectual property rights and contract laws.

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