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Perceptions of treasures and treasures

  • I've often heard that seeds are treasures. The worker of a company that produces hybrid seeds told me, "The biggest treasure of seed companies is the parentheses of hybrid seeds." Parentheses are seeds and plants that are used to produce hybrid seeds. Seeds. Road to the treasury. And what do large multinational seed companies do with parentheses? For with the intention of keeping the treasure for them, to commodify and privatize it. Protect? Varieties that are registered with property rights are called “protected varieties” -- that irony!
Argazkia: Dani Blanco.

08 May 2023 - 06:33
Last updated: 12:54

If seeds are a treasure, plus the parentheses of hybrid seeds. Parentheses control gives them control over the seeds they will sell, so they want to reserve the parentheses for them, in order to reserve the economic benefit for them. Yes, a way of understanding seeds and life, a vision that sees treasure as something limited and finite. But is this the case when we talk about seeds? When we talk about beings that are used to reproduce, are we not facing an unlimited treasure? (with all associated risks). Or even a treasure with multiplier capacity? Perhaps that is the key, that seeds have the ability to multiply the treasure and are therefore more interesting to “protect” and privatise? (ai, I think something similar has happened historically with reproduction and the body of women).

But there are other initiatives to protect themselves, which look at seeds as a treasure, but from another perspective. For example, there are many seed banks spread around the world. And there are also those who reproduce, broaden and share seeds, not just store them. Because, talking about something that has multiplier capacity, more than keeping, you should extend it and multiply it, right? I have seen other treasures in the warehouses and gardens of associations, companies or small seed production initiatives. Seeds of varieties that anyone can reproduce at home. Lots of locals. All, different. And I've seen even stranger treasures in the makeshift stores of gardeners: boxes and jackpots, papers made with old newspapers, face-down plants in the cabins... And I've seen and heard how in these cottages, orchards, initiatives, companies or small cooperatives exchange seeds, give them, they ask. And with their seeds they share a thousand tricks, knowledge and experience, a thousand stories and stories. And then I remember that on more than one occasion I was told that the sale of a farmhouse sold homemade seeds. And it comes to my head, which was in the Old Town of Bilbao (what exists?) A bar that made very good mushrooms and I once heard that with the sale of the bar the recipe of mushroom sauce was sold. And then it has occurred to me that there are many ways to understand treasures, life and reproduction and the future. And that these forms fully affect life, ecology, the world and our food.

Seeds are a great treasure that can be communal. A treasure multiplied by cultivating, cultivating, sowing, multiplying and exchanging in the community. But if you privatize -- have you ever heard the feminist economy talk about the clash between life and capital? Seeds are a great treasure, yes, and it's up to us how to understand it. Control, privatization and loss. Or how to care for, manage, multiply and share them.


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