Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture

Plenary Sessions

Tuesday, 13 May


Welcome & introduction to the day

The dream about the world, in which diversity and variety is a value according to which all the people live and where genetically modified organisms have no place, connected the speakers of Planet Diversity during the opening speeches.
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Benedikt Haerlin

'The real dream is that we all get connected in our diversity.'


Christine von Weizsäcker

'To celebrate the otherness of others...'


Annemarie Volling

'Ich wünsche mir für uns viel Mut und Kraft, dass unsere Traum Wirklichkeit wird.'


Siegrid Herbst

'Ich träume von einer gentechnikfreien Welt...'


Vandana Shiva

'The dream I have carried is already fulfilled because there is a new generation ready...'



Dreams of the Participants 'I want to work to create the agriculture in which all people have the kind of food and the kind of life they want to live.' (Dream from Japan)


The Paradigm of Diversity

Parichart Suwanbubbha: The Spirit of Diversity - common and divergent ethical approaches

Audio File (mp3, 7MB, German)

Video File (English)

Jacob v. Uexkull: Diversity and the right livelihood of future generations

Audio File (mp3, 18 MB, German)   Presentation (pdf, 63 KB, English)

Video File (English)

Michael Ableman: Fields of plenty - a farmers journey to gardens of hope around the globe

Audio File (mp3, 15 MB, German)   Speech (pdf, 6,6 MB, English)

Video file (English)   View Michael Ableman's pictures

Hans Herren: Diversity and complexity - Small solutions, global visions, common knowledge

Audio File (mp3, 10 MB, German)   Presentation (pdf, 1,7 MB, English)

Video file (English): Part 1      Part 2 

Suprabha Seshan: Take a walk on the wild side - reflecting diversity inside and outside

Audio File (mp3, 11 MB, German)   Presentation (pdf, 9,5 MB, English)   Speech (pdf, 45 KB,  English)

Video file (English): Part 1      Part 2


Diversity at Work: Food Sovereignty and Small Farmers' Successes

Helmy Abouleish: Greening the desert - an organic success story from Egypt

Audio File (mp3, 14 MB, German)   Presentation (pdf, 1,8 MB, English)

Video file (English): Part 1      Part 2

Miguel Altieri: Latin American biodiverse farms: an ecological planetary asset

Audio File (mp3, 13 MB, German)   Speech (pdf, 43 KB, English)

Video file (English): Part 1      Part 2

Paulo Petersen: Exchange of practical experiences in alternative agriculture, locally and globally

Audio File (mp3, 12 MB, German)

Video file (Spanish): Part 1      Part 2

Farida Akther: Village to village, step by step, seed exchange in Bangladesh

Audio File (mp3, 13 MB, German)

Video file (English): Part 1      Part 2


Wednesday, 14 May


Introduction to the day

 Günter Altner and Mohamed Habib: The soul of diversity, a trans-religious exercise

Günter Altner

Audio File (mp3, German) Part 1 (905 KB)   Part 2 (10 MB)   Speech (pdf, 468 KB, German)

Mohamed Habib

Audio File (mp3, 7MB, English)   Presentation (pdf, 1,4 MB, English)


Regional self-determination Local, Diverse, GMO-free

Maya Graf, Swiss Parliament & GM morat. initiative Switzerland: GMO-free by democratic vote

Audio File (mp3, 4MB, German)

Susanna Cenni, Agriculture Minister of Tuscany, Italy: European GMO-free Regions - a considered choice

Audio File (mp3, 4 MB, English)

Edenia Montaño Salgado, Zenú Nation, Colombia: No transgenicos on our territory - in defense of sacred food and land

Audio File (mp3, 4 MB, Spanish)   Presentation (pdf, 1MB, Spanish)

Dr. Amadou K. Coulibaly, Mali: Africa needs smart technologies, not GMOs

Audio File (mp3, 11 MB, French)  Presentation (pdf, 1,2 MB, French)

Dr. Vijayan, Kerala India: Why Kerala is a GMO-free State of India

Audio File (mp3, 6 MB, English)

Lyudmilla Stebenkova, Moscow-Duma, Russia: GMO-free Moscow

Audio File (mp3, 3 MB, English)   Presentation (pdf, 1,3 MB, English)

Shinji Asada, former vice-governor of Hokkaido, Japan: How Hokkaido protects its farmers from GMOs

Audio File (mp3, 6 MB, English)   Presentation (pdf, 720 KB, English)


Seeds of hope

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Philippines: Indigenous seed development and sharing

Audio File (mp3, 9 MB, English)    Presentation (pdf, 553 KB, English)

Edith Lammerts van Bueren, The Netherlands: Organic breeding in Europe

Audio File (mp3, 7 MB, English)   Presentation (pdf, 3,2 MB, English)

Alejandro Argumedo, Peru: The Andean potato network

Audio File (mp3, 7 MB, Spanish)   Presentation (pdf, 2 MB, English)

Jacob Nellithanam, India: Community rights and seed sovereignty in Andra Pradesh

Audio File (mp3, 4 MB, English)


Thursday. 15 May


Introduction to the day

Vandana Shiva: Food security, food sovereignty and climate change

Audio File (mp3, 14 MB, English)

Background: The Manifesto on Climate Change and Food Security (pdf) by the International Commission in the Future of Food


Diversity and Climate Change

Hartmut Graßl: How to reduce agriculture's global warming impact

Audio File (mp3, 13 MB, English)

Eric Holt-Giménez: Food First - campesinos, agro fuels and sustainability

Audio File (mp3, 13 MB, English)   Presentation (pdf, 1 MB, English)


Strategies for a Diverse Future

Representatives from movements to be decided, among them:

Mamadou Goita, Mali: The small farmers' agenda

Audio File (mp3, 5 MB, French)

Guy Kastler, France: The seed agenda

Audio File (mp3, 3 MB, French)   Speech (pdf, 10 KB, French)

P.V. Sateesh, India: The GMO agenda

Audio File (mp3, 6 MB, English)

Diverse Women: The women agenda

Audio File (mp3): in English part 1   English part 2   English part 3
in French    in German    in Spanish part 1   Spanish part 2

PDF: Read the Statement

Video (youtube):  Part 1  Part 2

Eric Holt-Giménez, USA: the Agrofuel Agenda

Audio FIle (mp3, 3 MB, English)

Florianne Koechlin, Switzerland: Planet Diversity Demands

Audio File (mp3): speech in English (400 KB)   speech in German (850 KB)

Demands (pdf, 9 KB, English)

Christine von Weizäcker, Germany: Statement on MOP4 negotiations

Audio File (mp3, 2MB, English)

Michiyo Koketsu, Japan: Presentation and endorsement of a Planet Diversity Manifesto

Audio File (mp3, 3 MB, English)    Read the Manifesto

Pipo Lernoud:  Wrap-up poem and take home message

Audio File (mp3, 2 MB, English)   The poem (pdf, 83 KB, English)


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