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nature is a

feminist issue 

 

seed is a women-led ecofeminist organization that recognizes the entanglement of human and non-human life, working to advance a political ecology and multispecies justice centered on

women, nature, and animals

in the future
we envision

differences don't produce inequities; women are truly emancipated, indigenous peoples respected, animals liberated, and nature preserved. our food system is plant-based, equitable, sustainable, and healthy, nurturing human, non-human communities and the planet. forests, oceans, soils, all other ecosystems are restored. society has transcended the current utilitarian view of the environment and animals in favor of a non-anthropocentric and non-speciesist perspective, which positions humans as part of nature, not superior to it. people understand the interdependence of all living beings and that, in order for humans to thrive, nature and animals need to be able to flourish

we are women on a mission

to actively create that future, by promoting a just transition to a truly sustainable way of being together on the planet we all share, and expanding the notion of justice to include more than human subjects. we strive to bring together social, animal, environmental, and climate justice movements and to mobilize Western science, technology, and innovation to work alongside ancestral knowledge. informed by decolonial approaches and in allyship with traditional communities, we prioritize solutions focused on some of the most systemically oppressed humans and non-humans: people of global majority (Black and indigenous), from the global South, female smallholder farmers, endangered ecosystems and species, and farmed animals

our guiding
principles

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the lives of

women and animals

are deeply connected 

 

where we do our work

we are based in the United States and Brazil, and partner with local groups for specific interventions in other countries in South America and Southeast Asia. rather than following the traditional headquarters-affiliate structure, both of our offices are equally empowered entities with equivalent decision-making and control. despite working on global market issues, such as international trade, we prioritize systemic changes at the local and community levels, based on solutions which can then be extrapolated and scaled beyond those territories

which issues
we prioritize

+ climate and food justice: prioritizing land and nature-based solutions that protect the human and non human communities most affected by the climate crisis. on one hand, we focus on dismantling capital-intensive animal agriculture, feed monoculture industries, and their corporate concentration of food production. while on the other, we promote a shift to equitable land issue and a just transition to plant based, climate-resilient, regenerative, equitable agri-food systems that respect food sovereignty, the diversity of local and ancestral food cultures, while promoting the decommodification of food  

+ multispecies justice: expanding the notion of justice to include more than humans beings and striving to achieve the most equitable outcomes for both human and nonhuman communities when pursuing social and environmental justice. we seek to establish the inalienable rights of nature and animals, as beneficiaries of legal protection and remedies, and challenge the notion that nature and animals are property to be exploited for profit by industrial animal farming and other extractive industries

which tactics
we use

we prioritize interventions that lead to systemic change. as a multi-issue and allyship organization, we seek to work in cooperation through coalitions, collective impact frameworks, and partnerships with local groups, especially those led by women and indigenous people. we take a holistic approach to our programs, which combine a wide variety of tactics, including but not restricted to: 
+ research and investigations: scientific research, investigative journalism, undercover and open source investigations;

+ awareness and pressure campaigns: targeting corporations and governments, and/or mobilizing civic engagement; 
+ policy and legal advocacy: legislation and strategic litigation;


+ community-based projects developed with affected communities

 

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