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"Several women from the delegations that participated in this seed exchange agree that this act is not only a cultural tradition, but that it seeks to defend native seeds to protect food sovereignty."
Seed rites are kept:
A chacana of seeds gave way to a ritual of blessing of these products by the Network of Rural Women of Cuenca.
Some thirty delegations from the parishes gathered at the Portal Artesanal with the aim of rescuing the exchange of seeds, an ancient tradition of the original peoples of the region.
Rosa Sisalima, from the El Carmen de Jadán community, explains that this "barter" is maintained to recover the products that, over time, some sectors have lost.
"If a sister of Chaucha lacks the seeds to harvest the broad bean and I the beans, we exchange some and we have this food on our tables again," explains the farmer.
According to Liliana Uyaguari, a merchant of agro-ecological products and representative of the Network, this exchange also allows us to maintain a balanced diet, "because by losing the foods the body is used to for years, health can also decline.
Uyaguari assures that the seeds that rural women sell to citizens are free of chemical fertilizers, which is why she asks for support in the purchase of them.
In the exchange of seeds between the women of the rural parishes there were dances and rituals. Women from 30 delegations met yesterday in order to rescue the traditional exchange of seeds in rural areas of the city. The women explain that this ritual also aims to reflect on healthy eating practices. Approximately 50 varieties of rural seeds were exhibited for exchange and commercialization.
The women of the parishes ask for healthy food and water:
Several women from the delegations that participated in this seed exchange agree that this act is not only a cultural tradition, but "aims to defend native seeds to protect food sovereignty."
They even talk about the advertising campaigns in the media and the Internet, which, in their opinion, "should be more committed" to indigenous peoples, their customs, healthy food and the defense of water.
Source: El Tiempo - Diario de Cuenca