Just days before the progressive National Assembly of Venezuela was dissolved, deputies passed a law which lays the foundation for a truly democratic food system. The country has not only banned genetically modified seeds, but set up democratic structures to ensure that seeds cannot be privatized and indigenous knowledge cannot be sold off to corporations. President Maduro signed the proposal into law before New Year, when a new anti-Maduro Assembly was sworn in.
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These are all good measures, but unfortunately, no progress was made in getting their economy off its oil-dependence.
True, to a large extent. And, you can thank S. Arabia and The Frackers, for that. However, the Venezuelan people will not cave so easily, here. 2 decades of fighting for a better deal won't go away overnight. Stay tuned, I'd venture.
Food sovereignty is a huge issue and priority for most countries in South America. I live in Ecuador and to say it is a "hot national issue" would be an understatement.
Ecuador has an advantage that most other countries do not have when it comes to food sovereignty -- a vital component of protecting Mother Earth. Mother Earth is protected under Ecuador's Constitution. Trust me, the indigenous native population is militantly vigilant about holding the government and corporations accountable.
If they can buy the election, they could kill Venezuela's food revolution.
Sowing the seeds of sovereignty
One of the biggest failures of the Bolivarian Revolution has been to allow themselves to be dependent on getting food from capitalists and capitalist countries, by using money from sales of oil instead of expand food production to make Venezuela self sufficient in food. Any country which is dependent on its enemies for its food supply is very vulnerable to be overthrown. The Soviet Union made the same mistake. Then when Saudi Arabia increased oil production and drove down the price of oil (probably on orders of the United States), there were food shortages because they couldn't raise enough money to pay for the food they had to import. A top priority of the Venezuelan workers now has to be to correct this blunder if they want to save their revolution.