Biodiversity is the variety of plant and animal life in the world. Seed saving, exchanging, using and selling are pillars of biodiversity and also a fundamental part of the cultural repertoire of rural communities, especially of indigenous peoples. As a result of generations of exchanging seeds, peoples and entire countries have become interdependent as we all rely on genetic resources that have originated elsewhere for food security.
Agroecology reclaims collective goods such as land, water, seeds and knowledge. Agroecological farmers work with biodiversity to reduce their reliance on chemical inputs. Enhancing biodiversity renders productive food systems year round, increases climate resilience, and contributes to the conservation of abiotic resources.