The forum takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield.
“Corporate Consolidation in Your Backyard” will help you negotiate your way through the maze of corporate changes that affect what you grow, eat, and can call your own. Kavanya will define and discuss GMOs, terminator technology, utility patents, plant patents, and licensing agreements. You will hear the latest in the patent lawsuit against Monsanto. And she’ll end with a few “sprouts of hope” on this changing landscape of the commons.
Kavanya purchases seed and manages the trials for Fedco Seeds. At one time, she was a market grower and the organizer for Maine Right to Know (which sought to label genetically modified food in Maine).
Currently, when she's not tending to her herbs, she keeps the seeds alive by growing two varieties of corn along with well-adapted Russian red garlic.
The forum is free and open to all but donations are welcome. For more information, contact Breanna Norris at 487-1361.