War on seeds or war on weeds? The answer lies in ‘quality of life’

In anticipation of International Women’s Day 2016 (IWD2016) (March 8th), I am re-blogging this post from 2013 on women, weeding, agriculture… from first world to third world.

“Women are going to form a chain, a greater sisterhood than the world has ever known.” ― Nellie L. McClung

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Have you ever weeded a garden? I have. Many times. I recall as a child helping my grandmother weed her garden. Sometimes she used it as a form of punishment (yes, I had my moments). The garden wasn’t large but the task was onerous. Especially for a leggy, curious and impatient girl who’d rather be climbing trees, squashing pennies on the railway tracks or playing in the creek.

mom48Grandma and me (Mother’s Day 1971)

Whether you live in the city or the country, weeding is one of those little tasks that becomes part of the summer routine. If you want your backyard garden to thrive, you need to get rid of the competitive, unwanted plant material before it sucks the life out of a good crop of lettuce or beets.

But these are first world problems.  Let’s move a bit further south…

In an FAO study conducted in 2011, it…

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