The obituary was published in The Guardian.
Erna Bennet feared and stood firm against the takeover of biological resources and research by the agro-industrial corporations. In those days it was about seeds, fertilisers, agro-chemical inputs and processing. Today these same forces have expanded their hold and are now called the life sciences or bioscience corporations, conglomerates that span pharmaceuticals, foods, agriculture, health and bio-materials. The voice of scientists in the face of this grip by the corporate bio-science sector lags behind the popular recoil at contaminated, nutritionally empty or unhealthy foods, production systems that are mining the remaining fertility of soils and purity of water without replenishment them. The rupture between people, their foods and the landscapes that produce them has dulled our ability to learn and adapt to changing conditions and the demands to feed our newest and oldest generations. Where and when will Erna Bennet’s scientific and political heirs assume their responsibility to carry forth the struggle for healthy agricultural systems and dignified lives.
A Memorial Service is being held for Erna at 12.30 hrs. on Friday, 9th March at Santa Balbina Church, Viale Guido Baccelli (near FAO). The Service will be held in English.
The Service is being held for those of us who wish to remember Erna but weren’t able to be at her funeral.
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