‘Lobby Planet’ – new brochure made by CEO
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Corporate Europe Observatory, an organisation which keeps an eye on the corporate lobby in Brussels, published a new brochure: ‘Lobby Planet’. It features: 135 big business lobby actors representing different industry interests; A geographic guide with maps so you can navigate the corporate lobbying streets of Brussels; An overview of … verder lezen

How ‘open source’ seed producers are changing global food production
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Patenting plant material has been an ever increasing trend since the early 2000s. Today, many staple crops have been patented which concerns plant breeders, environmentalists, and food security experts that understand the threat that this poses for the future of food production. The Open Source Seed Initiative, also known as … verder lezen

Resistance to agri-business is rising
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Together with 200+ civil society organisations, ASEED has signed an open letter to the EU Commissioner Vestager (responsible for competition and for regulating the mergers) and other relevant Commissioners to voice its opposition to giant agri-business mergers.

Seed films & documentaires
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Knowledge is empowerment, films are powerful. They can offer us insights in lives far away from our day-to-day lives and enable us to see patterns all around the globe. Patterns of destruction and depression, as well as creation and hope. The following set of short films and documentaries will offer … verder lezen

Will European patents on plants and animals finally be forbidden?
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Good news from Brussels: on February 20 all member states decided unanimously that crops and plant material that are the result of classical breeding can not be patented. Past November the European Commission already concluded that the current Biotechnology Directive from 1998 is interpreted in the wrong way by the … verder lezen

The 15th Garden – Seeds for Syria
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Civil cooperative project ensuring post-war food sovereignty in Syria If peace was something you could eat, how would you describe it? “A poor man would call it bread, a rich man caviar. For me peace would be something edible, a vegetable whose seeds I can plant anywhere in the world … verder lezen

It is time to stop patents on plants!
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With the recent notice of the European Commission we have the chance to do this now! In the past years an increasingly number of patents on plants has been granted. Luckily, this development is not irreversible. As an answer on plenty of protests against patentability of plants and seeds, the … verder lezen

The Profession Of Greenwashing by Monsanto
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How companies use the language of food security to legetimize making profit When thinking about food security and climate change, we have to realise that the impacts caused by our food con­ sumption are inconceivable. But now we can breathe again: many people and pro­ fessionals within the seeds industry … verder lezen

15 June: Strengthening Farmer-led Seed Systems
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Farmers, especially women, have been the custodians of the world’s biodiversity through saving, using, exchanging and selling seed and propagating material. The rights of farmers to do this are a core component of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources, as well as their right to participate in decision making … verder lezen

Wageningen is in favour of everything, as long as it isn’t too critical
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[this text only exists in Dutch] Op 12 en 13 februari vonden Reclaim the Seeds en Voedsel Anders plaats in het Forum- en Orion gebouw van de Universiteit van Wageningen (ook wel WUR of Wageningen University & Research centre genoemd). De ruimtes waren gratis beschikbaar gesteld en we hadden veel … verder lezen

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