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

Save our Seeds
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Join the campaign and put yourself on the map as part of The Largest Seedbank of the Netherlands. [Only available in Dutch. English will follow a.s.a.p.] Bionext is een campagne gestart tegen het patenteren van gewassen. Hoewel er in de EU duidelijk is aangegeven dat er geen octrooi mag worden … verder lezen

Mobilisation for opposition against patent on tomatoes
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European-wide coalition increases pressure on politicians and the European Patent Office. On April 12 2016 a European-wide coalition is starting a mass opposition against a patent held by the Swiss company Syngenta on tomatoes produced by conventional breeding. The coalition is asking people to join an official complaint against the … verder lezen

Reclaim the Seeds Internationally
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Reclaim the Seeds Internationally Reclaim the Seeds was started in 2012 in Amsterdam as a seed fair with stalls from all over the Netherlands. At the fair, seeds can be swapped, bought and given away, and you can also find books and zines relating to critical topics surrounding agriculture. Each … 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

Successful Reclaim the Seeds in Wageningen
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Around 1000 participants in seed fair and workshop programme on the campus of the University of Wageningen. Joint statement against patents on crop plants and against the power position of the major international agrochemical companies. Marie-Monique Robin and Olivier de Schutter presented the Monsanto Tribunal to the participants. On the … verder lezen

IFOAM EU: classify new genetic engineering techniques as GMOs
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IFOAM EU urges the European Commission to classify new genetic engineering techniques as GMOs IFOAM EU, a European umbrella organisation for organic food and farming, has published a position paper on new genetic engineering techniques, ahead of the legal interpretation of the European Commission, expected by March 2016. The European … verder lezen

Reclaim the Seeds 2016 in Wageningen and Lier
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Seeds can be multiplied. The same applies to Reclaim the Seeds. Early 2016, 2 Reclaim-the-Seeds fairs will take place; one on Saturday February 13th in Wageningen (NL) and the other on February 27th in Lier (Be). ASEED and VoedselAnders organize the activities in Wageningen while Velt is dealing with Lier. … verder lezen

Ground Control action camp report
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After many memorable gatherings last summer, the action camps season is now over for good. It is high time to make a short report about Ground Control, the agriculture and climate action camp that took place in the harbour of Amsterdam last July.

New movie: From Seed to Seed
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From Seed to Seed is a pedagogical film intended for all those who wish to learn how to produce their own vegetable seeds. With the help of magnificent images and short animated drawings it shows, step by step, the production of seeds of 32 kinds of vegetables. In addition, eight … verder lezen

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