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

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

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

New publications on seed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback
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Booklet, poster and map Peasant seeds – the pillar of food production – are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly limit what farmers can do with their seeds. Seed saving, which has been the basis of farming for thousands of years, is quickly being criminalised. … verder lezen

Trade deals criminalise farmers’ seeds
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[GRAIN, November 18, 2014] What could be more routine than saving seeds from one season to the next? After all, that is how we grow crops on our farms and in our gardens. Yet from Guatemala to Ghana, from Mozambique to Malaysia, this basic practice is being turned into a … verder lezen

Dutch candidates EU elections about seed law and TTIP
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[Sorry, this article only exists in Dutch] ASEED heeft vrijwel alle kandidaten voor de EU verkiezingen op 22 mei een vragenlijst gestuurd over de EU-zadenwet, octrooien en het TTIP. We hebben een paar interessante reacties op een rijtje gezet. Per vraag wordt ingegaan op de belangrijkste bevindingen. Sommige kandidaten hebben … verder lezen

Movie: Struggle for seeds in Colombia and the Netherlands
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[this article and movie don’t exist in English] Noticias interviewde de Colombiaanse activisten Cynthia Osario Torres, Alba Marleny Portillo Calvache en Albeiro Antonio Alvarado Catuche. In 2010 ondertekende Colombia namelijk een vrijhandelsverdrag met de Verenigde Staten. Als voorwaarde voor de implementatie werd in 2012 de ‘Internationale Conventie ter Bescherming van … verder lezen

Report Workshop: Seed freedom and the EU seed law
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During the Food Otherwise Conference in Wageningen on February 22 ASEED orgnised a workshop on seed freedom, the concentration on the European seedmarket and the latest developments with the EU Seed Law. Speakers: Vandana Shiva, Ivan Mammana (ASEED) and Elly Janssen (ASEED).

Report workshop on breeders rights and patents
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[no English translation available yet] Tijdens de VoedselAnders Conferentie op 21 februari in Wageningen had ASEED een workshop georganiseerd met de titel: “Zaaigoed: octrooien versus kwekersrecht versus vrije boerenzaden, waar zijn de duurzame landbouw en de diversiteit mee gediend” Sprekers: Maaike Raaijmakers – Bionext en Stichting Zaadgoed Kempe van der … verder lezen

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