ECJ ruling on gene editing products: Victory for consumers, farmers, environment
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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) published on July 25th its ruling on the legal status of food and feed crops derived from certain new genetic modification techniques. It gave clear confirmation that organisms from these new gene editing techniques are covered by existing EU GMO regulation.

Stop ‘Baysanto’ from monopolizing seeds!
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International call against patents on seeds. Prompted by the Bayer takeover of Monsanto, around 40 institutions active in plant breeding, agriculture and environmental protection are calling for effective measures to stop the patenting of conventionally bred plants and animals in Europe.

(NL) De zaden zijn binnen, laat de zomer maar beginnen
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Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

ASEED info night : new GMOs
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On Friday March 23rd, join us at NieuwLand in Amsterdam to discuss about Genetically Modified Organisms in agriculture.

Good news for organic and biodiverse seeds
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[no English translation available yet] De Europese Raad en de Landbouwcommissie van het Europees Parlement hebben op 20 november jl. hun goedkeuring gegeven aan de nieuwe bioverordening voor de Europese Unie. Drie jaar onderhandelen heeft geresulteerd in een breed pakket aan aanpassingen die als overwinning voor milieu en diversiteit kunnen worden … verder lezen

Efforts towards free seeds in Colombia
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For three years now, the Longo Maï cooperatives have been working together with the network ’Guardianes de Semillas de Vida’ (Guardians of the seeds of life) in Colombia. In the letter below, Alba tells us about the activities of the network and the difficult circumstances there. I am writing to … verder lezen

Reclaim the Seeds: save the dates for 2018
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24 februari Rotterdam; 3 maart Amsterdam; 10 maart ergens in Vlaanderen. Er werd ons al door vele mensen gevraagd of er al een plek en datum bekend is voor een volgend Reclaim the Seeds. En na wat gewik, geweeg en overleg hebben we wat knopen doorgehakt; er komen meerdere zadenbeurzen! … verder lezen

Update 15th Garden and Syria
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Since the Reclaim the Seeds festival last March (2017) ASEED is in good contact with The 15th Garden, a network for Food Sovereignty in Syria containing urban gardens in besieged cities and neighbourhoods and in refugee camps. In Europe several groups are trying to support this and also in the … verder lezen

Monsanto’s impact on basic human rights
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After several months of work following the hearings of witnesses and experts (The Hague, Oct. 2016), the five judges of the Monsanto Tribunal have delivered their conclusions in a 60-pages legal advisory opinion. What did they conclude?

The European Patent Office forbids patents on plants (but not really)
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The European Patent Office had a meeting on June 29 2017 about patenting plants and animals. This is part of the process that is already going on for almost a year and ASEED has often written about this process and the need to stop patenting plants, plant material and animals … verder lezen

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