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 … verder lezen
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 … verder lezen
ASEED is against patents on seeds and for the accessibility of seeds for farmers and gardeners. As part of our campaign work we promote alternative networks that save and exchange the seeds and protect and maintain the agricultural diversity. But we really appreciate it that other organisations are following the developments with the European legislation in detail. Below you can read a press release from ‘No Patents on Seeds’ about the way the role of the European Court of Justice in patent cases is decimated and about the weakening of the breeders rights. Another alarming developments is that the procedures become so expensive that only corporations will be able to interfere in the process. For civil society organisations and farmers it will become almost impossible to react on proposed legislation in an official way.
Brussels 17/18 april 2011 – International Days of Action for Seed Sovereignty: The annual International Day of Peasant Resistance was celebrated this year with a European wide seed swap fair in a Brussels community centre. Over thirty seed initiatives from ten different countries offered agricultural seeds of old and traditional food crops. This ancient farmers tradition of exchanging seeds had been almost forgotten in the industrial age, but has been revivied in dozens of regional and national seed swap events. This fair was the first where seeds from all over Europe were swapped. “Fairs like these contribute greatly to agricultural diversity” says Jürgen Holzapfel a farmer who specialises in growing rare species of grain, and co-organiser of the event.
Monopolisation of seeds – This brochure takes a look at the current state of affairs regarding monopolisation in the seed market of Europe and the Netherlands, and examines the implications for the future of food and farming as we know it.
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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 … verder lezen
On Saturday September 12, the new ASEED garden signs saying “This garden is GMO free, patent free, and pesticide free!” were installed at both entrances of the community garden Voedseltuin IJplein in … verder lezen
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 … verder lezen