Welcome to "Save Our Seeds"

„Save Our Seeds“ (SOS) is a European initiative in favor of the purity of seeds against genetically modified organisms (GMO).Conventional and organic seeds should continue to be free of genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms should not be imposed on farmers and consumers. Over 300,000 citizens and 300 organizations with more than 25 million members in all of Europe support the SOS  petition for seed purity.

Apart from this main concern, Save Our Seeds coordinates more  projects dealing with the discussion of genetic engineering, sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty – coupled with an international perspective. With its campaigns and initiatives, SOS links companies, politicians, scientists, farmers, and interested citizens; and wishes to lead a productive debate towards sustainable change.

Colourful variety not standardized uniformity!

On the 25th of April, Save our Seeds and Campact have launched  a petition on the upcoming new EU regulation of seed marketing. The new regulation will de facto ban old and rare varieties and farmers varieties and threaten the exchange and selling of seeds of diversity.

The current draft regulation was written by DG SANCO. Before it becomes an official proposal of the EU-Commission, DG AGRI (Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development) and the DG ENVI (Directorate General for the Environment) have to agree to it‘s contents. At the moment there are several points of disagreement. The regulation will not be passed if 14 Commissioners vote against (ie no majority is reached). Each country of the EU has one commissioner in Brussels. The commissioners of DG AGRI and DG ENVI should vote against, so we need 12 more. Find the list of commissioners here:

 http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/index_en.htm

The petition is demanding that proposed EU seed legislation must allow more diversity in our fields and on our plates, rather than destroying it. Traditional and local varieties must remain exempt from licensing or certification requirements. Strict rules, controls, inspections and costly permits should only apply to seeds and seed materials which are traded commercially, in large quantities. The free exchange of seeds and seedlings between farmers, gardeners and seed initiatives must be guaranteed and supported.

Only by growing a wide selection of fruits, vegetables and grains, can we ensure that our agriculture adapts to climate change, new diseases and pests. We want colorful variety not standardized uniformity!#

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International News

2015-03-05 |

EU’s food agency re-checks safety of biotech crops following new research

Stop GMO Maize 1507 Stop GMO Maize 1507

Europe urged to stop authorisation of genetically engineered maize for cultivation
Friends of the Earth Europe and Testbiotech
Thursday, 5. March 2015

The European Food Safety Authority has started an investigation into the safety of growing genetically engineered maize in Europe following the publication of the biggest study on maize pollen published to date. Friends of the Earth Europe and Testbiotech have called on the EU to immediately suspend the growing of GM maize and to stop all future approvals. The European Commission, under pressure from the biotech industry, is understood to be imminently considering genetically engineered maize 1507 permitted for cultivation. Friends of the Earth Europe and Testbiotech have written to the new EU food safety Commissioner Andriukaitis calling for him to halt all cultivation of GM maize. The European Food Safety Authority, in a letter dated 16 December 2014, announced a new investigation into the safety of genetically engineered maize currently being grown in Europe, or in the pipeline to be grown. They claim these new safety tests will be complete by 31 May 2015.

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