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). The initiative was created in 2002 by the Foundation on Future Farming and since then advocates no tolerance for contamination of seeds by GMOs.

From this initiative hundreds of organizations and some thousand citizens of the EU have become affiliated with Save Our Seeds’ many activities.  The projects combine the genetic engineering controversy and sustainable land and food sovereignty with an international perspective. 

SOS organizes the yearly  GMO Free Regions conference, leads the  Bantam Mais action and is co-publisher of the  Informationsdienst Gentechnik (GE Info Service). SOS was involved in the creation of the  Weltagrarbericht (World Agriculture Report) and has shared its findings all over Germany. Together with many other organizations, SOS is responsible for the campaign  “Meine Landwirtschaft – Unsere Wahl” (My Agriculture, Our Choice), engaged with the realignment of European agricultural policy after 2013.

With its campaigns and initiatives, SOS networks with different organizations, companies, politicians, scientists, farmers, and interested citizens; and wishes to lead a productive debate towards sustainable change.  

No Patents on Plants and Animals!

Freedom for Tomato and Broccoli (No patents on seeds)
Freedom for Tomato and Broccoli (No patents on seeds)

21.05.2015 Initiative “no patents on seed” call to “Act now – save the future of our food!”

The signatories  call for an immediate amendment of the Implementing Regulation to the European Patent Convention and for a change in European Patent law to finally exclude all breeding processes and breeding material, plant and animal characteristics, gene sequences, plants and animals, as well as food derived thereof from patentability.  [more]

International News

2016-12-07 |

The organic regulation review has reached a dead end – we need to turn around

Agriculture in the EU is facing crises across the board: from the declining livelihoods of farmers and exodus from rural areas,
to the contributions to climate change, and from the harm to biodiversity to the degradation of soils. Meanwhile across the
EU, science and consumers are showing that organic delivers. Organic empowers farmers to design agronomic systems that
are more resilient economically and environmentally, enabling them to reduce dependence on external inputs, and
promoting the development – rather than the degradation – of the natural resources on which we depend for food
production. At the same time, year-on-year growth for organic in the EU is 6-7%, far beyond any other food & drink market
segment, and consumers regularly cite environmental reasons and bans on synthetic pesticide use as reasons for their

Continuous improvement is part of the organic mindset and the organic movement welcomes initiatives to help organic
farming and food develop. A review of the existing organic regulation had the potential to improve the legal framework; to
support farmers who want to go organic; to guarantee fair competition and improve the functioning of the single market;
to make application of the rules simpler and clearer; and to sustain the already high level of consumer confidence among
EU citizens. There were positive proposals from the EU institutions (Commission, Council and Parliament), such as the
establishment of environmental performance criteria for traders and processors, and new means to increase integrity in the
controls and in the import rules governing organic.

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