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.  

Opt Out: 340000 signatures for GMO ban in Germany

Secretary of State of the German Ministry for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth receives the first 323.526 signatures. Foto: Huber/campact  Foto: Huber/campact
Secretary of State of the German Ministry for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth receives the first 323.526 signatures. Foto: Huber/campact Foto: Huber/campact

According to a newly passed legislation EU member states can from now on decide for themselves whether GMOs are banned on their territory. The German minister for agriculture wants to hand down this responsibility to the individual Federal States. In one state GM-maize is allowed in the next one it is forbidden? 16 different federal laws will be an immense bureaucratic burden. And besides GM pollen and GM seeds do not respect borders.  Sign now our joint call for a uniform cultivation ban on GMOs!  [more]

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]

Berlin Declaration adopted

08.05.2015 On the occasion of this years’  GMO Free Europe Conference a network of NGOs and scientists, the European GMO Free Regions Network and the Danube Soya Association announced the Berlin Declaration. During the conference 400 participants from 65 countries discussed current issues within the GMO debate focusing on new political and scientific developments. The Berlin Declaration touches upon several of these aspects: The European Opt out regulations, The European Protein Strategy, TTIP, Low Level Presence of GMOs, GMO Labelling as well as New Technologies.  [more]


International News

2015-11-17 |

GeneWatch UK and TestBiotech PR: Warning to EU Member States not to allow new genetically engineered soybeans with resistance to glyphosate for import

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Recent assessment of EFSA supports concerns regarding health risks

On 18 November, the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed has three applications for the import authorisation of genetically engineered soybeans with resistance to glyphosate on its agenda. These soybeans can be used as food and feed across the EU. Two of these plants have been engineered to be resistant to the combined use of other herbicides and glyphosate. Testbiotech and GeneWatch UK are together requesting that these authorisation processes are suspended.

Their concerns are supported by a recent conclusion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the health risk assessment of glyphosate: In its assessment, EFSA concludes that there is no evidence for the carcinogenicity of the active ingredient glyphosate. But this conclusion explicitly does not include the applications of glyphosate on genetically engineered soybeans or the application of commercial mixtures of glyphosate such as Roundup that contain various additives.

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