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

2015-11-28 |

Earth To Paris: The Organic Movement Calls for an End to High-emitting Industrial Farming Practices

Industrialized farming costs $3.33 trillion per year in environmental damage. We can remedy this by switching to agro-ecological farming practices such as organic agriculture. With the world awaiting an agreement from the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris, the organic food and farming movement calls for commitment to land-based mitigation measures that contribute to food security and tackle the root causes of climate change.

Producing the food we eat from farm to fork accounts for about half of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. When it comes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the agricultural sector is second only to the energy sector. To date climate negotiators and policy-makers have paid little attention to this fact. IFOAM - Organics International calls for a climate agreement recognizing the importance of the land sector and the start of a process developing clear and transparent principles to ensure actions taken on climate change are in accordance with social and ecological considerations. “Industrial farming is one of the major drivers of climate change, and business as usual is not an option, “ states André Leu, President of IFOAM - Organics International. “Only a transition to agroecology and organic farming can lead to deep cuts in emissions from food production”.

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