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

2015-10-06 |

Majority of EU nations seek opt-out from growing GM crops

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Nineteen EU member states have requested opt-outs for all or part of their territory from cultivation of a Monsanto genetically-modified crop, which is authorised to be grown in the European Union, the European Commission said on Sunday.

Under a law signed in March, individual countries can seek exclusion from any approval request for genetically modified cultivation across the 28-nation EU.

The law was introduced to end years of stalemate as genetically modified crops divide opinion in Europe.


The 19 requests are from Austria, Belgium for the Wallonia region, Britain for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany (except for research), Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia.

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