The Seed Savers Foundation established in 1986 in Australia

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“Seeds are the first link in the food chain and the repository of life’s future evolution. As such, it is our inherent duty and responsibility to protect them and to pass them on to future generations.” Vandana Shiva

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Interactive maps of our Local Seed Networks and our multitude of activities around the world

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Local Seed Networks

Action People Needed to Start Seed Networks
It is all about producing our own seeds and exchanging them with others – Free the Seed! – not planting corporate seeds.
Community groups, indigenous organisations, Transition Town groups, schools and individual collectors have joined hands for local seed action.

Seed Savers is now able to accept registration of Local Seed Networks from groups all over the world.

Our Global Reach

Seed Savers has had a direct effect on seed saving in forty-four countries. Former interns, trainees and associates have started seed saving groups and movements in about half of them. Seed Savers’ principals and founders, Jude and Michel Fanton, have visited the rest, providing training and giving presentations on seed issues and the practicalities of seed saving. Each year they go on a Seed Solidarity Tour when they advise on setting up community seed exchanges and networks, give keynotes, document seed projects, take video footage and make media appearances

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  • Seeds the Commodity

    Far far away from the Gift of Seed (or food) of the Vedic culture aka Anadanna or the highly sacred seed of the Andeans ancient cultures, we have chosen to show you seeds dressed up as a commodity for the global market, a mere product worth  25-28 $ Billions a year trade. That is the subject of this research. With just a few thousand US $ for the research paper you can find out the position of seed on the investment market in 2018.

    I quote from the research paper: “The seed market is primarily driven by the consumption of seeds with traits which is gaining awareness among the farmers. Oilseed and grain seeds are key segments of the global seed market.”

    Traits refer to genes are been selected to be included in the new proprietary hi-tech seeds. Expect GMOs to fit into this category. Traits or characteristics such as herbicide resistance, shelf life for vegetables, high oil content for biofuels, are now “discovered” with gene marker technology, selected and inserted into other plants to become GMOs you find mostly in processed food as part of ingredients. One particularly sought after genetic trait may end up been leased for hundreds of varieties of vegetables, tubers, cereals or fibres, creating bonanza cash- windfall to the gene tech giants.

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