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[Duurzaamlijst] Seedsavers

Doe-het-zelf zadenbehouders, voor agrobiodiversiteit en onafhankelijkheid.


The Farm Breeding Club Project is designed to bring farmers and researchers together to
share knowledge and seed stock for seed saving and breeding by farmers for farmers. This
project will catalog, preserve and lock into the public domain traditional seed varieties
of plants and food preventing their patenting for private profit.  It will also develop a
model in North and South Dakota for empowering farmers to develop and trade seed varieties
that are suited to low input agriculture.  This will give farmers an "out" from dependence
upon corporate-controlled seeds by increasing self-reliance and preserving the
biodiversity upon which our food system depends. This project can also strengthen the
growing worldwide network working to conserve biodiversity and to oppose the harmful
effects of genetically modified food and the corporate control of genetic resources.

Van: Wendy Hamilton [SMTP:wendy@worldhungeryear.org]

> Hello,
> I am writing from World Hunger Year (WHY) in the United States about seed
> saving programs. WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by
> supporting community-based organizations which create self-reliance,
> economic justice and food security. The Reinvesting in America Program,
> which I am working on, identifies the most effective of these programs to
> be used as replication models and shares information as a national network
> of over 5,000 grassroots organizations.
> I am looking for different seed saving models in order to do a comparison
> of models in different cultural, geographical and economic situations. I'd
> like to eventually feature these farming models, to show how they can be
> replicated in different places and under different situations, on our web
> site, with the ultimate goal being for each group to learn from and share
> with one another.
> My interest in seed saving programs began with a program of the Northern
> Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS) called the Farm Breeding
> Project. In addition to their work preserving seed varieties, NPSAS also
> promotes local food systems and has created a pooled insurance fund for
> farmers.
> Could you please tell me a bit about your work with seeds, share with me
> the names of any other seed saving groups you know of and suggest any
> questions or concerns that could be important to all seed saving groups?
> As
> I mentioned, I'd like to present a series of groups on our web site with a
> profile that will be based on response to this list of questions. I am
> sending along a description of the three NPSAS projects as well as a
> tentative list of questions which several organizations have helped me put
> together. These organizations include a group in Zimbabwe, 'Participatory
> Ecological Land Use Management'  (PELUM) which has initiated the Seed
> Saving Programme, a network of food security groups in Africa, a group in
> Canada, Seeds of Diversity, which is involved in seed rejuvenation and
> documentation and a group from Australia, the Seed Savers Network, which
> gives community seed bank training to  government and non-government
> workers, agriculture teachers and lecturers, women's groups and farmers.
> Thank you for your help and please feel free to send this note to any
> other
> groups or individuals that may be interested in these models.
> Kind regards,
> Aldwyn (Wendy) Hamilton
> Program Assistant, Reinvesting in America Program
> World Hunger Year
> 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 2100
> New York, NY 10018
> tel: 212-629-8850, ex. 134
> fax: 212-465-9274
> www.worldhungeryear.org

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