Seeds are the origin and the future of agriculture. And yet, we keep losing so much...
To date, following more than sixty years of restrictive legislation on the marketing of seeds at EU level, a very limited number of plant varieties and breeding materials are being placed on the market, threatening food sovereignty and security.
The erosion of cultivated biodiversity is linked to the accelerated development of an industrial food and farming system favouring intensive monoculture, patents on the living world, the concentration of means of production, the internationalisation of exchanges, the loss of local specificities…
Faced with growing climatic pressures, this system must be questioned for its glaring lack of equity and capacity to adapt. Two challenges that seed heterogeneity and diversity can help address.
In July 2023, the European Commission tabled two proposals for legislation that will be decisive for the future of our agri-food systems (on Plant Reproductive Material, on Plants produced by certain new genomic techniques). In this context, we are engaged in policy analysis and advocacy work, sharing voices and demands from the field in collaboration with key partners.
Seeds4All documents the successes and challenges of bringing greater seed diversity to our fields and our lives!
All the legislative information you need to understand the EU negotiations and debates on the marketing of seeds.
Our field reports from across Europe, using the seed angle to tackle issues relating to the agricultural transition.
A library of artistic resources to awaken your senses and knowledge of seeds, plants, agriculture and many more!
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On November 28, we took part in the organisation of a conference at the European Parliament to discuss the future of seeds. Spotlighting the specific voices of artisan seed producers in the context of the reform of the EU seed legislation, this event was an opportunity to analyse the coherence of the Commission's proposal in the light of the demands and difficulties put forward by the guardians of biodiversity. Continue reading...
A carefully crafted narrative is framing GMOs as an essential ingredient in sustainable food systems. The decision to prioritise GMOs over other approaches carries a significant path dependency that will likely shape the future of our food systems for decades to come. But, could a solid reform of the seed marketing legislation provide a more effective and safer response to sustainability commitments? Continue reading...
Last June, we travelled to south Belgium where population varieties of cereals gleaned from all over Europe are being tested as part of a close collaboration between Belgian cereal growers and the Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen. We were thrilled to witness the extent of their success, both in terms of varietal development and rural regeneration, while a large number of neighbours seemed happy to take part in this "open fields" day. Continue reading...
Seeds4All is a member of the Global Bean
Network gathering a hundred of partners from all over the world. Together they implement a range of activities to increase the cultivation and consumption of
legumes around the world, highlighting their benefits for agricultural transition.
The Seeds4All project is supported by the European Coordination Let's Liberate Diversity (EC-LLD), bringing together national seed saving organisations to encourage, develop and promote the dynamic management of cultivated biodiversity on farms and gardens.