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Downloadable PDF – Resources_February, 2019

Community Seed Exchange – grassroots community seed bank that supports Sonoma County, CA gardeners with free, locally grown, open-pollinated, pesticide and GMO-free seeds – https://www.communityseedexchange.org/

Consolidation in global seed industry –1996-2018 graphic from Philip Howard at Michigan State University https://philhowardnet.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/Seed2018-1.pdf

Council for Responsible Genetics – The Council for Responsible Genetics fosters public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies. It publishes a bimonthly magazine, GeneWatch, the only publication of its kind in the nation. It also publishes a list of companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge. http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/Projects/CurrentProject.aspx?projectId=17

ETC Group – Corporate control of the Food ChainToo Big to Feed: The Short Report Mega-mergers and the concentration of power in the agri-food sector: How dominant firms have become too big to feed humanity sustainably.

GRAIN – a small international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. http://www.grain.org

Navdanya – Vandana Shiva’s effort to bring attention to the importance of seed sovereignty – http://www.navdanya.org/site/

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center – a research, demonstration, advocacy and organizing center in Sonoma County, California that develops strategies for regional-scale community resilience. – http://www.oaec.org/ 

Seed Saving Guide for Educators – published by Occidental Arts and Ecology Centerhttp://oaec.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/A-Handful-of-Seeds.pdf

Open Source Seed Initiativehttp://osseeds.org/ – “Today, only a handful of companies account for most of the world’s commercial breeding and seed sales. Increasingly, patenting is used to enhance the power and control of these companies over the seeds and the farmers that feed the world. Patented seeds cannot be saved, replanted, or shared by farmers and gardeners. And because there is no research exemption for patented material, plant breeders at universities and small seed companies cannot use patented seed to create the new crop varieties that should be the foundation of a just and sustainable agriculture. Inspired by the free and open source software movement that has provided alternatives to proprietary software, OSSI was created to free the seed—to make sure that the genes in at least some seed can never be locked away from use by intellectual property rights.”

Organic Seed Alliance – advocacy for organic seed and decentralized seed systems – http://www.seedalliance.org                  Downloadable pdf – “A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers” 2010

Seed Ambassadors – publishes Seed Saving Zine – 4th Edition A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship & Seed Sovereignty. It also sells seed at Adaptive Seedshttp://seedambassadors.org/

Seed Libraries – Richmond Grows, Richmond, CA – http://www.richmondgrowsseeds.org/ List of other seed libraries – http://seedlibraries.weebly.com/   – look for “Sister Libraries” under “Start A Library” heading

William Woys Weaver and the Roughwood Seed Collection – Food Historian Weaver saves 4000 varieties of seeds –https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/gardening-with-heirloom-varieties-zmaz08aszgoe

 

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