Sowing a Culture of Interdependence
This article was emailed to me by the Seed Savers Exchange Newsroom for sharing on our social network.
Seed Libraries are no threat to agriculture
By John Torgrimson
Recently, state governments in Pennsylvania and Maryland have intervened to prevent the free distribution of home-saved vegetable seeds through public seed libraries in their states, citing legislation meant to…Continue
Added by Devon Grissim on August 26, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments
SEED PROTOCOL DISCUSSION GROUP NOTES
My strategy when I wrote this Plant your Dream Blog was that seed library leaders could work toward a national protocol, building upon the protocols accepted by the Simpson Seed Library. I realize now that there are restrictive laws in some states such as CA that appear to block seed exchanges….the legal minds truly need to be at work here. For the states that are more lenient, I feel the Protocols need to be developed as well as looking…Continue
The language being used now to interpret the seed laws in each of the U.S. states will set a precedent for the future of seed swapping in the US. Since this has gotten national coverage, and if this is really spreading to multiple states, then how this debate plays out will have broad consequences for interpretations of seed exchange laws. It's very important to keep the values of the movement in forefront of our arguments. It's NOT about whether we…Continue
I'm not surprised to see news about the crackdown on the Simpson Seed Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on The Seed Library Social Network. We thought regulators over-reached, so three nonprofits that support seed sharing -- Shareable, New Dream, and the lawyers at the Sustainable Economies Law Center -- teamed up to find out. Here's our legal take on the situation:…Continue
Added by Neal Gorenflo on August 12, 2014 at 4:24pm — No Comments
Dear Seed Librarians,
I wanted to update you on the an article that recently came out about the Simpson Seed Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania where the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s requested them to comply with a Pennsylvania statute regulating seed distributors. Here is an article, …
Recently a story came across our Facebook feed that told of…Continue
Added by Seed Library of Los Angeles on August 5, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments
Recently a story came across our Facebook feed that told of an action taken by the Pennsylvania Dept of Agriculture that seemed foreboding.
After reading the story a number of SLOLA members had a fast and furious correspondence on Facebook supplemented by text messages and phone calls.