August 2014 Blog Posts (7)

Commentary from Seed Savers Exchange

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…

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Added by Devon Grissim on August 26, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Working Toward a National Protocol & Changing the Seed Laws as well.

 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…

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Added by Leslie Goldman on August 26, 2014 at 3:59am — 3 Comments

On the interpretation of seed exchange law

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…

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Added by Devon Grissim on August 23, 2014 at 3:14pm — 2 Comments

Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries

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:…

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Added by Neal Gorenflo on August 12, 2014 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Seed Library Crackdown

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, …

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Added by Seed Libraries on August 11, 2014 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

Updated: Are Seed Libraries Illegal?

Recently a story came across our Facebook feed that told of…

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Added by Seed Library of Los Angeles on August 5, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Does US Agricultural Law Mean Seed Libraries Are Illegal?

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. 

We…

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Added by Seed Library of Los Angeles on August 5, 2014 at 2:42am — 1 Comment

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