Sowing a Culture of Interdependence
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 can co-exist, it's about which values will be reinforced as a result of these debates.
That being said, seed libraries are fundamentally about changing the values in how we relate to seeds, genetic data property laws, and community. Seed libraries protect and maintain genetic data the way public libraries protect and maintain cultural data. Define seed laws as to place power in the hands of the few for fear of the data escaping official control, is similar to defining publishing laws in the hands of the few for fear of information escaping official control. So now we set the tone. Which values do we choose to uphold? We've come this far. Let us argue for protocol and legal structures that uphold these values.