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:
Turns out, regulators likely did over-reach and there's also an easy work around that this and other Pennsylvania seed libraries can use to operate within the law as a peer to peer seed exchanges.
As this story stoked much concern among other seed libraries in the US, we also covered this (more research needed).
How you can help:
If you have a blog or site, please post about our legal findings. Feel free to quote, excerpt, or even republish our article with attribution and link back to the original article on Shareable.net. This is really important! We need to have a legal perspective supporting seed banks come up in search results related to this crackdown. We don't want what happened with Simpson Seed Library to set a precedent. You can also share our post on social media. This is important too, but doesn't have a permanent impact on how information about the legality of seed banks will be found on the web.
Co-founder of Shareable