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 toward changes where Seed Laws are needed.
August 25, 2014.

http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=2197727

UPDATE AUGUST 25, 2014

HERE ARE TWO MORE BLOGS WRITTEN AUGUST 25 ABOUT THE SEED LAWS, ESPECIALLY IN CA THAT APPEAR TO BLOCK SEED EXCHANGES

MORE FOOD GROWERS NEEDED BUT SEED LAWS MAY BE RESTRICTIVE
http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=2199135

SEED LAWS IN CA APPEAR TO BE STRICTER THAN IN PENNSYLVANIA
It appears that where Seed Laws in Pennsylvania can be circumvented to allow for seed swaps and Seed Library members to organize their own independent Seed Banks, this does not appear to be the case in California     6:59 pm; August 25, 2014

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Comment by Leslie Goldman on August 26, 2014 at 2:52pm

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I JUST GOT ANOTHER IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION VIA JOHHNY ZOOK VIA EMAIL

I am willing to take suggestions, and if you know people  {who} have ideas it would be good for me to have them sooner than later.
 

ON Aug 26, 2014, at 5:27 AM, Zook, Johnny wrote:

Hi Leslie,
 
However, the protocols get worked out is not so much the issue, but rather does an action(s) cause the activity to be classified as “Seed Distribution”.  As long as we can have a logical/reasonable way to say the activity is not seed distribution, then its fine to operate without concern of the Seed Act – speaking for Pennsylvania.  Also, in PA, once the Seed Library is big enough it could function within the Seed Act.  $25.00 for seed license fee and $7.00 for each 400 seed Germination test would be the ‘cost’; and, not that printing is hard, the seed label can be hand written as long as it is legible.  
 
I am willing to take suggestions, and if you know people {who} have ideas it would be good for me to have them sooner than later.
 
As to your suggested protocol – it’s more of a mission statement than a protocol – how would it actually work?  I get the idea though that you would like something that says a select or exclusive group would share/pool seeds to work on developing locally adapted seeds; a members only kind of thing… I guess it would depend on how that is done and if then resulting seeds are kept within the group or if they then share them with the public at large… I don’t know…  I need more concrete procedure to evaluate to give a definite answer.
 
Thanks
Johnny
 
Johnny Zook | Seed Program Supervisor
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture | Bureau of Plant Industry
2301 North Cameron Street | Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717.787.4894 | Fax: 717.705.6518
www.agriculture.state.pa.us
 
Comment by Leslie Goldman on August 26, 2014 at 2:41pm

SEED LAWS IN CA APPEAR TO BE STRICTER THAN IN PENNSYLVANIA
It appears that where Seed Laws in Pennsylvania can be circumvented to allow for seed swaps and Seed Library members to organize their own independent Seed Banks, this does not appear to be the case in California     6:59 pm; August 25, 2014    http://curezone.org/blogs/fm.asp?i=2199135

Comment by Devon Grissim on August 26, 2014 at 2:36pm
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