News

Looking for up-to-date information on seed, biodiversity and food issues? This page highlights recent reports and news stories on the future of food and the themes explored in the Seed Map.

100% possible March for the climate

March with us in Ottawa on November 29th, to remind our leaders attending the Paris Climate Conference (COP-21) that ecological agriculture is a key solution to climate change.

Live Bibliography

Here is our live library making a case for agroecology as a key response to climate change. We will be updating it daily in preparation for the 2015 Paris Conference. Help us build this list! Tell us what you’re reading … Read more »
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    GM Salmon in Court today: Should the approval be overturned in Canada?

GM Salmon in Court today: Should the approval be overturned in Canada?

Environmental groups are in court in Ottawa today to ensure a rigorous assessment of genetically modified salmon in Canada. Failure to notify public during consideration of application to grow genetically-modified salmon eggs violates Canadian Environmental Protection Act, groups say.
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    This World Food Day, Let’s Choose Agroecology to Fight Against Climate Change

This World Food Day, Let’s Choose Agroecology to Fight Against Climate Change

World Food Day 2015: We cannot address the climate crisis without drastically rethinking the way we farm and produce food.

CFS42- Agroecology

            Come hear how agroecology can sustainably deliver wholesome, nutritious foods while nourishing communities, livelihoods and ecosystems. And learn why it should be placed high on the CFS agenda. Speakers: Faris Ahmed, CSM/USC Canada Ibrahima Coulibaly, Coordination … Read more »

Registration & Certification of Farmers’ Seeds

Although they play a central role in farming practices around the world, farmer-saved seeds are often limited to informal seed systems, outside the purview of national seed policy and laws.
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    International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources: A Quick Introduction

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources: A Quick Introduction

International Plant Treaty 101: What is the International Plant Treaty and why are countries meeting about it in Rome (FAO) Oct. 5-9, 2015.

ITPGRFA- Civil Society Interventions

6th Session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) 5-9 October 2015 | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy Here is a … Read more »
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    Brazilian Congress introduces new bill to overturn ban on Terminator Seeds technology

Brazilian Congress introduces new bill to overturn ban on Terminator Seeds technology

October 5, 2015- The threat of Terminator Seeds technology looms yet again in Brazil with a new bill introduced in Congress.

Civil Society Says NO to ‘Climate-Smart Agriculture’

…and urges decision-makers to support agroecology. The food movement and agriculture community generally loves CSAs, the much talked about Community Supported Agriculture model. But earlier this month, Civil Society Organizations released a joint statement outlining their concerns with a different type of CSA, … Read more »