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.

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 »
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    Why Is Tomato Sylvestre, a Wild, Pea-Size Tomato is So Important?

Why Is Tomato Sylvestre, a Wild, Pea-Size Tomato is So Important?

As we face more and more frequent and extreme weather patterns, tapping back into the rich genetic resources of its crop wild relatives will be crucial. It will be a matter of survival.

Just Adopted: Arusha Protocol of New Varieties of Plants

As the Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants was just adopted, many fear significant impact on African farmers.
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    Agroecology Can Help Fix Our Broken Food System. Here’s How.

Agroecology Can Help Fix Our Broken Food System. Here’s How.

The various incarnations of the sustainable food movement need a science with which to approach a system as complex as food and farming.
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    The Corporate Takeover of Africa’s Food Is on Shaky Grounds – It’s Time for Action.

The Corporate Takeover of Africa’s Food Is on Shaky Grounds – It’s Time for Action.

In return for western aid and investment, African governments are reforming laws to benefit multinational corporations like Monsanto

Soil: The Substance of Transformation

Soil – the substance of transformation was the subject of this year’s Global Soil Week (GSW) in Berlin, giving a clear indication of how this most overlooked, but most important of all food production resources, is now just beginning to receive the attention.