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21.05.2015 Initiative “no patents on seed” call to “Act now – save the future of our food!”

Save Our Seeds

GMO free Agriculture

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Welcome to “Save Our Seeds”

‘Save Our Seeds’ (SOS) is a European initiative in favor of the purity of seeds against genetically modified organisms (GMO). The initiative was created in 2002 by the Foundation on Future Farming and since then advocates no tolerance for contamination of seeds by GMOs.

From this initiative hundreds of organizations and some thousand citizens of the EU have become affiliated with Save Our Seeds’ many activities. The projects combine the genetic engineering controversy and sustainable land and food sovereignty with an international perspective.

SOS organizes the yearly GMO Free Regions conference, leads the Bantam Mais action and is co-publisher of the Informationsdienst Gentechnik (GE Info Service). SOS was involved in the creation of the Weltagrarbericht (World Agriculture Report) and has shared its findings all over Germany. Together with many other organizations, SOS is responsible for the campaign “Meine Landwirtschaft – Unsere Wahl” (My Agriculture, Our Choice), engaged with the realignment of European agricultural policy after 2013.

With its campaigns and initiatives, SOS networks with different organizations, companies, politicians, scientists, farmers, and interested citizens; and wishes to lead a productive debate towards sustainable change.

No Patents on Plants and Animals!

Freedom for Tomato and Broccoli (No patents on seeds)

21.05.2015 Initiative “no patents on seed” call to “Act now – save the future of our food!”

The signatories call for an immediate amendment of the Implementing Regulation to the European Patent Convention and for a change in European Patent law to finally exclude all breeding processes and breeding material, plant and animal characteristics, gene sequences, plants and animals, as well as food derived thereof from patentability. [more]

Highlight negative results to improve science

Publishers, reviewers and other members of the scientific community must fight science’s preference for positive results — for the benefit of all, says Devang Mehta.

Near the end of April, my colleagues and I published an unusual scientific paper — one reporting a failed experiment — in Genome Biology. Publishing my work in a well-regarded peer-reviewed journal should’ve been a joyous, celebratory event for a newly minted PhD holder like me. Instead, trying to navigate through three other journals and countless revisions before finding it a home at Genome Biology has revealed to me one of the worst aspects of science today: its toxic definitions of ‘success’.

Our work started as an attempt to use the much-hyped CRISPR gene-editing tool to make cassava (Manihot esculenta) resistant to an incredibly damaging viral disease, cassava mosaic disease. (Cassava is a tropical root crop that is a staple food for almost one billion people.) However, despite previous reports that CRISPR could provide viral immunity to plants by disrupting viral DNA, our experiments consistently showed the opposite result.

In fact, our paper also showed that using CRISPR as an ‘immune system’ in plants probably led to the evolution of viruses that were more resistant to CRISPR. And although this result was scientifically interesting, it wasn’t the ‘positive’ result that applied scientists like me are taught to value. I had set off on my PhD trying to engineer plants to be resistant to viral diseases, and instead, four years later, I had good news for only the virus.

Gene-edited animals will intensify factory farming and the climate crisis, could harm human health

New report highlights urgent need for safety assessments, oversight

WASHINGTON — A new report from Friends of the Earth and Logos Environmental reveals that the use of gene editing in farm animals poses risks to human health, the environment and animal welfare. The report comes on the heels of research by the FDA showing that gene-edited hornless cattle have unexpected antibiotic resistant genes, despite researchers’ original claims that they did not contain any genetic errors. This new report sheds light on the unintended consequences of gene editing and considers the implications for U.S. regulations.

Many genetically engineered farm animals are currently in development, funded by private companies or governments and enabled by new gene editing technologies such as CRISPR. Examples include super-muscly cows and pigs, hornless cattle, chickens and pigs made to resist certain diseases, cows with human genes, and other genetic experiments. Production of these gene-edited farm animals is often done with little public awareness or input.

Gene-Hacking Mosquitoes to Be Infertile Backfired Spectacularly

On its surface, the plan was simple: gene-hack mosquitoes so their offspring immediately die, mix them with disease-spreading bugs in the wild, and watch the population drop off. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite pan out.

The genetically-altered mosquitoes did mix with the wild population, and for a brief period the number of mosquitoes in Jacobino, Brazil did plummet, according to research published in Nature Scientific Reports last week. But 18 months later the population bounced right back up, New Atlas reports — and even worse, the new genetic hybrids may be even more resilient to future attempts to quell their numbers.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Thrive in Brazil, to Researchers’ Surprise

Mosquitoes around the world are known carriers of dangerous and potentially deadly human diseases such as West Nile virus, yellow fever, dengue, malaria, and Zika. In recent years as scientists have moved away from the hazardous insecticides of the past, their focus has turned to genetic modification as a more effective and less harmful way to control mosquito populations. But new results published in Scientific Reports by Yale researchers show that this new plan of attack is not without its bugs — literally.

Transgenic Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Transfer Genes into a Natural Population

In an attempt to control the mosquito-borne diseases yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika fevers, a strain of transgenically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes containing a dominant lethal gene has been developed by a commercial company, Oxitec Ltd. If lethality is complete, releasing this strain should only reduce population size and not affect the genetics of the target populations. Approximately 450 thousand males of this strain were released each week for 27 months in Jacobina, Bahia, Brazil. We genotyped the release strain and the target Jacobina population before releases began for >21,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Genetic sampling from the target population six, 12, and 27–30 months after releases commenced provides clear evidence that portions of the transgenic strain genome have been incorporated into the target population. Evidently, rare viable hybrid offspring between the release strain and the Jacobina population are sufficiently robust to be able to reproduce in nature. The release strain was developed using a strain originally from Cuba, then outcrossed to a Mexican population. Thus, Jacobina Ae. aegypti are now a mix of three populations. It is unclear how this may affect disease transmission or affect other efforts to control these dangerous vectors. These results highlight the importance of having in place a genetic monitoring program during such releases to detect un-anticipated outcomes.

Animal farm seeds
There is a lot of debate among small farmers as to what type of certifications to pursue. We have chosen to pursue Naturally Grown certification as opposed to Organic Certification for a number of reasons. We believe Naturally Grown certification provides the best framework for running a sustainable farm. It is an internationally recognized system that very closely parallels certified organic regulations. While Certified Organic is a great aspiration, it is more appropriately suited for a large scale farm operation. Our end goal is to sell locally to local people and in order to accomplish that, Naturally Grown certification suits our needs. Finally, we love the peer to peer connection that Naturally Grown certification provides. Certified Naturally Grown farmers are required to visit and assess the farms of other local CNG farmers. This provides opportunity for an exchange of knowledge and practices that can be invaluable to an operation’s success.

Seeds and stems farm

Small-scale, naturally grown farm in Winterville, Georgia growing cut flowers, fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs

our mission

Seeds and Stems Farm produces naturally grown vegetables, fruit and cut flowers, as well as live plants, while preserving the integrity of the natural environment in which we grow, and providing superior products at reasonable prices so that they may be available to all members of the northeast Georgia community.

our practices

Farming in Georgia is a particularly unique experience that offers many benefits and some challenges. Our Piedmont soil is very old and very eroded which leaves a low pH level and a high level of clay. This is not a favorite combination for a lot of plant species. Growing here takes practice and patience and plenty of trial and error. However growing seasons here are very long compared to many other regions and it is possible to grow all year.

On our Farm we use minimum tillage, varied cover cropping, and we rotate our plots to maximize soil health. We use drip and other micro irrigation systems for ideal water efficiency. Our fertilizers are all plant or animal derived and we compost our field waste and animal waste. We use straw and plastic mulch to maximize water uptake and retention and to minimize weeds and erosion.

our certification

There is a lot of debate among small farmers as to what type of certifications to pursue. We have chosen to pursue Naturally Grown certification as opposed to Organic Certification for a number of reasons. We believe Naturally Grown certification provides the best framework for running a sustainable farm. It is an internationally recognized system that very closely parallels certified organic regulations. While Certified Organic is a great aspiration, it is more appropriately suited for a large scale farm operation. Our end goal is to sell locally to local people and in order to accomplish that, Naturally Grown certification suits our needs. Finally, we love the peer to peer connection that Naturally Grown certification provides. Certified Naturally Grown farmers are required to visit and assess the farms of other local CNG farmers. This provides opportunity for an exchange of knowledge and practices that can be invaluable to an operation’s success.

Thank you for your interest in our operation! We love our jobs and and are so happy to be able to share what we do with our community. For us, farming is a job that is varied and interesting on a daily basis. It is a profession that rewards effort and investment both immediately and over time. We are able to work outside every day and continually expand our expertise and in turn our goals.