UN Backs Seed Sovereignty in Landmark Peasants’ Rights Declaration

The Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas, which was the product of some 17 years of diplomatic work led by the international peasant alliance La Via Campesina, formally extends human rights protections to farmers whose “seed sovereignty” is threatened by government and corporate practices.

Taking Back Ownership of Our Crop Genetic Resources

Inspired by the free and open source software movement that has provided alternatives to proprietary software, the Open Source Seed Initiative was created to ‘free the seed’—to make sure that at least some crop genetic diversity cannot be locked away from use by intellectual property rights.