A Call for Community-Based Seed Diversity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 is pushing America’s seed diversity and sovereignty to a crisis point — and how we respond could affect our food security and even national security for years to come, writes Gary Paul Nabhan.

India’s ‘Seed Warrior’ Builds Living Seed Banks to Preserve Agricultural Diversity

India’s ‘Seed Warrior’ Debal Deb has preserved 1,410 rare and folk varieties of rice to save them from extinction, promote food sovereignty, and fight corporate control of seeds.

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.

Free the Seed: An Open Source Approach to Food Crop Seed

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.