Open Solutions for Seeds
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Identifying - legal and technical - obstacles and solutions to produce, sow, resow, share and distribute seeds (heirloom, public domain, opensource, etc).
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Free Seeds, Not Free Beer: Participatory Plant Breeding, Open Source Seeds, and Acknowledging User Innovation in Agriculture by Keith Aoki :: SSRN

Free Seeds, Not Free Beer: Participatory Plant Breeding, Open Source Seeds, and Acknowledging User Innovation in Agriculture by Keith Aoki :: SSRN | Open Solutions for Seeds | Scoop.it
This essay discusses the expansion of intellectual property rights in plants, plant tissues and genetic sequences in plants and problems this poses for global f
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Excellent paper by the great Keith Aoki

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The Right to Save Seed | 5 minutes pour comprendre la “folle” histoire des semences

The Right to Save Seed | 5 minutes pour comprendre la “folle” histoire des semences | Open Solutions for Seeds | Scoop.it
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When potatoes start talking about seed legal issues to raise public awareness, this is what it looks like (In EN and FR):
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Olivier Perrin's curator insight, October 1, 2013 5:07 PM

Insrtuctif et pédagogique... Bravo à Shabnan Anvar.

Likεn's curator insight, October 2, 2013 7:50 AM

Les semences brevetées, comment ça marche ? 5 minutes pour le comprendre en vidéo. En anglais, sous-titres français.

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Semences et Droit: L'emprise d'un modèle économique dominant sur une réglementation sectorielle

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Le doctrat en droit de Shabnam Anvar en libre accès.

Les modèles économiques de la « filière semence » sont pluriels. Mais la réglementation ne prend en compte que l'un d'entre eux. Ses règles techniques sont dirigistes, répondent à la spécificité des variétés commerciales conçues pour la seule agriculture productiviste et entravent les pratiques caractéristiques des modèles économiques parallèles.
Cette thèse a pour objet d'aider à la compréhension de cette réglementation mal connue, de son élaboration, de sa mise en œuvre, de ses contraintes et de ses conséquences, ce qui clarifie le contexte juridique de la filière. D'autre part, elle montre que toutes les règles envisagées ou élaborées par le pouvoir réglementaire sont façonnées par les acteurs économiques et institutionnels du modèle dominant selon leurs intérêts propres et portent préjudice aux autres modèles. Or, il est possible qu'une autre réglementation puisse être élaborée, qui garantisse la pluralité, la viabilité et la spécificité de chacun des modèles concurrents.

 

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The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray | Open Solutions for Seeds | Scoop.it
In this enchanting narrative—part memoir, part botany primer, part political manifesto—Ray, author of the acclaimed Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, and lately returning to her childhood obsession with...
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Open Source Seeds Licence : une licence pour libérer les semences

Open Source Seeds Licence : une licence pour libérer les semences | Open Solutions for Seeds | Scoop.it
Les principes de l'Open Source s'étaient déjà propagés à des domaines relativement éloignés du logiciel, comme celui de l'Open Hardware ou de l'Open Design. Mais le projet Open Source Seeds propose...
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3 manières de soutenir « légalement » les semences libres | Kaizen magazine

3 manières de soutenir « légalement » les semences libres | Kaizen magazine | Open Solutions for Seeds | Scoop.it
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Inforgraphie et article pour mieux comprendre le droit des semences et pouvoir agir.

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Iran : les paysans s’organisent contre la privatisation des semences

Iran : les paysans s’organisent contre la privatisation des semences | Open Solutions for Seeds | Scoop.it
Plus de la moitié des paysans du monde produisent leurs semences. Parmi eux, le paysan iranien Abdol Reza Biglari. Issu d’une famille d’agriculteurs, il a mené en parallèle les métiers d’éleveur, d’arboriculteur et de professeur des écoles.
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Farm saved seed saves bad seed production year

"EU farmers also expect lower yield potentials due to the winter kill this year and the lack of available certified seed varieties. This demonstrates the need for farmers to able to use their own farm saved seed to respond better to the demand”."

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EW COPA-COGECA EU-27 CEREALS ESTIMATES FOR 2013/4 SHOW STABLE PRODUCTION DESPITE BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS AND CONTINUED CONCERN OVER LACK OF SEED AVAILABILITY

 Copa-Cogeca released new EU-27 cereals estimates for the 2013/14 marketing year today, showing EU grain production is estimated to be quite stable this year reaching 286.6 million tonnes, despite the catastrophic weather conditions. But the harvest is expected to be delayed due to the poor conditions which could cause serious supply shortages for a limited period. Also there are serious uncertainties about the quality of the crop and yield due to the adverse weather conditions during the whole cropping period.. The issue was discussed in Copa-Cogeca cereals working party. Speaking after the meeting,Chairman of the group Max Schulman from Finland stressed “The figures show that EU-27 grain production is expected to climb by 4.6% to 286.6 mt from 274 mt whilst soft production will rise by 3.2% and barley production 4.4% (see figures attached). But sowing conditions were very difficult this year which affect the quality of the crops and yields. Many delegates at the meeting complained of poor weather conditions like floods and drought. Also the harvest is likely to be delayed by 1 to 2 weeks which could cause serious shortages for a limited period. .EU farmers also expect lower yield potentials due to the winter kill this year and the lack of available certified seed varieties. This demonstrates the need for farmers to able to use their own farm saved seed to respond better to the demand”. Copa-Cogeca meanwhile welcomes the compromise agreement reached  on the EU Commission proposal for futures markets and regulation of the agri-commodities futures markets (Mifid). Farmers need this tool to help hedge against risks on volatile markets. Additional delivery points for disposing of grain are also needed on future markets so that more farmers have more a choice and availability .  
Press OfficerCopa­-CogecaWWW.copa-cogeca.eu

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