Seed Digest (April 2 – 15, 2011)

Confronting Concentration The concentration of market power in a seed industry dominated by chemical and biotechnology interests has become a major risk to the development of organic seed systems and the ethical management of plant genetic resources.

NOSB Meeting in Seattle Next Week
The National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) recommendations matter! And so do yours, which is why you should note the public comment portions of the meeting agenda (opens PDF). For talking points on the issues included in this agenda, read the National Organic Coalition’s comments (opens PDF).

Cornell Breeders, Farmers Bring Resistant Varieties to Market Learn about new varieties Cornell University breeders are bringing to the marketplace for organic systems.

OSA Receives Funds for Participatory Plant Breeding Toolkit As part of the Seed Matters initiative, the Organic Farming Research Foundation announced over $12,000 in funding for OSA to develop a participatory plant breeding toolkit.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Mother Earth News Fair (Seattle, WA) June 4 – 5, 2011

Organic Seed Growers Conference (Port Townsend, WA) January 19 – 21, 2012

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