Our advocacy promotes policies and actions that support the growth and success of organic seed systems. We advocate for farmer and breeder rights. The issues we address include concentrated ownership of seed, restrictive intellectual property practices, and the challenges genetic engineering poses to seed integrity. We also raise awareness of the benefits of organic seed.

 

We engage in policy actions, discussions, and research at the national level. This includes convening diverse members of the organic community to identify and address barriers to organic seed system development. We respond to timely needs, from developing web-based resources and tools (see Organic Seed Finder) to conducting surveys, writing reports (see State of Organic Seed), and providing public comments to influence agency and congressional decisions. Organic Seed Alliance is a member of the National Organic Coalition.

 

We communicate regularly to a growing network of seed stakeholders through social media (see Seed Broadcast) and our quarterly newsletter. Our  Farmer Seed Stewardship initiative recognizes farmers as seed innovators. We work to promote and protect this role.

 

Advocacy articles:

 

"Monsanto's Growing Monopoly" (Salon.com, 2013)

"Remembering the 'People's Department' (Tilth Producers Quarterly, 2012)

"Speak Your Piece: The President and Seed" (Daily Yonder, 2011)

"Who'll Own Your Seed?" (Daily Yonder, 2011)

"Charting a Course for Seed Self-Determination" (Organic Farming Research Foundation, 2011)

"Seed Fellows Talking Shop" (In Good Tilth, 2009)

"Monsanto Buys Seminis" (NewFarm, 2005)

"The Next Great Challenge: Breeding Seed for Organic Systems" (Organic Farming Research Foundation, 2004)

 

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“No other organization’s efforts match the work of Organic Seed Alliance. Their research, advocacy, education, and support have had consistent, positive impacts on my organic seed farm.”

 

Beth Rasgorshek

Canyon Bounty Farm

Nampa, Idaho