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:

 

"Free the Seeds" (In Good Tilth, 2014)

"Organic Seed for Our Future" (Certified Organic, 2013)

"Discovery of Genetically Modified Wheat in Oregon Highlights Regulatory Failures" (Oregonian, 2013)

"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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“Seeds are all about the next generation, which is exactly what organic is about. The work of OSA is crucial to the future of food and life.”

 

Atina Diffley

Organic Farming Works

Farmington, Minnesota