At the organic fair in Nuremberg form 14 – 17 February LIVESEED organises a workshop on organic seed use: Thursday 15th February 11 – 11.45h; Room Budapest. The workshop will be co-organised by IFOAM EU (Eric Gall) and Bionext (Maaike Raaijmakers). The workshop presents diverse situations regarding organic seed use and policy in EU countries which has been analysed. The focus will be on regions where shortcomings have been identified in the organic breeding and seed sector. Speakers from Hungary (Dóra Drexler, ÖMKi), Spain (Álvaro Barrera Fernández, Ecovalia) and Greece (Kostas Koutis, Aegilops) will present their view on how to
19-21 February 2018 – University of Kassel, Witzenhausen, Germany Various national and international projects aim at exploiting the benefits of species mixtures to design productive, diversified, resilient and environmentally friendly agro-ecological cropping systems less dependent on external inputs than current systems and acceptable to farmers and actors in the agri-food chain. Inter- or intra-species diversity can enhance water and nutrient use efficiency and improve the control of pests, diseases and weeds, while increasing crop productivity and resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses, including those triggered by climate change. Species mixtures can lead to reduced use of fossil energy and chemical
Establishing alternatives to seed monopolies 19 October 2017, Brussels – Market concentration in the seed sector is growing incessantly. Demanding better seed policies is not enough to stop this trend. Strategies and practical alternatives to counter further privatising and monopolisation of seed are needed to save the basis of our food system. Speakers and participants of the conference “Seed as Commons” have introduced and discussed such strategies today in Brussels. Johannes Wirz, Researcher, Section for Agriculture – Goetheanum, Switzerland, presented the newly released study ‘Seeds a Commons’ explaining that non-profit organic breeders have the expert knowledge to develop locally adapted
Experts from LIVESEED Project had visit to Baltic States from 5th to 12th September, 2017 and met authorities dealing with organic farming. The aim of the meetings was enquiring the situation on implementation of regulations on organic seed and to clarify how the data on produced seed are managed and used. During the visit organic farmers were interviewed with the aim to get to know what motivates farmers to use organic seed. Project experts thank all persons who supported the visit, provided the information and shared their expertise – authorities from the Ministries of Agriculture, people responsible for seed data
The LIVESEED project has new Facebook page. Visit it on https://www.facebook.com/LIVESEEDeu.The project also has a new Twitter account, follow it @LIVESEEDeu. Like and share the project page, and communicate about the project on social media with #LIVESEED.
1 June 2017 marked the official start of the LIVESEED project. During the kick-off meeting from 19 to 21 June in Leuven all partners gathered to discuss the activities of the first year and how we reach our goal aiming for 100% organic seed by 2037. Main activities in the upcoming months will be state-of the art research on organic seed health, seed availability and derogations in the EU member states.