GMO 2.0 - can local food chains survive the threat of gene editing?

GMO 2.0 - can local food chains survive the threat of gene editing?

GMOs in food and farming have fallen off the public agenda. Potential deregulation of gene editing means we must get them back on.   CSA Network UK webinar: Wed, 23 June 2021 19:00 to 20:30 BST For many years now the issue of GMOs in food and farming has fallen off the public agenda in the UK. But with the recent government consultation on deregulating a new kind of genetic engineering called ‘gene editing’, there is an opportunity to look afresh at an experimental technology which ...

June in the organic/biodynamic garden

June in the organic/biodynamic garden

Can you believe it is June already? The very cold and slow start to the growing season means we are playing catch-up. The veg garden should be filling up - by the end of the month there should be little or no bare ground to be seen!

Lincolnshire Food Partnership visit Gosberton

Lincolnshire Food Partnership visit Gosberton

In May we had a visit from Laura Stratford who works with the Lincolnshire Food Partnership. We are very grateful to Laura and the Lincolnshire Food Partnership for permission to re-use the resultant blog in full. Why does seed sovereignty matter? Seed sovereignty is about growers being able to produce and have control of their seeds - by saving seed from the crops they grow, selecting the strongest and most suitable seeds for breeding, and exchanging seeds freely with others. Sounds simple, ...

‘Make Room for Seed’ webinar – recording now available!

‘Make Room for Seed’ webinar – recording now available!

Drawing on the experience of growers who have followed this path this webinar from the Seed Sovereignty Programme gives you the inside track on growing seeds as part of market gardening operation.

Join the Biodynamic Gardening Club and win the ultimate garden tool!

Join the Biodynamic Gardening Club and win the ultimate garden tool!

The Biodynamic Gardening Club is celebrating its 2nd birthday on June 16th and we're having an online party! Join before then for a chance to win an Orion copper spade worth £158!

Making Room For Seed - Seed Production in Market Gardens

Making Room For Seed - Seed Production in Market Gardens

Join the Seed Sovereignty Programme for a webinar on 26 May at 7pm to discuss the challenges and opportunities of integrating seed production for profit into existing commercial growing rotations.

Seed Co-op seeks new Directors

Seed Co-op seeks new Directors

We are seeking to appoint a Marketing and Communications Director and a Finance Director to join our Board.

Seed Ambassadors – Building an International Network to Advance Organic Seed Systems

Seed Ambassadors – Building an International Network to Advance Organic Seed Systems

The Organic World Congress will be an occasion for us to celebrate the diversity of culture, food, seed and methodologies. Join us at the pre-conference “Seed Ambassadors – Building an International Network to Advance Organic Seed Systems“, taking place on 6-7 September 2021 in Rennes, France. The pre-conference will be organised as a hybrid event with online & in-person sessions.

The State of Seed Survey - Farmers and Growers insight needed!

The State of Seed Survey - Farmers and Growers insight needed!

The Landworkers’ Alliance and The Gaia Foundation Seed Sovereignty Programme have joined forces to put together a survey on the State of Seed to better understand what commercial growers' and farmers' experiences are of accessing seed, in particular since the Covid pandemic and Brexit. If you are an organic or agroecological farmer or grower please do fill it out.

Seed Gathering

Seed Gathering

The Seed Sovereignty UK and Ireland Programme will be holding their first Seed Gathering, which will be taking place virtually on the 23rd and 24th of October! Please save the date! 

Seeds for the future

Seeds for the future

The pandemic has been a time of huge upheaval, but from that upheaval, new opportunities have arisen for growers writes Jason Horner of Leen Organics in Ireland in the Spring issue of the Organic Grower (journal of the Organic Growers Alliance).

Please repond to the gene editing consultation

Please repond to the gene editing consultation

A reminder that this important consultation on the future of gene editing in England will close at 23:59 on Wednesday 17th March. We encourage all supporters of the Seed Co-operative to make your voices heard. We believe that going down the GM road is the wrong direction of travel. We believe in the Principle of Care and the wholeness and integrity of living systems. Please look at the GM Freeze page for detailed information and how to respond, including quick responses, if you only have limi...