The Campaign for Seed-Sovereignty is an initiative of the European Civic Forum and the German „BUKO-Campaign against biopiracy“ and is connecting seed activists and farmers in Germany, Austria, France and Suisse. It is working together with like-minded organizations and individuals in these and other European countries.




















Campaign for Seed-Sovereignty

Seeds must remain part of the Commons!

More Information:
info [at]

Some 150.000 people are supporting our petition „Seed diversity under threat“

The petition is closed now, six months after launching it. This is due to the proceedings of the used petition platform „open petition“
The result of subscriptions:
95028 for the German petition
23080 for the Czech petition
  9460 for the English petition
  4300 for the Hungarian petition
  3552 for the Slovenian petition
  2904 for the Portuguese petition
  1984 for the Croatian petition
  1636 for the Romanian petition
  1634 for the Swedish/German petition
  1364 for the French petition
    982 for the Latvian petition
    963 for the Dutch petition
    644 for the Danish petition

and some others
All the subscribers supported our statement: The currently available texts for the new EU seed regulation will promote a concentration of the seed market into the hands of a small number of seed industry corporations. This is unacceptable. A new EU seed regulation must allow diversity varieties, varieties for small-scale farming and ecologically adapted breeding. Diverse varieties must be available not only in gene banks, but on the open market too, without any bureaucratic restrictions.“ The best way to allow diverse varieties on the open market is to make a shift from a compulsory system of registration and certification to a voluntary one.

Proposal of the EU commission for a regulation on seeds and other plant propagating material

Press release of “Arche Noah” on the proposal of the EU commission

The Latest in the Battle to Reform EU Seed Laws (2013-02-24)

ALERT: Bad new EU-seed law ahead!
The DG SANCO (Directorate General for Health and Consumers) of the EU-Commission is working on a revision of the EU Seed Laws, currently a series of directives interpreted under national law, to be replaced by a single regulation that will come into force directly in all the 27 EU member states without local interpretation. This would suit the needs of seed multinationals which want uniform laws in all their markets, but would harm the diverse structures of agriculture and the diverse use and production of seeds. If you want to act on behalf of seed-sovereignty, for farmers and seed-savers, you have to become active in the coming months!
Diversity under attack!
The current draft of the proposed regula­tion, from Nov. 2012, contains some draconian measures for farm-based production seeds, and diversity of plant varieties. Farmers as seed producers would be subject to the same obligations of registration and regula­tion as multina­tional seed company operators. Varieties of diver­sity and old varieties would be endanger­ed, and the free exchange of seeds and other propaga­tion material could effectively be forbidden. If varieties have to be registered and to pass extensive testing, this would put up unreasonably high barriers for farmers, consumers and the diversity in agriculture and horticulture.
The European Seed Association, lobby organisation of the seed multinationals, has two main aims. First to control the niche markets and make them unattractive, and second to register all producers of farm saved seed in order to collect royalties from them. They are also trying to combine the testing and evaluation for plant variety protection (PVP) and the licensing for marketing, and to privatize the entire process. This would hit the small companies and farmers, who would face increasing and unreasonable testing and evaluation costs, for each single variety of seed they wish to use.
What‘s next?
The current draft regulation was written by DG SANCO. Before it becomes an official proposal of the EU-Commission, DG AGRI (Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development) and the DG ENVI (Directorate General for the Environment) have to agree to it‘s contents. At the moment there are several points of disagreement.
This opens a window we should use to struggle for more diversity, for open pollinated varieties (versus ”hybrid” varieties), and for more diverse seeds in the hands of farmers, gardeners and seed savers.

Our demands for a new EU seed law:

No regulation of seed exchange by seed savers and farmers!

No mandatory registration or certification for open pollinated varieties!

No discrimination against organic varieties by standards for registra­tion, certification and plant health!

Transparency on breeding meth­ods and intellectual property rights (patents and/or plant variety protection) of registered varieties!

New definition of varieties: not only homogeneous and stable varieties, but also open pollinated, selected from populations!

No privatization of registration and certification!