About Seeds and Breeds:
The federal government has largely stopped funding classical breeding efforts at State land grant institutions to develop public cultivars, and has largely shifted agricultural germplasm research toward only patented varieties that prevent farmers from saving seeds. Yet one of the basic building blocks of any successful agricultural system - conventional or organic - is farmer access to seeds and breeds that are well adapted to local conditions, soils and climates. NOC advocates to make classical plant and animal breeding a priority within the USDA research apparatus.
October 27, 2015
Sign-on Letter from Members of Senate Expressing Support for Classical Plant and Animal Breeding and Need for NIFA to Invest
October 31, 2014
Proceedings of 2014 Summit on Seeds and Breeds for the 21st Century Agriculture
July 16, 2014
Sign-on letter to Congresswoman Delbene requesting action to halt a plan that would diminish the research capacity at a Prosser, WA, research unit currently operated by the Agriculture Research
Service (ARS) and Washington State University.
Articles on Genetic Engineering in Seeds
Monsanto's Growing Monopoly-by Kristina Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance
5 Reasons To Be Thankful for Organic Seeds
Seeds and Breeds Documents