Center for Food Safety is celebrating International Seeds Day with the launch of our free, peer-to-peer online network for people to share rare and heirloom seeds. The Global Seed Network (GSN) will empower farmers and home gardeners alike to sustain diverse seed and plant varieties in the face of corporate control of the food supply and a changing climate.
Why is the Global Seed Network so important? Seed diversity is indispensable to food security, food sovereignty, adapting to a changing climate, and preserving cultural and ancestral knowledge. However, right now the vast majority of seeds in the U.S. are controlled by a handful of chemical corporations – including Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, DuPont, and Syngenta – who now own more than 60 percent of the world’s seed supply. Even more threatening, these same companies are now planning corporate mergers, creating an even greater monopoly in the seed and agrichemical industry.
Saving, growing, and sharing seeds is critical to ensuring food security for future generations. That’s why we created the Global Seed Network – to connect and unite seed savers and breeders to protect seed sovereignty and biodiversity.
The GSN will be the “Airbnb meets Match.com” of the independent seed saving movement, allowing users to create a profile and search for seeds based on climate region, plant variety, location, or specific crop traits. The site also includes a range of resources like detailed instructions on how to save seeds, announcements about local seed sharing events, a school curriculum, and an online community forum for users to exchange ideas.
Celebrate International Seeds Day with CFS by joining and helping us grow the Global Seed Network to take back control of the world’s seed diversity and our food supply. The time is now to reclaim our seeds and create a people’s seed movement!