Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sign the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) right to save and share seeds!

Did you know that in the United States it is illegal to save and share seeds, even if you are doing it non-commercially?

Can you believe that! It's true.... Last year we saw the crush of this legal rhetoric threatening the shut-down of non-commericial, public seed libraries all over the country which serve backyard gardeners, community gardens, and open/free-source networks of seed savers and seed SHARING.

Please help change the laws by adding your name to the letter of support that will be presented at the annual Association of American Seed Control Officials’ (AASCO) meeting!

DO IT NOW! Time is running out.

Here is what you can do to help change the laws and ensure our legal right

The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) will be lobbying for an amendment to the Recommended Uniform State Seed Law (RUSSL)
which will be updated at the Association of American Seed Control
Officials’ (AASCO) annual meeting this July. AASCO is an organization
of seed regulatory officials from the United States and Canada. The
members meet annually to discuss mutual concerns of seed law
enforcement, to be updated on new developments in the seed
industry, and to update RUSSL, which the organization developed and
maintains as a “model” law for states and federal programs. This law
affects every seed library - and so we are asking every seed library to
support SELC’s proposed amendment, which will exempt non-
commercial seed sharing from the labeling and testing requirements
under the model law.

Help support SELC’s effort in amending RUSSL to exempt seed

If you represent a seed library, please complete this form to add
your name to the letter of support
that will be presented at the
upcoming AASCO conference. To read the full letter, click here.

If you do not represent a seed library but you still want to send in a
letter of support, please download the attached letter of support
template, fill it out, and send it to SELC intern Carolyn at Seed librarians, please share this letter of request with your allies in the food justice, climate action, food security and other relevant movements. We'll be presenting these letters at AASCO's July meeting. We'd love to get the letters by June 19th.

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