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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Just say No To OP Seed Patents!

"One Seed At A Time is seeking out and collecting samples of the heirloom varieties that are currently being raised and banked by farmers and gardeners in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Tennessee, and banking these seeds both here in the Southeast and also at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah,
Iowa. They'll also be regularly growing out all of the collected varieties at least every five years to ensure their viability today and for generations to come.

One Seed At A Time will also be combating the patenting of our
heritage seeds by huge corporations. As you read this, the largest seed companies in the world are busy patenting all of the open-pollinated varieties of vegetables, flowers, and grains that they can. The major seed companies of the world have already patented thousands of open-pollinated varieties. As of now, the only way to keep a public variety from being patented by the largest seed dealers in the world is to document it and preserve a sample, as the One Seed At A Time project will do.

Seed saving organizations and foundations from around the country
have indicated they are interested in supporting this project, but for it to succeed, we also need support from folks like you. All donations to the project are tax-deductible. To make a donation, you can write a check to the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association with the words "Seed Bank" on the memo line or click here- . "

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