Listed below are a number of organisations involved in open pollinated plant breeding and seed production, heirloom and landrace variety preservation and use, public information dissemination and participation towards safeguarding crop-biodiversity.
University of Birmingham, school of Biosciences (UK). Inventory of UK landraces.
The UK’s heritage seed library work to safeguard rare vegetable varieties that were once the mainstream of British gardens.
UK seed swaps take place around the country every year.
The campaign to protect our seeds stretches around the world, but it has its roots in your garden. By growing open-pollinated varieties, then saving and swapping the seeds, growers can keep alive ‘outlawed’ varieties, conserve biodiversity and limit corporate control of the basis of life.
The Organic research Centre, Elm Farm. UK
The European Consortium for Ecological Plant Breeding.
Kultursaat. ( Cultural seeds.) Open pollinated plant breeding and seed production.
International advice and research on sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health care.
Stop patents on plants and animals! The organisations behind No Patents On Seeds are especially concerned about increasing number of patents on plants, seeds and farm animals and their impact on farmers, breeders, innovation and biodiversity.
Sowing the future for a GMO- free Agriculture. Follow your Country’s link to find out what is happening near you.
Sowing the Future – Harvesting Diversity.
European Seed Campaign.
The Let’s Liberate Diversity! forums are the annual gatherings of farmers’ organisations and associations working on agricultural biodiversity in Europe.
GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.
SPECIAL: BIODIVERSITY FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
Crop Genetic Resources
Seed Information Literature
The Seed Savers’ Handbook, By Jeremy Cherfas, Michel & Jude Fanton
Grovers Books UK. ISBN 1-899233-01-6…1996. Price £ 12.95
Seed to Seed, By Suzanne Ashworth
Seed Saver Publications. ISBN 0-9613977-7-2 Price $ 20.00
Back Garden Seed Saving, Keeping Our Vegetable Heritage Alive, By Sue stickland
eco-logic books, Bristol. ISBN 1 899233 09 1
Vegetable Seed Production, By Raymond A. T. George
Longman Scientific & Technical. ISBN 0-582-46090-5 Price £ 65.00
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, By Carol Deppe
Little, Brown & co. ( Canada ) Ltd . ISBN 0-316-18104-8 Price $ 23.95
Ask for new edition.