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La questione sementi : Organic Seed Alliance - State of organic seeds 2016
Posted by riccardofr on 2016/8/2 18:12:27 (165 reads)


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  Advancing the ethical development and stewardship 

  of the genetic resources of agricultural seed



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Organic food should begin with organic seed. Right now most organic farmers rely on seed that isn't organic. But that's changing, for the good.




State of Organic Seed is a project of Organic Seed Alliance that monitors the status of organic seed in the US and provides a roadmap for increasing the diversity, quality, and integrity of organic seed available.




Organic farmers produce food differently, and that means they need different seed for the crops they grow: seed developed to thrive without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and adapted to their local climate and soil conditions.

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Beyond meeting the seed needs of farmers, growing more organic seed has environmental and other benefits that will lead to a healthier people and planet.


State of Organic Seed, 2016 provides the first five-year update to our findings and recommendations. The analysis helps the organic community and seed industry identify gaps, barriers, and solutions to ensure that farmers have the organic seed they need to successfully fulfill the growing demand for organic food.


We're excited about the roadmap before us and proud to be part of an organic seed community that is growing in diversity and scale every day.



   









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Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. We accomplish our mission through collaborative research, education, and advocacy programs that closely engage organic farmers and other seed professionals.   



©2001 - 2016 Organic Seed Alliance












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La questione sementi : Nuova legge francese sulla biodiversità, un percorso incompiuto
Posted by riccardofr on 2016/8/2 18:10:00 (84 reads)

Dopo più di due anni di dibattito il Parlamento Francese ha adottato lo scorso 20 luglio una Legge sulla biodiversità, resasi necessaria per l'applicazione in Francia del protocollo di Nagoya. Il Governo aveva deciso di non sottoporre le questioni relative alla biodiversità agricola al dibattito pubblico rinviandole a futuri decreti. Allertati dalla mobilitazione della società civile riguardo alle proposte sulla nuova legge, grazie al lavoro collettivo di “Seminiamo la diversità”, i parlamentari hanno tuttavia legiferato di loro iniziativa per cercare di correggere tre scandali inaccettabili: i) i brevetti sui caratteri “nativi” di piante e animali, ii) l'interdizione o divieto di diffondere sementi contadine e tradizionali, iii) la tossicità dei pesticidi neonicotinoidi.


Disgraziatamente non concluso il percorso intrapreso sul quale, quindi, dovranno tornare.


scarica il comunicato completo di Reseau Semences Paysannes [in francese]


scarica il comunicato completo di Reseau Semences Paysannes [in inglese]

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Attività : DIVERSIFOOD High quality food systems - Newsletter #3
Posted by riccardofr on 2016/8/1 16:00:20 (141 reads)





DIVERSIFOOD Newsletter #3



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DIVERSIFOOD hands-on


Summer is a busy season for agriculture, and DIVERSIFOOD followed the mood. Many farm days and trainings in the field were organized in different countries, summing up the first results of the project. 







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DIVERSIFOOD in PILLS



What is DIVERSIFOOD all about? Who are the actors involved? And what are the challenges we are facing to promote a new way of thinking agriculture? Find it out watching the “DIVERSIFOOD in pills” video interviews.

 





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DIVERSIFOOD in PILLS




What is DIVERSIFOOD



DIVERSIFOOD is a European project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme. The project main goal is enriching the diversity of cultivated plants through a multi-actor approach.

By integrating existing experienced networks and using specific and relevant cases across Europe, the project will strengthen food culture to improve economic viability of local chains resulting in a greater diversity of produce with a cultural identity.
 
This DIVERSIFOOD newsletter aims to inform about the project development and results. It will be published twice a year.  
 

Learn more about the project

Download the DIVERSIFOOD brochure









 DIVERSIFOOD recent events


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HUNGARY: ENABLING CROP BIODIVERSITY ON THE MARKET



 

Arche Noah (Austria) organized a workshop in Budapest at the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary on June 7th 2016 to discuss and try out different methods for the selection of good fruit quality in breeding populations. The overall goal was to bring together different perspectives, including the DIVERSIFOOD project experience. Policy makers, scientists, farmers, food producers, authorities and NGOs were involved.

FRANCE: TRAINING ON PPB

RSP (France) organized three training sessions on Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB). The sessions were held on February 2nd 2016 in Poitiers; on March 21st 2016 in Tours; and in May 31st 2016 in Bellegarde du Razès. These training sessions aimed to present the methodology of Participatory Plant Breeding to new groups willing to start a PPB programme, with a specific focus on cereals and tomatoes.
The third training session (May 31st) was co-organized and hosted by ITAB. 
JL. Brault, a French organic seed producer, initiated the twenty participants into practicing pollination for controlled crosses of tomato varieties. A controlled cross entails was made, emasculating immature flowers by removing the male structures of the chosen female parent (pollen acceptor) and collecting and transferring pollen from mature flowers of the chosen male parent (pollen donor).  
Pierre Rivière (RSP) presented the theoretical basis of dynamic management of cultivated biodiversity and new diversity generation. The discussions highlighted the diversity of the various breeding objectives among the involved actors. 
“Promoting the resistance to fruit cracking in variety X” or “Improving tomato flavour of variety Y”: these were two of the main common problems highlighted, but there was no share consensus on the proposed solutions. During 2016 summer, everyone has been invited to perform their desired controlled crosses and to record their procedure to ensure traceability. The group will meet again in late august. 


ITALY: WHEAT BIODIVERSITY 

The University of Bologna (Italy) organized a training session on May 31st 2016 in Argelato (BO). The goal was to spread the knowledge about participative breeding and similar approaches for the selection of durum and soft wheat new varieties across rural community (farmers, green operators, students). A discussion about the adaptation of these new varieties to organic farming was held, with a particular emphasis on their potential beneficial health effect for human nutrition. Approximately 40 people attended the meeting. The participation was really interactive and the speakers were stimulated to explain the different issues at great detail. 

SPAIN: VEGETABLES

In Spain the Red Andaluza de Semillas (RAS) organized many public events on participatory description of local varieties: 3 trainings, 3 stakeholders forum and 9 share shops were held in various parts of Andalusia. In particular, the trainings focused on a crucial need raised in different occasions, including the Network of Farmers Researchers: increasing technical knowledge in the production of vegetable seed. These important sharing occasions were organized on April 4th in Arahal (Sevilla), on May 7th-8th in Ronda (Málaga) and on May 13rd-14th Porreres (Mallorca). The training activities reached their goals and raised great interest among the participants. 

ONLINE TRAINING 

The University of Pisa (Italy) organized a DIVERSIFOOD online training on July 1st 2016. The training aimed at familiarising partners with the methodology for case studies implementation defined by UNIPI as well as at adapting the methodology to case-specific needs.










 DIVERSIFOOD forthcoming events


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FINLAND: BUCKWHEAT TRIALS




A farm day will be organized on August 18th 2016 in Jokioinen, Finland, to show DIVERSIFOOD field experiments and to discuss on buckwheat cultivation, yield improvements, upgrading food products, health aspects, sustainability. The aim is to put together farmers and consumers, in order to improve networking and discussion on the different challenges and possibilities.
 

AUSTRIA: TOMATO DIVERSITY



In spring 2016 seeds of almost all 600 tomato accessions from the ARCHE NOAH (Austria) seed bank were sent to home gardeners. The fruits of this work will be seen in Wien on September 3rd 2016: within the public event Vielfalt auftafeln home gardeners, seed savers and consumers will gather to compare the diversity of grown plants. It will be an opportunity to enjoy tomato diversity with direct experience, and through parallel lectures and workshops on agrobiodiversity.
 













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Food systems & quality
 



Cultivated biodiversity





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Participatory Plant Breeding
 



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Attività : CERERE, un progetto europeo sulla formazione di reti tematiche
Posted by riccardofr on 2016/8/1 15:08:11 (103 reads)

CERERE - Rinascimento dei cereali in Europa: incorporare la diversità nei sistemi alimentari da agricoltura biologica e a basso input

Grazie alla creazione di una solida rete multi-attore tra le comunità di pratica ed i ricercatori, il progetto CERERE si propone di convalidare, condividere e presentare le migliori pratiche esistenti sull'agrobiodiversità dei cereali e sulla qualità degli alimenti integrandole con i risultati della ricerca.


CERERE affronterà le necessità più urgenti nella coltivazione dei cereali in biologico e a basso input: rotazioni, fertilità del suolo, competitività con le infestanti, protezione fitosanitaria delle colture, disponibilità di varietà adattate, tecniche di lavorazione con lo scopo di (i) migliorare lo sviluppo economico e la sostenibilità sociale ed ambientale del settore agricolo, (ii) rafforzare i legami tra gli attori della filiera rendendo il settore più competitivo (ad esempio, la produzione di prodotti di alta qualità).


Sono partner del progetto le reti sulla biodiversità agricola (Rete Semi Rurali, Réseau Semences Paysannes, Red Andaluza de Semillas, SEGES), 4 università europee (Reading/UK, Firenze/IT, Helsinki/FI, Debrecen/HU), 3 istituti di ricerca (INRA, ITAB, ORC, TEAGASC) e Formicablu per la comunicazione scientifica.


Il progetto durerà 3 anni e tra le attività vi sarà l'organizzazione di due forum europei Let's Liberate Diversity! e di incontri nazionali sulla formula di Coltiviamo La diversità! quale occasione di incontro tra agricoltori, panettieri, fornai, mugnai, ricercatori e consumatori delle nuove filiere cerealicole europee. Il progetto avrà inoltre tra i suoi obiettivi il supporto alla formazione di Gruppi Operativi.

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La questione sementi : Il MiPAAF istituisce Gruppo di lavoro permanente per la protezione delle piante
Posted by riccardofr on 2016/8/1 11:07:13 (102 reads)

Con il Decreto del Ministro 30/06/20162015, n. 17713, relativo all'istituzione dell'organo collegiale denominato "Gruppo di lavoro permanente per la protezione delle piante". Richiesta designazione componenti


il MiPAAF con tale strumento ridefinisce il quadro delle commissioni che in sede ministriale sono state consultate fino ad oggi su molti temi di nostro interesse a partire dalle sementi.


Rete Semi Rurali, con un suo rappresentante, è invitata a partecipare alla Sezione Sementi del  Gruppo di Lavoro Permanente (art. 3).



Decreto Ministeriale n. 17713

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