Local regulators in the US are starting to apply laws meant for big, corporate seed producers to the approximately 300 community seed libraries in the US. Unless regulators are stopped soon, these seed libraries may be quickly regulated out of existence. State regulators are copying one another and, unfortunately, this trend is gaining momentum.
- Educate stakeholders about how seed laws apply to seed sharing through seed libraries.
- Build public awareness and grassroots support for seed libraries.
- Empower local stakeholders to engage in policy advocacy to support seed sharing.
- Remove legal barriers to seed sharing through seed libraries.
- Support seed libraries that face regulation under seed laws.
- Research and publish analysis of 50 state seed laws.
- Create an online petition campaign directed to state agriculture departments to raise awareness and support for changing seed laws as they apply to seed libraries.
- Publish articles and engage with the media on issues related to seed sharing.
- Organize state coalitions of the seed advocates to work on policy changes to support seed libraries.
- Create policy recommendations, including sample legislation, for changing seed laws to create clear legal space for seed libraries and seed sharing.
- Create legal resources and offer legal advice to seed libraries who face regulation under state seed laws.
- Offer educational materials on how seed laws apply to seed sharing.
- Attend meetings with regulators to negotiate alternatives to regulating seed libraries under seed laws.
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