Many libraries now host seed lending libraries – a great way to share seeds and keep the seed diversity and food security. But many states now have laws that are shutting down seed lending libraries! These laws were created to protect farmers from unscrupulous seed dealers who might otherwise sell seed that was not as labelled but are being applied to these (library) voluntary seed exchanges as if they were commercial businesses.
The national Save Seed Sharing Campaign, 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. The proposed amendment will ask that seed libraries be exempt from commercial seed law and be allowed to share locally saved seeds.
Please consider signing this petition in support of seed libraries and sharing the link with others.