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How Swiss Group Pro Specie Rara Preserves and Shares Endangered Seeds

How Swiss Group Pro Specie Rara Preserves and Shares Endangered Seeds

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Pro Specie Rara is a Swiss organization dedicated to preserving rare and endangered varieties of crops and farm animals. They have formed a network of people who raise animals or grow plants and share their seeds. I met Béla Bartha, executive director of Pro Specie Rara , in Rotterdam at a conference hosted by TRANSIT , an international research project on transformative social innovation, which had invited representatives of a variety of movements to its final conference. After learning about some of the ways patents are used to threaten seed sharing , I spoke with Bartha about the organization’s seed sharing work.

Wolfgang Höschele, Shareable: What kinds of people are involved as seed cultivators in your network?

Béla Bartha, executive director of Pro Specie Rara: There’s everything from trained gardeners to total beginners. If somebody is interested, we give them a practice set and instructions. We send them […]

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