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Joint Letter to the European Commission: A Common Vision for Cultivated Plant Diversity

23 April 2021

The existing rules for the production and marketing of seeds favour uniformity and short-term productivity at the expense of cultivated plant diversity, the environment, and the diversity of actors developing seeds and making them available. They neglect the right to seeds grounded in international law, in particular the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), and divide actors into artificial categories of “users” and “producers” of seeds. The conservation, sustainable use, and dynamic management of cultivated plant diversity in gardens and in fields can go hand in hand.

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