Save Seed Sharing Campaign
In 5 days, the Agricultural Committee of the California Assembly will debate whether to pass our bill, AB 1810 (Levine), the Seed Exchange Democracy Act. The bill clarifies that state law shouldn't treat seed libraries and exchanges the same way it treats commercial seed companies. Specifically, the bill exempts seed sharing activities from the testing, labeling, and record keeping requirements of the state seed law.
Over the past 3 months, we've advocated, communicated, and educated legislators and their staff about the important role that seed libraries, seed exchanges, and seed swaps play in promoting a stronger, more resilient, seed system. Increasing the number of varieties of seeds, promoting local food production, and preserving cultural heritage and traditions are just some of the ways in which seed sharing activities create more resilient communities. The law should make it easier, not more difficult, for communities to realize these benefits!
To ensure the continued growth of these responsible community institutions that are stewards of our seed commons, we need your help to convince the committee that AB 1810 is a bill worth voting into law when they have their hearing on Wednesday, March 30th.
On Monday, March 28th, can you take 5 minutes out of your day to make a phone call to speak up in support of seed democracy?
Here's what you do.
If you live in one of the following Assemblymember's district, call them. If not, then call the Chair of the Committee, Assemblymember Bill Dodd. Click here to find out who your state representatives are.