The People’s Seed

An alternative to the corporate model of seed ownership.

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Plant Breeder Spotlight: Dr. Michael Mazourek

When Dr. Michael Mazourek transitioned from focusing on the pharmaceutical side of human health into the field of plant breeding, he found the Northeast neglected by the seed industry. An area once home to a great amount of plant breeding projects had been largely abandoned as markets shifted to California and the seed companies underwent great consolidation in the 1990s. The few large remaining companies bred plants for major production regions first and only then… Read more

Why The People’s Seed?

Seeds are the foundation of our food supply and hold enormous potential for a thriving food and farming system for all

Farmers lack access to seeds that grow best in their local area, which prevents their success and requires more pest and disease management

Corporate ownership of seeds blocks access to scientific freedom for improving plant varieties that benefit everyone

A new model and funding system for a fair and open seed industry is needed to ensure a sustainable, climate adapted food system for the future

We support and fund plant breeders developing regionally adapted organic plant varieties and open source seed banks.

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