“Mankind needs good, healthy, organic and biodynamic seeds in order to meet major challenges such as healthy, independent nutrition, mental and physical resistance, and climate change. Traditional, open-pollinated seeds must be professionalized in order to make them usable for farmers who then make their many vital ingredients available to the consumers. Plants like legumes make it possible to bind nitrogen oxides and CO2 in the soil, loosen the soil, fertilize it, and provide food for humans and animals. All of this requires a lot of research and intensive plant breeding – also in the Mediterranean regions. This is why I support the non-profit association Living Seeds in its work to initialize and successfully implement breeding programs for our region."
"As a passionate organic cook, I know that good nutrition and healthy, tasty food does not raise from the plate. It all begins - magically - with seeds. Organic, reproducible seeds are the origin and bear the potential of fragrance, color, taste and texture of our food - the very elements I deal with as a cook. This is why I support the work of the non-profit association Lebende Samen - Living Seeds e.V. wholeheartedly. "
“In addition to products like citrus fruits that simply do not grow in Northern Europe, we import tomatoes, pasta and much more from Mediterranean countries. We hardly ever think about the seed these products come from and how dependent many farmers in the South are from corporate structures. Living seeds wants to fill this gap - and I support that."
"Since I've been moving in nature, I have been magically attracted by plant seeds. On my artistic path they have found a permanent place as a material for sculptures, I use their surprising properties - the clinging capacity of the burdock, the unnoticed lightness of the flying seeds, the space-creating structure of the plant stems. Visually and physically I feel the concentrated power, the potential of a new beginning and the dormant monumental in a tiny format - little miracles that require our attention. The work of the Living Seeds association has never been more meaningful than at this very time, when precious information from plants must not be lost. I am committed to this with full conviction. "
For organic agriculture to continue to thrive, farmers need strong, organic, open pollinated plants and seed varieties. Fertile plants, that are resilient to climate change. Living plants, that have the ability to sustainably feed us and nurture our soils at the same time. Plants, that carry living seeds which will secure the harvest of our future.
In the south of Europe, organic plant breeding and seed production is still in its infancy. Countries like Spain, Portugal or Morocco are incredibly rich in fruits and vegetables with a distinctive taste, optical characteristics and seductive scents. At the same time, their farmers already suffer heavily from the consequences of climate change. What they need are high-quality, organic seeds - "living seeds" - that bear healthy, tasty fruits despite the increasing heat, droughts, and pests.
Our non-profit association Living Seeds - Lebende Samen e.V. was founded in 2015 by committed visionaries who believe that 100% organic food from 100% organic seeds is possible - if the needed efforts are being made. Ever since, we have gathered funds for organic plant breeding projects in the Mediterranean and created a network of like-minded supporters who are willing to make "100% organic" come true.
The development of organic and biodynamic seeds is expensive and time-consuming. To finance the organic plant breeding projects, conduct trainings and raise awareness, we need your support! Spread the word, become a member of our association and make a donation.