Network Economy founded Living Seeds- Sementes Vivas SA in Portugal
Organic and biodynamic seeds for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean Countries
Seed propagation and multiplication by
Living Seeds – Sementes Vivas SA (LSSV)
Living Seeds Sementes Vivas SA (LSSV) is a seed company, producing and processing organic and biodynamic seeds for Portugal and Southern Europe. The project is structured to become a replicated model for the countries of the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded in July 2015, in Idanha a Nova, Portugal by Network Economy with an international team of experts and managers. Their major aims are to increase seed diversity with strong local adaptations, to develop organic, biodynamic seeds for organic agriculture supporting the model of small local farming, to raise awareness in the society about the dependency of food and health, to reduce the import of conventional seeds, to establish local organic food chains, local markets and to promote cycle economy.
The target is to establish sound local organic seed business for Portugal, Spain and Southern Europe. Especially Bingenheimer Saatgut AG, Germany, has given a lot of advise and know-how transfer. Also Sativa Rheinau AG, CH, and DeBolster Ltd, NL, have given advise for the setup of LSSV.
Portugal is chosen because of
- The diversity of climatic and ground conditions,
- Huge variety of old / traditional seeds,
- Easy conversion of farms towards certified organic due to extensive agriculture and extensive industry till today,
- Strong support of the national gene bank INIAV delivering old varieties for joint propagation activities and
- The EU Young Farmers Program which is very successfully implemented in Portugal.
The current seed portfolio covers vegetables, herbs, flowers and pseudo-crops, later small plants and cereals will be added. LSSV is organised as producer organisation, where producers can take shares of the company. LSSV educates and trains farm producers how to grow organic/biodynamic seeds according to clearly defined quality levels and how to combine organic farming with organic seeds. LSSV is already working with 15 certified seed producers spread across Portugal with the purpose to use efficiently the different climate zones. The team produces seeds and vegetables on their own 25 ha farm Living Farms Quintas Vivas SA, Varzea, Idanha a Nova, which stands as a model for other producers. Over the next 10 years these partnerships will grow up to 150 seed producers who are propagating seeds according to the rules of LSSV. LSSV has signed a frame contract with INIAV, the Portuguese gene-bank which is supplying old seed varieties, experts, land and machines. LSSV has become the interface for farmers to get access to seeds of INIAV. Another frame contract is signed with ESAC-IP Coimbra, the only organic plant breeding Polytechnic Institute in Portugal. LSSV is working in different organic seed projects also with ESA-IPVC, the organic division of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, and also with ECO-PB, the European Plant Breeding organisation. LSSV is member of the biodynamic association of Portugal and member of Agrobio, the organic food and farming organisation. First own seed production will be sold in 2016.
Network Economy A.G.
Network Economy Portugal
Network Economy founded organic seed initiative:
Non-Profit Association to support
Organic Seed Initiatives in Southern Europe
Non Profit Lebende Samen –Living Seeds e.V.
With a team of experts who are engaged in biodiversity of seeds and development of organic, biodynamic and openly pollinated seeds, wanting to promote participatory plant breeding NE founded an Organic Seed Initiative in Portugal. Organic and biodynamic agriculture especially in Southern Europe needs a large number of cultural plant varieties to generate high-quality food, to reduce environmental stress, to use and optimize germination under specific ecological conditions and to grow edible plants with low input especially low water irrigation. The goal for the agricultural sector is no longer simply to maximize productivity, but to optimize across a far more complex landscape of production, rural development, environment, social justice and food consumption outcomes. The lack of organic and biodynamic plant breeding and information flow between scientists, practitioners and policy makers is known to exacerbate difficulties in the organic agriculture. In comparison to factors like chemical plant protection and mineral fertilising plant breeding delivers the highest contribution to more efficient agriculture till today. To increase efficiency and to adopt the challenges of the environment the organic and biodynamic seed and plant breeding activities in Southern Europe need non-profit support for financing.
The collected knowledge will be shared and coordinated via the thematic seed networks also to enable more efficiently the setup of local seed companies and to support local seed collectors and safe-guarders. Seed business cases could be published and advised. More than 30 European research institutions and professional organisations have already expressed their interests.
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Network Economy is member of Kultursaat e.V.., the biodynamic plant breeding association
Visit of professors from Portugal and director of national seed bank Portugal at Kultursaat e.V.
Lebende Samen- Living Seeds e.V.
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Depending on the geographic location and the special needs the energy supply is designed and scaled based on sun, wind, water and biomass in an appropriate way and also combines a particularly eco-friendly and sustainable supply. It is particularly attached importance that citizens are involved from the outset and are also involved in operations and profit.
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Initial concepts are being discussed in Portugal and UK.