Sarvari Research Trust breeds non-GM, blight-resistant potatoes that don’t need constant spraying. These are known as Sarpo varieties. They have a promising new seedling (let’s call it Crow, short for Crowdfunded for now) to extend their Sarpo range. They need to test Crow’s performance against standard varieties in the field/garden and in the kitchen. Then they can send seed of Crow for government testing (very expensive) over two growing seasons. If the regulators agree that Crow would make a useful new variety, they will award it National List status. Then the variety can make a big contribution to really sustainable food production in UK and abroad. They need £5000 to help do this.
They can’t get grant funding for this kind of work because is thought to be
near market research and therefore a private matter. Breeders of GM
resistant potatoes do get grant support! So, if you join them by donating
funds, time or skills, it can make all the difference. As a backer, you can participate in their research by testing Crow and sending us your results. See how to support this project here.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Yes the date is confirmed and planning is already in progress; let us know if you think you can help on the day.