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.