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Panagiotis Sainatoudis was born in 1969 in Serres and was living in Vamvakoussa, Serres till the age of ten.

From 1979 till 1993 he was living in Thessaloniki.

At the age of 24 he left Thessaloniki and went to Dassoto, Kato Nevrokopi, moving his activities in the town to the countryside.

From 1997 till 2003
he was living in different areas of Northern Greece like Karpi, Kilkis (1998-1999), Soumak, pomak villages in Rhodope (1999-2001), his birth place Vamvakoussa, Kavala, Messochori (2003-2014).

Presently (2017) he’s living with his wife Sophia Gida and his son in the town of Drama.

He got involved in ecological activities in 1986 and in 1988 became member of the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki.

In 1990
he organized in Thessaloniki the first lessons of ecological agriculture in Greece and in 1991 the first event for preservation of local varieties. In 1991 together with other friends he established the «Ecological agriculture Workshop» in Thessaloniki.

In 1995
he founded Piliti.

The name “Peliti” means “oak” in the language of Pontus and was inspired by one big oak tree in the village of Dassoto, Peliti’s birth place.

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In 1995 Panagiotis started his expeditions, travelling by foot and hitch-hiking, looking for farmers who keep their own seeds. Within 5 years he managed to collect more than 1200 varieties in danger to be lost.

In 2009 the Bioversity International and the Municipality of Rome honored him for his contribution with the award Guardian of Biodiversity in Mediterranean. This was followed by more acknowledgments in Greece and abroad. In 2013 the ex-president of Greece Carolos Papoulias honored Peliti for its volunteer contribution. 


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On March 2001
he joined a part of Zapatistas march from Chiapas to Mexico city.

Through Peliti he has inspired thousands of farmers - amateur and professional- to save their own seeds.

In 1999
he organized the first public seed exchange event in Greece in Karpi, Kilkis. In 2013 the festival was described by the seedsavers.net in Australia as “the largest seed exchange festival in the world”.

In 2000
was established the Pan-Hellenic Network for Promotion and Conservation of local varieties and indigenous farm animals, named “Localities of farms”.

In 2003
together with his wife Sophia Gida, Panagiotis established the Pan-Hellenic Network for exchange of goods and services without money «From hand to hand and from heart to heart»


In 2011
he took part in the International Seed Days in Brussels.

In 2012 and 2013
Peliti organized the International Seed Days in Greece.

In 2012
Panagiotis represented Peliti at the Global Meeting «Flowering of Humanity» in Mexico.

In 2014
he organized and participated in the International Solidarity Caravan for the seeds to Le Mas d’azil, in the sought of France.

In 2015
he organized the First Global Meeting for the Commons at Peliti’s land.

In 14-16th of October he joined the Monsanto Tribunal and the People’s Assembly in Hague.

Panagiotis Sainatoudis is in charge of Peliti’s editions. The main annual edition of Peliti “Localities of farms” is published in more than 23.000 copies.

Everybody is important regardless of his economical and social status.
Every day by our thoughts and our forks we determine the future of the planet. What kind of food we choose and where this food comes from?

We create our reality and when we realize that fact we’ll stop blaming the others for what happens to us.

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