European Commission To Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Plants & Seeds Not Registered With Government


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seedsThe European Commission is changing the European Union’s plant legislation, apparently to enhance food safety across the continent. This move has sparked a heavy  opposition from many, saying that the measure will threaten seed diversity and favour large agrochemical businesses. This new law creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe. You can view the entire proposal in the list of sources at the bottom of this article.

The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants. It contains restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees, as well as all other plants of any species. It will be illegal to grow, reproduce, or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been been tested and approved by the government, more specifically the “EU Plant Variety Agency.” This agency will be responsible for making a list of approved plants and an annual fee must also be forwarded to the agency if growers would like to keep what they grow on the list. The new law basically puts the government in charge of all plants and seeds in Europe, and prevents home gardeners from growing their own plants from non-regulated seeds. If they did, they would now be considered criminals.

The draft text of the law has already been changed several times due to a large backlash from gardeners.

This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers and small scale market farmers. Home gardeners have really different needs – for example they grow by hand, not machine, and can’t or don’t want to use such powerful chemical sprays. There’s no way to register the varieties suitable for home use as they don’t meet the strict criteria of the PLant Variety Agency, which is only concerned about approving the sort of seed used by industrial farmers – Ben Gabel, Director of The Real Seed Catalogue

It seems the government is taking over everything, virtually all plants, vegetables seeds and gardeners are to be registered by the government. What’s even more disturbing is that all heirloom seeds will be criminalized. This means that saving seeds from from one generation to the next will become a criminal act!

This law was written for the needs of the globalized farm seed industry, who supply seed by the ton to industrial farmers. It should not apply at all to seed used by home gardeners and small market growers. Freely reproducible seeds should be a human right, they are part of our heritage.

I understand this is to protect the business of big agri-companies, but registration and testing should be voluntary for all non GMO, non-patented and non hybrid seed.

So what can you do?

Please sign the petition!  http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/We_dont_accept_this_Let_us_keep_our_seeds_EU

Sources

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/pressroom/docs/proposal_aphp_en.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_propagation_material/review_eu_rules/index_en.htm

http://www.aseed.net/new/en/seeds/in-the-news/1171-critisism-on-proposal-eucommission-for-seed-laws

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2013/05/overhaul-of-eu-seed-regulations-.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/040214_seeds_European_Commission_registration.html


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  1. brightlight

    Banning heirlooms too? This is crazy. I can see how this can be passed off as safety, but at the same time it seems to be taking things way too far. Especially since modified seeds tend to be unsafe.

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    • Sandy Lee

      Yes. Unsafe and sterile. If they want to kill all life on the planet, this is a really fast way to do it. The insanity first of having chemical companies and governments controlling is the same as putting child molesters in charge of the nursery. I have never understood why toxic chemical companies were allowed into food production. That has never made any sense. And to think that governments have any understanding of the balances of nature is ridiculous.

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    • george milton

      You can see how this could be passed off as safety?? WTH?! How in the world could having plants that have been around millions of years dropping seeds for the next years crop be a safety concern? That is complete nonsense and a vicious calculated assault on all that is holy and good.

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      • Mr Brightlight isn’t very bright. This is no more than a tyrannical attempt to play into corporate demands for world domination. It is making ordinary citizens criminals and your grandma an enemy of the state.

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      • Tiki

        Hmmm… could be because of the cross contamination you here so much about (GMO&heirloom). Perhaps, they think by doing this they will avoid replanting accidentally cross pollinated/contaminated seeds?

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  2. Lynne

    I hope other countries don’t follow suit with this. They control the food, vegetation, the air, the water.. everything natural is being controlled now.

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    • Midge

      They’ve don it in the USA and Australia will probably be next!

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  3. Alan Batterman

    Have they already created a Gestapo to raid private garden to inspect the seeds? If so, I will cheer if one of those pigs gets baconized.

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  4. Can countries opt to disban the european commission? Sounds like this is what needs to happen.

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    • Midge

      The European Commission ABSOLUTELY has to be disbanded. All European countries MUST get out of the EU for their own survival!

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  5. Greed. They have to have their dirty little hands in everything sacred.

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  6. balderdash! i think its time for a re vo lu ti ….on!

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  7. no freaking way this can happen its just crazy they must be out of there mind.

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  8. Are you fucking kidding me? You people in Europe are insane beyond belief if you allow this to happen.

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    • Kay

      I don’t know where you are from but here in the US there are actions done all the time that most citizens are against. We don’t “let it happen” it is foisted upon us. I’m sure it was the same for our Euro friends.

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      • exactly, same goes here in Canada, water fluoridation is an excellent example of our representatives proving time and time again that they don’t represent us at all.

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  9. TheAncient1

    We should stop saying beeeebeeeebeee and say auuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu auuuuuuuuuuuuuuu auuuuuuuuuuuuu enough is enough damn psychopaths.

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  10. J

    Would like to see some REAL links to gov legislation….. Or gov departments. I live in Europe and this is the first I’ve heard of this….

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  11. Jenny

    I was just told by a friend that all of this is to help regulate against GMOs, not sure if this is true or not.

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    • Ed

      That’s the pretext. It’s almost as if the EU leadership is using the anti-GMO sympathies to create a draconian food monopolization scheme.

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    • Midge

      Jenny, not true. They are actually introducing GMO, which will increase our diseases/disorders and eventually kill us. Check out New World Order and Agenda 21, both of which explain the plan.

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      • you are in my opinion 100% correct something must be done before we follow america where people are already being arrested for growing food its an infringement of our inalienable rights to liberty

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    • i think is is just about all governments trying to rule every aspect of our lives

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  12. rhiannon

    Please don’t let this happen. It’s not right. How could you shoot down the little guy like that? People base their lives on this.

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  13. tony proc

    hang on Attemptress, us people in Europe!?? try you people north America, which companies would it benefit the most, again, now, we have to do something about it, as we will!

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  14. Martinsh

    is there a petition agains this or smtng? :/

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  15. Maybe this finally will get the people protesting in the streets…only if they know tho …spread the word far and wide

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  16. Control us an illusion. If the masses stood up and decided they werent going to stand for it their control would be void. The real trouble is human apathy and television.

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    • Midge

      Miranda, no amount of protesting will stop this, they (Illuminati), will do exactly what they have to do to achieve their Agenda.

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  17. Steven Potts

    I am from New Zealand and now live in Australia – This is BULLSHIT – I love Heirloom seeds – STOP th world bullshit NOW

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  18. Shahee

    Yes, yours are nations run by the principle of “Governance by consent”.. If you feel they are not representing you, withdraw your consent. Otherwise you are consenting.

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  19. Benita

    This is very similar to what will happen through the ‘Food Bill’ in New Zealand. This is what comes in through the Trans Pacific Partnership. This and way more scary things.

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