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. Sandy Lee

    I wish this announcement suprised me, but with over-population demands on the planet’s natural resources, that are almost exclusively controlled by internationally powerful mega-corporate entities, and the USA setting the standard for facist, corporate capitalism; it was inevitable that the EU (a conglomerate of kingdoms and small countries now sharing a common currency) is trying to control farming like the Federals do in the USA. It is a bad model. A deadly model. We have the largest nation of overfed, overweight, undernourished sick people the world has ever seen and our babies are being genetically modified without prior knowledge or permission.
    I am certain that Mother Nature is having a good laugh at our expense. Even if such laws are passed, consider who the “Seed Police” might be? It is a recipe for long term misery. The control freaks who are dreaming up these ridiculous ideas are actually asking for food wars. This reader feels sincerely that the so-called “developed world” has developed debilitating tumors of colassal greed, causing destruction, starvation, and slavery on a global level. Those who have tillable land are the first targets. Ask any wheat or soy farmer.

  2. JohnG

    Perhaps you should take a look at http://ec.europa.eu/…/docs/faq_regulation_proposal_en.pdf
    especially points 5, 6&7 which would seem to refute the article

    • Sandy Lee

      I did not find points 5,6,7 but I appreciate what you say. I also know, because I am a Botanist and must do my best to keep up with the leading taxonomists who make the classifications official. In this country they meet evry 3-4 years and when they are done, much of their work is a re-classification process that confuses more than clarifies. No one should think for a moment that once entered into a human system that the plant kingdom will comply. It is absurd. To this reader, that attitude and all of the statements about the EU Parliament being an elected body of representatives would have meant something to me before 2001. Our elected officials have turned into hateful, selfish neglectful stewards of our regulatory processes. All that was accomplished is coming unglued. Believe me please when I say that I prefer to be wrong about the EU wanting to control plant life. It is time for our world to be more peaceful and less warlike.

    • roger

      John your link leads to a general entrance to an EU website that does not address this issue without searching through their entire material.

  3. AnnieBee

    Ignorance of the masses, Apathy of the masses, and propaganda towards the masses allow them to do this. The Government is voted in. They rely on votes to keep them in… They work ‘for’ the people, not the companies that want to control all sources of foodstuffs handed out to the masses

  4. My God … Food Safety???? What the hell are they talking about … food safety in “Processed Food” by all means yes, but growing from your own seed … much safer than anything Monsanto can breed.

  5. jono

    This is just well out of order!!!! since a kid many many peeps around my up bringing and are still alive today share the passed down knowledge of the growing seed sharing enjoyment and knowledge of our plant,tree and land understanding around were we are from.
    This!! is some bloomin health n safety trick again hoping to scare the masses to feel they will be safer eating or growing anything with a so called Government stamp on it!!!
    So how many peeps work at “EU Plant Variety Agency”
    i rekon 000000.1%
    compaired to the peeps actually growing and sustaining there local villages communes shops markets regions AND tourists all over europe!!

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