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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  2. Cheryl

    A seedy story that warrants us to take the power back. Drip by drip the dam gives way, why should but a few control our lives? We are too many to be kept down. Let us not go gently or quietly into the night….

  3. 5. Is the new proposal going to regulate what people plant in their gardens?
    Private gardeners and farmers who use seeds and plants and produce them for their own
    consumption are not covered by this proposal . The proposal only concerns the marketing
    of plant reproductive material, and production of that material with a view to marketing.

    6. Does the proposal oblige farmers to only produce and use only certified seed?
    No. The draft Regulation offers the choice to breeders and farmers to breed and use
    either certified or non-certified (standard) material. This should depend on the needs and choices of each farmer. Certified material offers higher guarantees concerning quality
    and health, while standard material usually entails lower costs.

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  5. art

    Eu can go to fiddle sticks I wonder which map has friends in the seed production industry

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  7. Shari

    I will grow what the hell I want, when the hell I want, no stinkin government is going to STOP ME from growing food to feed my family. Especially if they want to sell us food that has GMOs in it.

  8. The EU is anti-European. It is a bogus organization of international criminals.

  9. Robert Sanchez

    This just in, an entire pine tree forrest has been sentenced to death and indeed individual trees have already been chopped down in Germany. Their heinous crime was having the audacity to develop pine cones and drop them on the forrest floor there by spreading unregistered pine seeds in the EU forrest. The local EU seed czar was quoted as saying “These trees are paying the price for their scofflaw ways! We’ve got our jack booted xv troops ready and any avacado tree, citrus tree or cherry tree that pulls the same stunt will meet the same end!” This story is brought to you second hand as the first interviewer’s head exploded.

    • Maria Hagen

      Robert… this is no laughing matter….. it may come to pass if Big Business has it’s way… I say STAND UP PEOPLE…. be counted and GROW our seeds…. KEEP your own seeds..

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