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!!

  6. Georgie Bushy

    You are all so gullible to believe this. Why don’t you look it up in Google and find the true facts instead of believing every word written by a misguided panicmonger.

    • Kit Bonde

      Why don’t you leave a link, you must have it at hand? :)

      • JohnG

        Take a look at http://ec.europa.eu/…/docs/faq_regulation_proposal_en.pdf
        Looks like points 5, 6&7 refute the article

    • Homebird

      LOL, yeah I agree. I guess it’s easier to be outraged than to actually check the facts.

  7. Do not allow this to happen. Your quality of life and liberty are at stake.

  8. Lincoln kirby-bell

    It will be near impossible to enforce, people in there tens of thousands including myself will simply ignore this law,just another reason for the UK to hopefully vote to leave the EU .

  9. “I understand this is to protect the business of big agri-companies”. As if THAT is ok???

    • Dee

      No it isn’t, it’s communism, and it is to control you! They take away what makes you healthy, and happy, so they can control you when you are feeling like crap. While they get all the best foods. I would take them out of office, and don’t let anyone run, that is communist. No body has the right to tell you what you can plant, unless it toxic, and harmful to the ground.

      • MarkB

        I think you need to look up the definition of communism. Because what is happening in this instance is nothing less than absolute corporate control of everything, favouring none but the wealthy few, the ultimate end result of capitalism. Communism refers to ownership and control of the means of production by the many, for the shared benefit of the many, guided by the hand of the state, which is representative of the many. What is happening in the EU is certainly not that!

      • I think the term you’re looking for is totalitarianism or fascism. Communism is about the “common good” not corporate good. Well at least in theory. In practice it has been just another face of a corportocracy.

  10. Tim

    There is already legislation to prevent untested seeds being sold. But it doesn’t legislate against things being grown – that would be just too stupid in view of the number of wild plants which produce seeds but aren’t grown commercially. Try http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk.

    • Jim webster

      Tim has nothing to do with untested seeds if I,m reading your quote right. GMO seeds are poison as our bodies don,t produce the enzymes to digest. More simply put the medical industry must be fed. Enough poison in the food scourge keeps the medical mill turning. First half century 7% of the populous contracted cancer. Now 56%. So much for first, do no harm. Bottom line, control the food source, control the people. Your new world order taking form

      • Aren’t you supposed to be hanging out at Rosewell?

        • Uncle B

          Mytin hat is well grounded. My geitals are silver painted. Eventhe crack of my ass has a copper grounding sheet . . . and I find the banning of any seeds a crime by the machine against my humanity . . .

  11. mike beware

    Do you think its a coincidence that Spain has outlawed peaceful public demonstrations and this seed story?

  12. If you control the food supply, you control the people. Typical seeds sold to the homeowner for gardening here in the states will grow one crop, seeds from that crop are sterile and won’t reproduce. We always thought it was so you would be forced to buy more seeds the following year. I think now we know better.

  13. Jim

    Appears the pretend anti-GMO agendas of Europe against the pro-GMO agendas in the USSA are just a smokescreen, as both the EU and USA are controlled by the same sickos who claim to be Gods Chosen People. Planned starvation was certainly used by the Marxist critters in both USSR and China and is a weapon of war. In fact, most deaths in war are the result of disease and food shortages.

    It’s really no surprise, as ever since pure evil won WWII they have been destroying/demoralizing (corrupting the morals, spirit, hope, confidence) Western Civilization ever since.

    The $1 million question is….

    Why does Putin pretend to fight against the EU/USSA while at the same time saying that anyone who questions the Official USSA Story of 9/11 is “crazy” and legislating Holocaust denial laws to protect that giant deception as well? Two of the most powerful lies of the last 70 years are being protected by Putin while he claims to fight against the very sickos who created those deceptions/war propaganda and control the EU/USSA.

    The EU/USSA (European Peoples) are being set up for a very great fall. Heck, look at the recent anti-European People lies/deceptions being played out in the USSA Mass Media… Michael Brown (6’5” 289lbs) attacked a police officer and was justifiably killed as he again attempted to attack the police officer (too bad he did not put his hands up). Eric Garner was arrested 31 times prior and was resisting arrest; even his own wife says he was wrong and died from being overweight with existing heart congestion in the ambulance (the choke hold was brief and only used to take him to the ground then released. Gotta love those freeze-frame pictures.). Tamir Rice was a 12 year old 195lb thug that was purposely pointing a gun at people to scare them (a future gangster in emotional training as he feels the fear of others and the power of a gun) who then reaches for the gun (stupid mistake) when the police pull up. The coroner says “homicide” as cause of death which simply means a human killing another human; a homicide can be excusable, justifiable or criminal. Do you think these emotionally brainwashed anti-Europeans understand that?

    Combine all this with foreign wars based on lies, barbaric torture and the purposeful destruction of the economy/manufacturing base/money supply….

    5..4..3..2..1..?

    The ironic thing is, all the domestic anti-European Peoples will be the first to get the axe that do not make it to the safety of… Those FEMA camp contingency plans are probably not for the enslavement of patriots but for the safe keeping and eventual resettlement of Gods Chosen People to the newly created Greater Israel Project, just as those camps in Germany/Poland were the safest places to be in Europe during WWII and provided the population of newly formed Israel. Is it just a coincidence that the FEMA camps can roughly hold around 2% of the USSA population, a number mighty close to the population of Gods Chosen People in the USSA?

    Such a devilish agenda. Destroy the eternal enemies of Gods Chosen People (Arabs and East/West Europeans) while providing new living space for them in Greater Israel and living space for their new friends the Chinese who have very favorable opinions of Gods Chosen People with no religious indoctrinations against Gods Chosen People.

    Call me crazy I don’t mind, as only a crazy person would mind.

  14. J.D. Ackle

    First off, a sort of disclaimer: I have no relations to forest/agricultural/fodd industries. I am basically clearly a non-expert in these subjects.
    However, I care for several sorts of issues and often look at claims biding for you to sign a petition. One common problem with most of them: a blatant lack of concise references.
    Honestly, if we did not need for you to inform us of said issues, we would already be acquainted to the actual legislation (or whatever) that is being questioned by your article. An endnote citing references is a must and I’m glad you’ve done so in your article. But the lack of a simple [document:page] reference for each of your claims just forces us to browse through the lengthy documents we were not previously acquainted with.
    In this particular case, I quite briefly browsed through the first reference on your list ( http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/pressroom/docs/proposal_aphp_en.pdf ) and saw no evidence of your claims. I did find this though: “The general principle of cost recovery shall prevail. However, the micro-
    enterprises shall be exempted from fees to fulfil the Commission’s commitment to
    lower the burden on very small businesses(…)” (page 8; there is more about this particular point on that page)
    I do understand that a EU directive is not the law itself, and thus that transposition to the law itself my (accidentally or not so much so) miss out on some point in the originating directive.
    I do note that all I saw on that document concerned the marketing of plants, not their growing (the later really would be absurd).
    So please do let us know from what document and its page(s) did you learn “The new law (…) prevents home gardeners from growing their own plants from non-regulated seeds. If they did, they would now be considered criminals.” I do have a handful of fruit-trees in my home-garden and thus am personally interested in knowing about this.
    Thank you for your time.

  15. I have no problem with GMO’s but this is clearly wrong. This is clearly being done at the behest of the industry lobyists. This is wrong and it infinches on the rights of the small farmer as it will make it nearly impossible for small farmers to legally grow food to sell.

    This is wrong, this needs to be stopped, this is a horrible law.

  16. This is this type of regulation they tried to pass in New Zealand for natural health products. Effectively making it criminal for current safe products to be on the market unless they paid money to the pharmaceutical mafia ridden regulator. Even then the regulatory model favoured big pharma not natural health products because of the nature of patent laws. We were successful in defeating that legislation.

    I’ll be very surprised if this passes in Europe because Europe has a long history of agriculture, and stood firm on not allowing GMO’s into the continent. I’d also be very surprised if the UK doesn’t kick up a big stink about it too.

    The bigger issue is the plethora of legislation that protects gluttoness profits of multi-national corporations while flagorantly disregarding the long term effects on human health, the eco system, the environment and the cosmos at large. This is one of the reasons why I’m devoting 2015 to assembling a global taskforce of changemakers to train them in strategies and skills we used in NZ to beat back draconian regulations.

  17. Jane

    Yes, grow what you want but if you don’t have seed to grow you won’t be able to buy it ~ Heritage seeds becoming illegal!! I don’t understand what’s happening in this world ~ we need to STAND UP and be counted or we will be completely diminished by big greedy business bastards!

  18. european contries must fight back against this tyranny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. dlandgren

    If you take the time to read what they propose (http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_propagation_material/review_eu_rules/docs/faq_regulation_proposal_en.pdf hint hint) it’s actually something quite simple. They’re simplifying the existing red tape and individuals and micro enterprises are not concerned.

    • olduglycarl

      They do not need all these man made rules. It only glorifies the rule makers and benefits the regulatory idiots. Why not spend their time eliminating trans-species modifications which endangers everything. Not nice to screw with mother nature.

    • John

      A more careful reading might suggest that the proposed regulations COULD make the introduction of GMOs MORE difficult rather than less. But the proposal is not going to win any plain English awards any time soon.

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