Nutty New EU Plant Law Threatens Seed Supply for Gardeners and Restricts Farmers Crops

Posted: May 7, 2013 by tallbloke in Natural Variation, Politics, Robber Barons

The European Union intends to claim mother natures bounty as its own property and patent everything that grows. Time to get out of this lunacy in my opinion. Screw the EU, I’ll be continuing to save and propagate whatever seed I decide is right for my purposes. Up yours Rompuy.

UPDATE 22-10-2013 – PLEASE SEE THE COMMENT FROM ULLI KAH BELOW AND SIGN THE PETITION TO FORCE THIS INTO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT FOR DEBATE

Hello @All
There’s an online petition from Openpetition.de with just over 74000 signings to stop this law.
The petition needs 100000 signings to be acknowledged be Brussels. But we only have 2-3 days left zu get the remaining 26000 signings.
PLEASE HELP!
Sign this petition and spread the word.

https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/saatgutvielfalt-in-gefahr-gegen-eine-eu-saatgutverordnung-zum-nutzen-der-saatgut-industrie

Ulli Kah

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This from realseeds.co.uk

dandelion-displayOn Monday May 6th a draconian new law was put before the European Commission, which creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe.

The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants. It contains immediate restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees, while creating powers to restrict all other plants of any other species at a later date.

Under the new law, it will immediately be illegal to grow, reproduce or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been tested and approved by a new “EU Plant Variety Agency, who will make a list of approved plants. Moreover, an annual fee must also be paid to the Agency to keep them on the list, and if not paid, they cannot be grown.

Following a huge outcry and intense lobbying from consumer groups, small-scale farmers, genebanks, and even some member-state governements, a few last-minute alterations were made, which while not perfect, have reduced the impact quite a lot.

The key last minute concessions that were made – and this really was only due to public pressure, because they were not in the draft just 3 days previously – are as follows:

  • Home gardeners are now permitted to save and swap unapproved seed without breaking the law.
  • Individuals & small organisations can grow and supply/sell unapproved vegetable seed – as long as they have less than 10 employees.
  • Seedbanks can grow unapproved seed without breaking the law.
  • There could be easier (in an unspecified way) rules for large producers of seeds suitable for organic agriculture etc, in some (unspecified) future legislation – maybe.

But the rest of the law is still overly restrictive, and in the long run will make it much harder for people to get hold of good seeds they want to grow at home. There are also clauses that mean the above concessions could be removed in the future without coming back to the Parliament for a vote.

We are checking out what the next step is. It appears that next it must go to Parliament for modification or approval, so there is still the chance of changes for better or worse. We must all campaign to make sure only improvements are made!

Comments
  1. tckev says:

    The idiotic EU and their idea to cleanse nature of all non-profitable species. Madness in it’s purest form. If such an idea were contemplated in animal kingdom the public outcry would be deafening.

  2. Tenuc says:

    Good. If this meddling and restrictive legislation gets passed, this could be the last straw for many countries regarding continued membership of the EU. Agriculture is still very important for some.

  3. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on CraigM350 and commented:
    A recipe for food monopoly and small holders to become serfs whilst consumers are subjected to food Libor. The Common Agricultural Policy will be a dewy eyed memory at this rate. Many thanks to TallBloke for highlighting – a true ‘green’ 😉

  4. graphicconception says:

    A plant master race – what will they think of next?

  5. michael hart says:

    You know, it’s not that long ago that another continental-power also sought to gain control of the genetic destiny of European life-forms. It failed in 1945.

  6. Stephen Wilde says:

    Europe is a reincarnation of the USSR.

  7. dave ward says:

    “Europe is a reincarnation of the USSR”

    Indeed it is…

  8. colliemum says:

    As anybody knows who’s done some allotment gardening, the ‘heritage’ seeds, that’s the old varieties which have literally been handed down for generations of gardeners, are usually more resistant to local plant diseases, and taste better. And yes, these seeds are being swapped. It is a crime to stop that.
    The thorough idiocy of that laws becomes plain when one thinks of the various seeds that go into the making of a wild-flower patch. Do we now have to wait for an Eurocrat to ‘approve’ of poppies, ox-eyed daisies etc? Do we have to live in a sterile park, with approved grasses,shrubs and bushes, no place for wild flowers?
    Did these benighted bureaucrats think about animals who rely on native species for food?

    Should this be passed by Parliament, UKIP will get another army of recruits -and these are the ones who do know how to swing a pitchfork or a spade!
    🙂

  9. Stephen Richards says:

    Is their stupidity never ending? This massive quango has to be annuled. Let’s hope it starts with the UK and finishes with Germany.

  10. SimonJ says:

    Don’t lobby for exemptions! Let them bring the whole thing in – it will help more people realise what an out of control hydra this god-awful european ‘project’ has become.
    Get me out of it!

  11. EternalOptimist says:

    maybe they can stop the wind blowing seeds as well
    Stop press – ‘Swallows arrested for importing coconut seeds into Arthurian demesnes of Wessex in the UK. Two European swallows face jail. an African swallow has been released on bail’

  12. Kon Dealer says:

    This is exactly the kind of overbearing crap that will make more and more people vote UKIP.
    Noe to the EU- keep turning out this crap, we will use it to bury you.

  13. dp says:

    It looks like EU membership is going to collapse down to those member states that can’t afford to exist without the membership so can’t leave, and Germany who won’t leave.

  14. michael hart says:

    EternalOptimist says:
    May 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    maybe they can stop the wind blowing seeds as well
    Stop press – ‘Swallows arrested for importing coconut seeds into Arthurian demesnes of Wessex in the UK. Two European swallows face jail. an African swallow has been released on bail’
    —————————————————-

    As you raised the thorny question, does that mean that both European and African Swallows fly at the same slow speed, when not un-laden?

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  17. “THEY” are moving to control all of the food sources, water, and energy, in an effort to take over the world from the free individuals they want to demote back to serfs with out meaningful votes or property holdings.

    Private property owners who can support themselves for most of their own grown food stuffs are the free thinkers last stronghold. Own the biggest piece of land you can properly manage, support your selves and as many neighbors as possible through garden/farmers markets as you can.

    It is immoral to try to restrict access to plant seeds of any verity for the use of small farm and home garden use. Grow your way out of government and corporate control of your lifestyle, the freedom of consumption of your own food, being removed is the last straw to “THEIR” plan of complete servitude to “The System”. The UN is tying it all together for the major seed corporations, most of which are subsidiaries of major chemical companies.

    Defining the genetics of common keepsake heirloom varieties, is the leverage they use to patent seeds and hence restrict the use by everyone else, makes about as much sense as them defining your specific genome then claiming they own you because they did the research!

  18. Brian H says:

    These fools need to be put to work pushing up daisies.

  19. Ulli Kah says:

    Hello @All
    There’s an online petition from Openpetition.de with just over 74000 signings to stop this law.
    The petition needs 100000 signings to be acknowledged be Brussels. But we only have 2-3 days left zu get the remaining 26000 signings.
    PLEASE HELP!
    Sign this petition and spread the word.

    https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/saatgutvielfalt-in-gefahr-gegen-eine-eu-saatgutverordnung-zum-nutzen-der-saatgut-industrie

  20. tallbloke says:

    Thanks Ulli, now you have 75% 🙂

  21. ren says:

    I wanted to warn you, I saw a forecast of Dr. Spencer. You can see that the lock hold lows of Britain. Rainfall is high.
    http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/10/europe-australia-10-day-forecasts-new-weatherstreet-com-products/

  22. timspence10 says:

    What will happen eventually is that the seed industries will only market seed that does not have a viable second generation and so seed will have to be repurchased every year, every crop. This will affect all small holdings and much of Africa, Asia and South America where traditionally they reserve a stock of seed each year, Maize Sorghum etc.

    This, once again, is an attempt to sweep away small business and create an environment where only multinational organisations can operate, this has been the modus operandi of the EU for decades. They recently suggested that the small Spanish vineyards should be closed to leave the market free-er for the larger producers.

    Studying the EU reveals the same recurring theme, while everyone pays through their taxes, the recipients of EU generosity are usually global organizations such as Nestlé, Danone etc.

    They are certainly out to fleece us but when you understand the implications of seed control you can be forgiven for having deeper concerns.

  23. Steve C says:

    Signed. I don’t think “nutty” is quite the word for this sort of thing, though. “Nutty” implies mere harmless eccentricity. This (and why hadn’t we heard about it before, MSM?) is neither harmless nor merely eccentric, it is entirely in line with the UN’s über-authoritarian Agenda 21 unpleasantness. I left the comment “Der Faschismus ist nie annehmbar, EU” (Fascism is never acceptable, EU).

    Good luck, Ulli. They must be stopped.

  24. c777 says:

    When will this hideous monstrosity collapse, the sooner the better.

  25. E Hughes says:

    UN agenda 21, “A comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally,nationally and locally by orgaizations of the UN system,governments and major groups in EVERY AREA IN WHICH HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT.”
    In other words, control of everything EVERYWHERE.

    http://www.uncsd2012.org/

    Oh, that’s just crazy conspiracy theory stuff… NOT. It’s all real and it’s here now.
    http://www.sustainableseattle.org/
    http://www.seattle.gov/environment/ (office of sustainability)

    I better shut up now,, (love you NSA,,,mmmwwaaaaaaaaa)

    cheers

  26. Stephen Richards says:

    I can’t say this often enough. Get the hell out of the EU. VOTE UKIP in the UK. The rest of europe can’t leave there is too much corrupt money floating around.

  27. dp says:

    This law, had it been in place at the time, would make the Granny Smith apple illegal.

  28. I just sat down here at my computer with a plate of fresh baked squash I planted back in late May, after I made the above comment. So it comes full circle, I am now being active in the local Mesa Az. community gardening program, helping urban folk learn to plant food stuff in their own yards.

    I have been collecting vegetable seeds for free use of individuals, who want to start their own gardens. Squash, (7 varieties so far), two types of okra, egg plant of three varieties, several melons and cantaloupes, along with sweet potato vines, and yams starts in early spring to be donated to the general public on a per need or request basis.

    All most all vegetables come loaded with more seeds inside than you can plant on an acre of land, pick the ones you buy for the genetic trends you want to grow, wash and dry the seeds for sharing with friends the next year. I will be spending my time tilling plots (for free) and assisting newbies learn to grow their own food, this next summer from inside the local support system.

  29. hunter says:

    Push back and flat out stop this madness now, or you will find yourselves living under a system that could make Russians miss the 1930’s and Western Europe miss the early 1940’s. And trust me on this: The US is no longer what it was and will not be bailing freedom loving people out again for a long, long, time.