New EU Seed Law Would Ban All Non-Registered Varieties

argylesock says… Who can it help to regulate seed varieties so tightly? It won’t help farmers. It won’t help growers. It won’t help anybody to respond to new challenges – pests, diseases, climate change, population growth. I think the only people this new law would help are the people who own biotech companies. Is there a petition against this proposed new law? If you see one, please tell me and I’ll publicise it on my blog.

Earth First! Newswire

Cross Posted from Real Seeds


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

The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” will regulate all plants. It contains immediate restrictions on reproduction of 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, approved and accepted by a new “EU Plant Variety Agency”. Moreover, an annual fee must also be paid to the Agency if that particular variety is to be used by anyone.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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5 Responses to New EU Seed Law Would Ban All Non-Registered Varieties

  1. Have you thought of contacting AVAAZ, the big guns for protest? You can Google them and get them to take up a cause like this….

  2. Pingback: What happens to European seeds now? | Science on the Land

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