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.
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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