What happens to European seeds now?

argylesock says… The European Parliament says no to a ‘proposed new seedlaw’ as the European Seed Association (‘the voice of the European seed industry’) calls it. Here’s some opinion about European seed law.

When I understand this, I’ll tell you.

[Edit] Last year I blogged about European seed law here and here.

Passion in Food and Field


Today (11th of March) the European Parliament voted for the rejection of the Commission proposal for a Regulation the production and marketing of Plant Reproductive Material.

The Commission published the draft of the legal proposal and the impact assessment in May 2013. It would replace 12 current Directives currently in force, which are mainly really old (some of them date back to 1966) and follow different principals.
In its proposal the Commission focused on making the plant reproductive material market of the EU28 more flexible, more easily accessible for small breaders, seed producers; they wished to help also the producers of traditional varieties; they wanted to facilitate the use of heterogeneous material and so on. This draft proposal does not cover the marketing for final users or hobbyists (of course the Commission would not regulate what we can plant oin our gardens or balcony) and marketing of GMOs (they are…

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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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