Urgent – your help needed to fight new EU Seed Law

Urgent Call For Action – New EU Seed Law

to ban all traditional vegetable varieties unless registered and licenced!

Hello everyone who cares about our seeds and our freedom to use, exchange and sell them.

There is urgent action needed against the upcoming EU seed marketing law. The new regulation will de facto ban old and rare varieties and farmers varieties and stop the exchange and selling of traditional seeds.

DG SANCO (the Directorate General of the EU for Sanitary and Consumer affairs) has been working on a proposal for a new regulation for years, driven by lobbying of the globalised agricultural seed industry .The seed industry is pushing the legislation hard, they’ve spent a lot of money on it.

However, two other EU directorates, DG AGRI (agricultural affairs) and DG ENVI (environmental affairs) both oppose the proposal because it is so bad for agriculture and biodiversity! So DG SANCO is pushing ahead with the new law anyways by putting it directly to the Commission this week.

There is only a little chance to get a majority of commissioners to vote against the current proposal, but we still should try.

Each country of the EU has one commissioner in Brussels, so we need 14 votes against the proposal. The commissioners of DG AGRI and DG ENVI should vote against, so we need 12 more.

Find out more – and how to act – here: http://www.realseeds.co.uk/seedlaw.html

  1. Does anyone know if there is a petition for this?  Will start one if not however it makes sense to only have the one!

  2. …and this for the suggested text: http://open-seeds.org/bad-seed-law/

  3. This seems to be the bigger Avaaz petition – we’ve signed both (as you say Jennifer, it would make sense just to have one!): http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/We_dont_accept_this_Let_us_keep_our_seeds_EU/?acGDbab

  4. Thank you I have posted on Thrive FB page and people will share from there https://www.facebook.com/groups/250779695051485/?fref=ts