A New Seed Law will go before the EU commissioners on May 6th 2013.
The Regulation on Marketing of Plant Reproductive Material law will mean no seed can be sold, or potentially even given for free to anyone in the EU unless that seed is already registered on the EU Plant List as an 'approved' variety.
This would outlaw heritage seeds, that are historical and natural seeds which have not been manufactured into hybrids. They produce natural plants that our ancestors would have grown.
This new regulation threatens farmers' varieties and rare varieties, stoping diversity and could bring distinction to the many seeds that will not be on the EU list.
Small-scale farmers and local producers will be harmed as industrial seed companies extend their dominance and reap the benefits.
Sign the Avaaz petition HERE calling for the Law to be amended.
A more radical petition: We will not comply! can be signed HERE.
Visit: www.open-seeds.org/bad-seed-law/#Custom to find email addresses of the decision makers and a template letter that you can email to them. Send an email to the three EU directorates and each decision member of the commission to fight against this strict law.
You can also email your MEP with a letter, addresses can be found on www.open-seed.org/bad-seed-law/#
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The Directorate General of the EU for Sanitary and Consumer affairs (DG SANCO) has been working towards this law for years with the lobbying of the gloablised agricultural seed industry. Two other directorates oppose the law and so DG SANCO are taking the new law directly to the Commission on May 6th.