European Commission to Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Plants & Seeds Not Registered with Government

All in the name of “safety,” of course!

In case the May 2012 EU banning of most herbs didn’t wake up the continent, here’s another Beyond Orwell step in the global monopoly of all food and medicine known as Codex Alimentarius. For those who haven’t yet connected the dots, each continent focuses on implementing only a few of the most absurd abuses, and then the TPP and TTIP, Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic “trade” treaties swoop in to enforce the lowest common denominator of human rights and food quality.

Are we really going to let Jabba the Hut reveal himself as prophet? “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” ~Henry Kissinger

I would like to believe that non-compliance will rule the day, but the laws allowed to pass and the voluntary and bizarre obedience to them never cease to amaze me. I don’t think this one is a done deal quite yet. If you live in Europe, please do what you can — whether that be purging magick (flush those control freaks and their legislation down the toilet), call your governments, gather heirloom seeds now and plant with abandon next spring, and/or work at the local level to establish food sovereignty laws and guerrilla gardening cohorts.

European Commission To Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Plants & Seeds Not Registered With Government – See more at: http://healthydebates.com/european-commission-ban-heirloom-seeds-criminalize-plants-seeds-registered-government/#sthash.vCMTqZeb.dpuf

Healthy Debates

(Arjun Walia) The European Commission is changing the European Union’s plant legislation, apparently to enhance food safety across the continent. This move has sparked a heavy opposition from many, saying that the measure will threaten seed diversity and favour large agrochemical businesses. This new law creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe. You can view the entire proposal in the list of sources at the bottom of this article.

The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants. It contains restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees, as well as all other plants of any species. It will be illegal to grow, reproduce, or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been been tested and approved by the government, more specifically the “EU Plant Variety Agency.” This agency will be responsible for making a list of approved plants and an annual fee must also be forwarded to the agency if growers would like to keep what they grow on the list. The new law basically puts the government in charge of all plants and seeds in Europe, and prevents home gardeners from growing their own plants from non-regulated seeds. If they did, they would now be considered criminals.

The draft text of the law has already been changed several times due to a large backlash from gardeners.

This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers and small scale market farmers. Home gardeners have really different needs – for example they grow by hand, not machine, and can’t or don’t want to use such powerful chemical sprays. There’s no way to register the varieties suitable for home use as they don’t meet the strict criteria of the PLant Variety Agency, which is only concerned about approving the sort of seed used by industrial farmers – Ben Gabel, Director of The Real Seed Catalogue

It seems the government is taking over everything, virtually all plants, vegetables seeds and gardeners are to be registered by the government. What’s even more disturbing is that all heirloom seeds will be criminalized. This means that saving seeds from from one generation to the next will become a criminal act!

This law was written for the needs of the globalized farm seed industry, who supply seed by the ton to industrial farmers. It should not apply at all to seed used by home gardeners and small market growers. Freely reproducible seeds should be a human right, they are part of our heritage.

I understand this is to protect the business of big agri-companies, but registration and testing should be voluntary for all non GMO, non-patented and non hybrid seed.
– See more at: http://healthydebates.com/european-commission-ban-heirloom-seeds-criminalize-plants-seeds-registered-government/#sthash.vCMTqZeb.dpuf

12 responses to this post.

  1. I am curious about the use of the word ‘government’ in the article when the EU is a Union of countries with multiple Governments?? The ‘people’ don’t care about seeds or growing food, all they care about is their right to walk into a supermarket 24/7 and buy whatever food they desire. Another example of our separation to the natural world. If the ‘people’ were told they no longer had the right to choose the food they desired and were all forced by law to eat set Government regulated meals – this may grab their attention?? Well people this is exactly whats happening – the seed is the source of your food and if its low grade or GM then so is the food produced from it – nutrient deficient – to restrict your health and limit your potential.

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  3. Posted by MickeyyScott on January 4, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Can anyone say New World Order? It’s all about control. They intend to kill all of us but not before robbing us and destroying human rights and dignity. For a n honest evaluation of the NWO check out Infowars.com with Alex Jones!

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    • Yep. Of course, New World Order is all just conspiracy “theory.” How people can remain in denial about this boggles the mind. On the other hand, I sometimes get an obscene urge to blast all the WOes (what my friend Gillian calls them) with massive amounts of pixie dust–to intoxicating levels. Sometimes old Jabba needs his double chins tickled and just to be coated in all that icky human love stuff. Ohhhh, they hate that! Only miserable losers could feel so obsessed with controlling everyone and everything. If they’re allergic to pixie dust, so much the better. When are all these old men poisoning the world gonna kick the bucket? Seriously. They are way past expiration. Not to sound rude, but when you’re plotting and enacting genocide, sometimes people are going to wonder… Are billions “useless eaters” or would that be the parasites and rats at the top? 😉

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  5. This ban should be forbidden. All our ancestors worked hard to create the seeds we have now, so they belong to everybody. I understand copyrighting GMO seeds, but all other seeds are humanity’s property. Heirloom seeds are often the best for a yard gardener to use. There are so many adaptations for different climates. We should be protecting the variety, so we continue to be able to grow the perfect plant for the climate. This ban would make preservation of Heirlooms even harder… I’m am not very happy to hear about this possible ban at all. We might end up needing the Heirlooms when the side effects of GMO’s come to light.

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  6. Preaching to the choir, peacenowflower … it’s more difficult to self-induce a famine with all those biodiverse seeds around! Can’t have biodiversity and cultural heritage. Nope, “wouldn’t be prudent.”

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  7. […] I’ve finally had a chance to listen to this past Saturday’s radio broadcast of another lovely chat between Julian Rose and the Zany Mystic (Lance White). This one is particularly timely after my recent posts regarding the European Commission banning heritage seeds and criminalizing non-registered plants. […]

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