Posts Tagged ‘Seed Saving’

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

We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

A friend just sent this to me, and I thought it was worth reposting, as I’ve had a number of recent synchronicities surrounding the Hopi. Those of you who’ve followed my blog for awhile might also remember that the title line forms part of the threshold coding of Door Number 10 (the Sun card with a Hopi theme). The idea of “the time is now” or “this is The Hour” is also a theme of Schizandra and the Gates of Mu.

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.

Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

And there are things to be considered:

Where are you living?

What are you doing?

What are your relationships?

Are you in right relation?

Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your Truth.

Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

—The Elders Oraibi
Arizona Hopi Nation

Text copied from here.