Banning Heirloom Seeds?

The European Commission is seeking to ban all heirloom seeds. They are considering legislation that will criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with the government. The proposed law “Plant Reproductive Material Law” would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce, or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy called the “EU Plant Variety Agency”.  Virtually all plants, vegetable seeds and gardeners will eventually be registered by the government and gardeners must also pay FEES to the EU for the registration of their seeds. You can read the proposed law here , but pay attention to the Articles  since they are what becomes law and not the misleading summary.

Why am I concerned about what the EU is doing with heirloom seeds? Because I think we will soon be jumping on this bandwagon. Certain large corporations who already own the majority of our seed companies will find this irresistible as it will drive the small heirloom seed companies out of business. I believe it will also trickle down to home gardeners and seed saving will become a criminal act (as it already is for Monsanto seeds).  You can read more about this proposed law and what it means for us  here.


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