9) What is the Commission doing to prevent the decline of biodiversity and to support sustainable agriculture with regard to plant reproductive material? The Commission is taking a number of measures to prevent the decline of biodiversity and to support sustainable agriculture. The variety review was further expanded to include consideration of sustainable agronomic and technological value. The proposal will allow traditional varieties and niche markets to be marketed as part of a simple and flexible system to promote their use and protect biodiversity. More varieties and materials have market access, even though they do not meet the general requirements for variety registration and marketing. The current rules for “blends for preservation”, that is, mixtures of grasses, including wild plant species, for the preservation of the natural environment have been simplified. Plant reproductive material intended for storage on the holding or exchanged in kind between seed preservatives is excluded from the scope of the Regulation. This derogation aims to promote the conservation of traditional seeds. 10) Is the use of seeds by amateur gardeners concerned? The use of seeds in private gardens is not regulated by EU legislation. Home gardeners can buy any type of seed or plant material and sell their material in small quantities. They may choose to purchase equipment that has not been tested and registered and whose identity, health and quality will only be guaranteed by the producer of that material (niche material). As part of this system, home gardeners can also sell any type of equipment. They may also choose to buy equipment produced and marketed by professional operators, that is to say, operators engaged in professional breeding, production and sale of seeds, for example in garden centers. In this case, stricter rules apply and tests concerning identity, health and quality are necessary. The reform clarifies the situation: any non-professional (amateur gardener, for example) will be able to exchange seeds with other private individuals without being concerned by the provisions of the proposed regulation. The proposed regulation provides that the seed user receives the necessary information on the identity of the material (name of the variety and characteristics tested, for example) and that the health and quality of the material is guaranteed.
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This does not detract from the fact that some multinationals want to fully control the march of seeds.
We know the troubles that companies and associations that sell old seeds sell. The recent confirmation by the European Court of Justice of the compulsory registration of all the seeds in the official catalog (which puts the Kokopelli association in a very delicate situation) is just another proof.
But that is not enough for the white-collar workers who run the European Union. A new law proposed by the European Commission (which has not been elected by anyone, let us recall) is now aimed at making it illegal to “cultivate, reproduce or sell” any vegetable seed that has not been ” tested, approved and accepted “by the new European paperwork called” EU Agency for Plant Diversity “.
It is called the “Plant Reproductive Materials Law” and its purpose is to make the government of virtually all plants and seeds virtually responsible.
Home gardeners who grow their own plants from unregistered seeds would be considered criminals under this law.
Ben Gabel, director of the Natural Seed Catalog who grows old vegetables writes:
“This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for amateur gardeners, organic producers, and small market gardeners …. Amateur gardeners have really different needs – for example, they garden manually, have no machines and can not or do not want to use chemical sprays. There is no way to register varieties that are suitable for domestic use because they do not meet the strict criteria of the Agency for Plant Diversity, which only approves the kind of seed used by industrial farmers. “
Virtually all plants, vegetables, seeds and gardeners will eventually be registered by the government.
According to paragraph IV of the EU proposed law on the registration of varieties in national and Union registers:
Varieties, with a view to making them available on the market throughout the Union, will be included in a national register or Union register via a direct application procedure by the CPVO (Community Plant Variety Office, Bureau community for plant diversity).
Gardeners must also pay a fee to the EU bureaucracy for registering their seeds.
Under the proposed law, the competent authorities and the CPVO would levy a fee for the processing of applications, the formal and technical review including audits, denomination of varieties and variety maintenance for each year for the duration of the application. the record.
Although this law is supposed to be aimed primarily at professional gardeners, it is a precedent for pursuing amateur gardeners sooner or later and demanding that they respect these same stupid regulations.
A bureaucracy that goes crazy
Ben Gabel says “All that this new law does is to create a ton of civil servants in the EU paid to move mountains of papers all day, while suppressing a seed supply to amateur gardeners and interfering with rights. farmers to cultivate what they want. It is also very boring that they have arrogated to themselves the power to regulate and give permission in the future for all species of plants – not just agricultural plants, but herbs, peats, flowers, all – without have to report it to the Council for voting. “
As one might suspect, this idea is the “final solution” of Monsanto, DuPont and other seed companies that have long recognized that their goal is to completely dominate all the seeds and crops of the planet. By criminalizing the private cultivation of vegetables – turning gardeners into criminals – EU bureaucrats can finally give up the total control of the food supply to powerful corporations like Monsanto.
Most old varieties will become criminal
This means that saving one generation’s seeds for sowing the next year – the foundation of a sustainable way of life – will become a criminal act. Moreover, as Gabel explains, this law will “effectively kill the use of seeds for private gardens in the EU”.
This is the ultimate wish of all governments, of course: criminalize any action for autonomy and make the population completely dependent on corporate monopolies for its survival. This is true both in the US and in the EU. That’s what governments do: they take control, one sector at a time, year after year, until you end up living as a slave under a global dictatorial regime.