Author Topic: EU proposes ban on traditional seed varieties in response to agri-lobby  (Read 14590 times)

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Not sure whether this is the right place for the post - apologies to Mods if it's not.

RealSeeds have put up a post about EU proposals to ban traditional seeds and old/rare varieties. This is by DG SANCO and in direct opposition to 2 other DGs (Agricutlural affairs and Environmental affairs)

More info is here http://www.realseeds.co.uk/seedlaw.html

We only have until 28 April to make views known to the EU commissioners.

The UK's is Catherine Ashton, wife of Peter Kellner, who runs YouGov. Perhaps they could run a poll....

Will you respond?
« Last Edit: April 24, 2013, 11:16:36 by sparrow »

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galina

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done

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Ho did you 'done' that Galina? I can't see anywhere to sign a petition or make a comment
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Ho did you 'done' that Galina? I can't see anywhere to sign a petition or make a comment

There's no petition or comment. Follow the link on the RealSeeds website to find your Commissioner  - Catherine Ashton for the UK - write her a nice email asking her to oppose and why you think she should (there's plenty of background info on the RealSeeds site). Click send. Simples!

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I have emailed Catherine Ashton and 5 others too asking for their support
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Done...and I went straight to the vice president  :icon_cheers:

goodlife

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...and another one for Ashton.
I wish I would have heard about this much earlier on...we could have lobbied it more.

goodlife

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...and posted the link for my sister in Finland. She is involved with local politics.. perharps she will churn some interest in her piers the word goes around...

galina

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Sorry didn't see your question.  Went on the EU commission website and clicked 'contact' for Catherine Ashton.

galina

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Ho did you 'done' that Galina? I can't see anywhere to sign a petition or make a comment

To sign a petition you can go here:
http://helfen.global2000.at/de/node/19

The name of the petition is:
Gefahr für Saatgut durch neue Gesetze (danger for seed because of new laws)

I found this petition on the Arche Noah website (the site that Real Seeds refers to):
Fill in the boxes:

- Christian name
- Surname
- Email address
then click the small box to say you accept data protection conditions
finally, click the blue bar 'Jetzt unterstuetzen!' (which means ' support this cause now')

They nearly have the 100000 signatures they are aiming for.


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I have 'done' it too.

They now have over 102K and are heading for 120k. 

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What a strange, completely absurd and harmful law. I'm sorry I can't vote!
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I have 'done' it too.

They now have over 102K and are heading for 120k. 

Wow, that is some rise in numbers it was still below 100k when I signed yesterday and this morning 103,559! Email sent too.
Thanks for the link Galina and Sparrow for starting the thread.
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Just seen this and signed, 104k now   :blob7:

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goodlife

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Wow indeed..it was 97 000 when I signed it.

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"2013, the EU seed legislation is revised. The industry is lobbying for laws that threaten small seed dealers, nurseries, farming seeds and the varieties.
Seed exchange: Soon illegally?
The free exchange of seeds between farmers and gardeners could be punishable by law. Also endangered species should not be distributed without elaborate official approval.
ARCHE NOAH and GLOBAL 2000 advocating for a more sustainable EU seed law. To protect of the variety, the consumers and the peasant seed culture."

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To sign a petition you can go here:
http://helfen.global2000.at/de/node/19

BUMP!

goodlife

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I've got it on me now.. :blob8: I've just been sending some emails for different papers..
Some of them are so keen to publish any old rubbish so hopefully they would see fit to publish some gardening related 'news'.
Of course I didn't tell them that they publish 'rubbish'.. :angel11:
I'm doing my all to keep 'my' precious seeds safe.. :sunny: :glasses9:..there is still lot out there that I haven't got and I'm not going to turn outlaw as yet.. :angel11:  ..robin hood..robin hood..(and she fades away into back round singing alone..)

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Super effort Goodlife!  :blob7:

Had a look at Garden Organic's website and can't find anything about this.  Have emailed them yesterday and again today to Heritage Seed Library directly.  Hope to get a reply and, more importantly, hope they will get campaining themselves.  That would have a lot of clout behind it.
« Last Edit: April 25, 2013, 11:02:23 by galina »

 

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