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our statement: “The
currently available texts for the new EU seed regulation will
promote a concentration of the seed market into the hands of a
small number of seed industry corporations. This is unacceptable.
A new EU seed regulation must allow diversity varieties, varieties
for small-scale farming and ecologically adapted breeding. Diverse
varieties must be available not only in gene banks, but on the
open market too, without any bureaucratic restrictions.“
best way to allow diverse varieties on the open market is to make
a shift from a compulsory system of registration and certification
to a voluntary one.
Latest in the Battle to Reform EU Seed Laws (2013-02-24)
Bad new EU-seed law ahead!
DG SANCO (Directorate General for Health and Consumers) of the
EU-Commission is working on a revision of the EU Seed Laws,
currently a series of directives interpreted under national law,
to be replaced by a single regulation that will come into force
directly in all the 27 EU member states without local
interpretation. This would suit the needs of seed multinationals
which want uniform laws in all their markets, but would harm the
diverse structures of agriculture and the diverse use and
production of seeds. If you want to act on behalf of
seed-sovereignty, for farmers and seed-savers, you have to become
active in the coming months!
current draft of the proposed regulation, from Nov. 2012,
contains some draconian measures for farm-based production seeds,
and diversity of plant varieties. Farmers as seed producers would
be subject to the same obligations of registration and regulation
as multinational seed company operators. Varieties of
diversity and old varieties would be endangered, and the
free exchange of seeds and other propagation material could
effectively be forbidden. If varieties have to be registered and
to pass extensive testing, this would put up unreasonably high
barriers for farmers, consumers and the diversity in agriculture
The European Seed Association, lobby
organisation of the seed multinationals, has two main aims. First
to control the niche markets and make them unattractive, and
second to register all producers of farm saved seed in order to
collect royalties from them. They are also trying to combine the
testing and evaluation for plant variety protection (PVP) and the
licensing for marketing, and to privatize the entire process. This
would hit the small companies and farmers, who would face
increasing and unreasonable testing and evaluation costs, for each
single variety of seed they wish to use.
current draft regulation was written by DG SANCO. Before it
becomes an official proposal of the EU-Commission, DG AGRI
(Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development) and the
DG ENVI (Directorate General for the Environment) have to agree to
it‘s contents. At the moment there are several points of
This opens a window we should use to struggle for
more diversity, for open pollinated varieties (versus ”hybrid”
varieties), and for more diverse seeds in the hands of farmers,
gardeners and seed savers.
demands for a new EU seed law:
regulation of seed exchange by seed savers and farmers!
mandatory registration or certification for open pollinated
discrimination against organic varieties by standards for
registration, certification and plant health!
on breeding methods and intellectual property rights (patents
and/or plant variety protection) of registered varieties!
definition of varieties: not only homogeneous and stable
varieties, but also open pollinated, selected from populations!
privatization of registration and certification!