Save our Seeds

Threat to Heritage Seeds, Seed Exchange and Biodiversity

On Monday 6 May, the European Commission will vote on a proposed reform of the regulation on seeds which threatens the rights of gardeners and farmers to freely exchange seeds. The proposed changes work in favour of the seed companies whilst they should be working to establish the rights of people to buy or exchange organic, local or traditional seeds and protect these seeds against patents. This legislation seriously threatens heritage and local seed varieties and if these are lost and not made available to gardeners and small farmers our biodiversity is threatened.
I do not get on my soap box very often, but I am incensed by these proposed changes. So if you care please sign the petition and make your voice heard.

Save our Seeds Petition

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11 thoughts on “Save our Seeds

    • Thanks for the reminder. We’re all very agitated about this in the islands as we produce and exchange our own cereal seed (small oats and rye) which are local varieties, so this new legislation will have a profound affect on traditional crofting. The seed is not commercially available and we couldn’t afford the cost of registration.

  1. Thanks Chris for this warning and to Hannah about the podcast – I will listen to find out more about it it. Petition will be signed as well.

  2. I have read and heard a lot about this recently… apparently six companies worldwide are responsible for deciding what food we grow, and EU farmers are not allowed to use their own seed saved from previous crops as it is not “safe”!? I could go on too. What a mad world! Will sign the petition too. Thanks for the link.

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