Dear Ms Geoghegan-Quinn,
I have recently been made aware of the upcoming proposed changes to
EU seed marketing law. This proposed new regulation will de facto ban
old and rare varieties and farmers varieties and stop the exchange and
selling of traditional seeds.
The apparent background to this is that DG SANCO (the Directorate
General of the EU for Sanitary and Consumer affairs) has been working on
a proposal for a new regulation driven by lobbying of the big
agricultural seed companies. Apparently, however, two other EU
directorates, DG AGRI (agricultural affairs) and DG ENVI (environmental
affairs) both opposed the last draft of the proposal because it was so
bad for agriculture and biodiversity. DG SANCO is now pushing ahead with
the new law by putting it directly to the Commission this week.
I would urge you to vote against the current proposal, as it impacts
everyone who cares about our seeds and our freedom to save, use, and
Given our Irish heritage and background in agriculture and indeed the
many rare and beautiful varieties unique to our country, it is vital
that you understand how the proposal for a new EU seed legislation will
affect the cultural and biodiversity heritage of Ireland, and the
freedom of farmers and growers to use the seeds and the varieties they
want to. By forcing registration of all varieties of every crop species
that exists, the new law will prohibit old, rare and traditional
public-domain farm varieties. This will guarantee huge profits for the
seed industry but will be a terrible loss to the people of Europe as our
agricultural heritage is outlawed overnight!
I would urge you SAY NO TO PROHIBITION OF SEEDS OF DIVERSITY! VOTE NO….
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There is urgent action needed to avoid damage by the upcoming new EU regulation of seed marketing. The new regulation will de facto ban old and rare varieties and farmers varieties and...
There is urgent action needed to avoid damage by the upcoming new EU
regulation of seed marketing. The new regulation will de facto ban old
and rare varieties and farmers varieties and threaten the exchange and
selling of seeds of diversity. DG SANCO (the General Direction of the EU
for Sanitary and Consumer affairs) has been working on a proposal for a
new regulation since years. On Monday, the 6th of May they will present
their proposal to the conference of commissioners. They could not get a
consensus of the two other affected DGs, DG AGRI (agricultural affairs)
and DG ENVI (environmental affairs). Both opposed the last draft of the
proposal, and DG SANCO is not looking for a consensus. The new
regulation has mainly been drafted by Isabelle Clement-Nissou, an
employee of GNIS, the French lobby of the Seed Industry. Madame
Clement-Nissou was sent as a national expert to Brussels by the French
government and is supposed to "support" DG SANCO. The drafts for the
proposal became worse from the first to the second draft; and it is
expected that the final proposal is going into the same direction. Since
there is no consensus between the three DGs, the commissioners have to
vote on the proposal. If a majority of commissioners votes against the
proposal, it should be stopped. If they vote in favour, it will be
given to the EU Parliament and to the Council. The seed industry is
pushing the legislation, because they've spent a lot of money to
influence the seed legislation. Furthermore, they don't want it to be
postponed after the election of a new parliament in May 2014. They take
the risk that the commissioners vote against it – and we think: the
commissioners should do so! There is only a little chance to get a
majority of commissioners to vote against the current proposal, but we
still should try. Each country of the EU has one commissioner in
Brussels, so we need 14 votes against the proposal. The commissioners of
DG AGRI and DG ENVI should vote against, so we need 12 more.
Please write to the commissioner of your country and convince him/her to vote "NO" on the proposal of DG SANCO on 6th of May.
Try to make a link from his/her department to the seed issue, and try
to make clear to him/her that the proposal for a new EU seed
legislation will affect the cultural and biodiversity heritage of your
country and the freedom of farmers to use the seeds and the varieties
they want to.
NO PROHIBITION OF SEEDS OF DIVERSITY! By the obligation to register
varieties before marketing, the new regulation will be a de facto
prohibition of old and rare varieties and of farmer varieties. Please
write to your commissioner in Brussels no later than the 28th. He/she
has to make a statement on the proposal from 24th of April on, the
sooner, the better. On the 6th of May, we must obtain at least 14
objections, otherwise this proposal will become the official proposal.