Saturday, January 11, 2014

EU To Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Unregistered Gardens

If the global domination is allowed to take root, biotech and Big Agra will control the world food supply, at the expense of personal liberty.

Aaron Dykes
Activist Post

Because independence is the greatest of all crimes under the emerging global government, which essentially works to protect the dominance established by the biggest of corporations, who participate, in turn, as de facto members of the ruling oligarchy – and in baby steps through the EU, and emerging North American Union, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, et al.

Related: Trans-Pacific Partnership Breaks Down Sovereignty and GMO Protections via Intellectual Property Rights

The U.S. has already seen its fair share of cases where backyard gardens and rain collectors are raided by SWAT teams, shut down through regulations and otherwise intimidated out of proliferation.

Now, official policies to support this kind of dominance by biotech, pesticide companies and other plays in big agribusiness are being pushed through in Europe, in this case by the European Commission through a truly bunk proposed law.

Arjun Walia, from Collective-Evolution.com, writes:
The European Commission is changing the European Union’s plant legislation, apparently to enhance food safety across the continent. This move has sparked a heavy opposition from many, saying that the measure will threaten seed diversity and favour large agrochemical businesses. This new law creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe. 
The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants. It contains restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees, as well as all other plants of any species. It will be illegal to grow, reproduce, or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been been tested and approved by the government, more specifically the “EU Plant Variety Agency.” [...] The new law basically puts the government in charge of all plants and seeds in Europe, and prevents home gardeners from growing their own plants from non-regulated seeds. If they did, they would now be considered criminals.


If this takes root as law in Europe and elsewhere, it will contribute towards the total subjugation of the people to the undue powers granted to biotech and Big Agra.

The Real Seed Catalogue has warned about this tyrannical law and the business interests behind it. They say that under this bad law, “It costs nearly £3000 to test & register just one single variety of seed for sale“:
This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers and small scale market farmers. Home gardeners have really different needs – for example they grow by hand, not machine, and can’t or don’t want to use such powerful chemical sprays. There’s no way to register the varieties suitable for home use as they don’t meet the strict criteria of the Plant Variety Agency, which is only concerned about approving the sort of seed used by industrial farmers – Ben Gabel, Director of The Real Seed Catalogue
According to the Real Seed Catalogue, the bill was heard by the EU Environment and Agriculture committees, but has been reworked due to significant public outcry. As of Nov. 2013, they reported, “The feedback we’re getting from all the MEPs is that they are receiving hundreds of emails, and they really know that there is a problem and that gardeners are worried!“

A community petition posted on Avaaz.org titled “We don’t accept this. Let us keep our seeds EU!” is nearing 100,000 signatures and may have worthwhile influence in convincing Europe’s unelected bureaucrats to drop this ridiculous corporate interest law. Click here to view and sign.

Additionally, you can personalize the form letter posted on the Real Seed Catalogue and send it to the appropriate members of the European Parliament to let them know the public is watching with disdain.

This kind of tactic was literally used in the occupation of Iraq, by the way, where Bush appointee Paul Bremmer instituted the so-called 100 Orders of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) that in one part forced Iraqi farmers to use only registered seeds, essentially jeopardizing thousands of thousands of years of heirloom seed agriculture, dating back to Mesopotamia.

Instead, it strong armed most farmers into using genetically-modified seeds – even as new corporate friendly agricultural cropped up to grow a brand new corn industry to grow, in turn to grow fodder for its brand new beef cattle industry.

As Global Research aptly explained in their 2005 article, "Biopiracy and GMOS: The Fate of Iraq’s Agriculture":
Order 81 deals specifically with Plant Variety Protection (PVP) because it is designed to protect the commercial interests of corporate seed companies. Its aim is to force Iraqi farmers to plant so-called “protected” crop varieties ‘defined as new, distinct uniform and stable’, and most likely genetically modified. This means Iraqi farmers will have one choice; to buy PVP registered seeds. Order 81 opens the way for patenting (ownership) of plant forms, and facilitates the introduction of genetically modified crops or organisms (GMOs) to Iraq. U.S. agricultural biotechnology corporations, such as Monsanto and Syngenta will be the beneficiaries. [4] Iraqi farmers will be forced to buy their seeds from these corporations. GMOs will replace the old tradition of breeding closely related plants, and replace them with organisms composed of DNA from an altogether different species, e.g., bacterium genes into corn. In the long run, there won’t be a big enough gene pool for genetic viability. 
Upon purchasing the patented seeds, farmers must sign the company’s technology agreement (Technology User Agreements). This agreement allows the company to control farmers’ practices and conduct property investigation. The farmer becomes the slave of the company. Like U.S. farmers, Iraqi farmers will be “harassed for doing what they have always done.” For example, Iraqi farmers can be sued by Monsanto, if their non-GMO crops are polluted by GMO crops planted in their vicinity. [5] The health and environmental consequences of GMO crops are still unknown. GMO-based agriculture definitely encourages monoculture and genetic pollution. Moreover, this will further increase the already polluted Iraqi environment as a result of tens of thousands of tons of ‘depleted’ uranium dust, napalm, chemical weapons, and phosphorous bombs. 
Farmers will also be required to buy fertilisers, herbicides and insecticides, against plants disease. Iraqi farmers will be required to pay royalties for the new seeds and they will be forbidden from saving seeds. In other words, Iraqi farmers will become agricultural producers for export, a recipe for the introduction of hunger in Iraq, not unknown in many developing countries. Unless an independent sovereign Iraqi government repeals these edicts, they will override Iraq’s original patent law of 1970, which, in accordance with the Iraqi constitution, prohibited private ownership of biological resources. 
Furthermore, Order 81 ignores Iraqi farmers’ old traditions of saving seeds, and using their knowledge to breed and plant their crops. It also brutally disregards the contributions which Iraqi farmers have made over hundreds of generations to the development of important crops like wheat, barley, dates and pulses. If anybody owns those varieties and their unique virtues, it is the families who bred them, even though nobody has described or characterized them in terms of their genetic makeup. If anything, the new law — in allowing old varieties to be genetically manipulated or otherwise modified and then “registered” — involves the theft of inherited intellectual property, the loss of farmers’ freedoms, and the destruction of food sovereignty in Iraq.
Unbelievable! (But true.)


Aaron Dykes is a co-founder of TruthstreamMedia.com, where this first appeared. As a writer, researcher and video producer who has worked on numerous documentaries and investigative reports, he uses history as a guide to decode current events, uncover obscure agendas and contrast them with the dignity afforded individuals as recognized in documents like the Bill of Rights.


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35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really unbelievable, the greed of these international corporations knows no bounds.
They want to ensure their monopoly on food where ever they have the power to do so.

Anonymous said...

One fine day people are just going to say F^^K you to these morons.....

Anonymous said...

Capitalism must be balanced with socialism or it will run like a great
cancer, consuming everything in it's path. We are witnessing this with
our own eyes today. It must be stopped.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately, the EU is about to come apart, so shortly this legislation will only apply to whoever is left. In fact this law will provide citizens with another huge incentive to break away from the EU.

In today's world, international laws and treaties are arbitrary so countries can just do what they want and obey or not obey. We have the lawlessness of America for making this practice dominant today.

Anonymous said...

If this passes; which it might illegally since corporations own the elections & the officials, it must be actively defied by EVERYONE or all is lost.

Anonymous said...

The idea that 'capitalism must be balanced with socialism' gets all fouled up in definitions. If using government power to favor the well connected corporations is 'capitalism,' then we need a new word for free people partaking in free exchange of goods and services. Socialism does not work for such a definition. The system we have today is what Hitler called 'fascism,' the melding of state and corporate power.
Terminology is always slippery.

The Count of Al Dente said...

People around the world should have known this sort of thing would be coming. Organic seed smuggling will become a big underground black market.

William Burke said...

Will the REAL Anonymous please stand up?

Osvaldo Lugo said...

This will happen if you don't stand up. It is every individual's responsibility to stand up against this NOW before its too late. Go against nature your screwed, its been around for so long doing and being it will adjust but maybe not in our favor.

Anonymous said...

If everybody refused to follow Monsanto's 'law' it would become impossible to enforce. Farmers across the world need to unite and absolutely refuse to accept any 'law' that is lobbied into existence by Monsanto. This is a direct assault on nature and humanity.

yvonneforsman said...

This is a comment to the person who said capitalism must be balanced with socialism. I used to live in Sweden where they had a private market economy mixed with social responsibility, meaning nationalised medicine, unemployment pay, not esy for meployers to fire employees etc. The situation there is now different, the social responsibility system is eroded thanks to right wing parties in power for several years, but it did work in the past, I have lived in the system, I appreciated it and I believe the whole world needs such or a similar system with private businesses and social safety net provided equaly for all citizens. Other than that, the Zeitgeist Movement has a lot of ideas for how to manage the future for us all, economy included, for anyone who is interested finding solutions and fighting for them.

Anonymous said...

http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_propagation_material/review_eu_rules/docs/faq_regulation_proposal_en.pdf

Stop lying, please. The exact opposite of what this article claims is true.

Q: Is the new proposal going to regulate what people plant in their gardens?
A: Private gardeners and farmers who use seeds and plants and produce them for their own consumption are not covered by this proposal. The proposal only concerns the marketing of plant reproductive material, and production of that material with a view to marketing.

Daruka said...

That will never fly here in the Netherlands. We have gardens everywhere.

Anonymous said...

This is not just about greed and corporate power. Such a dark scenario allows for the feeding and (lack of) nourishment for humanity. This would further weaken humans on all levels, physical, emotional, mental and most importantly to those who fight against it, spiritually.

The door would be open for specifically adulterated seeds and plants, designed to lower vitality and to imbalance the human energy field which is our protection and vehicle whilst we are 'alive'.

The UK is (allegedly) holding an open referendum on leaving the puppet group called the EU, which is being offered as a carrot on a stick in an attempt to return
the Tories to power. We can only hope that enough sleeping humans wake up in time to smell the fire starting to burn and use their innate power to push to puppets out.

Peace to All

Jonah said...

Disturbing stuff.

Yes, I think it is indeed every individual's responsibility to do what they can and to the best of their ability. If that is, you are not simply weighed down by the consequences of living under psychopathic rule and either scratching a living to survive and/or compromised by the sea of pathology in which we live and have our being. Many of us are without even knowing it.

The time to have headed off this psycho-subversion was pre-9/11. Defending truth and freedom is essential but without the idea that we can change the world. I'm afraid the world is on a trajectory that only massive collective shocks will alter.

Anonymous said...

People should just start planting everywhere that there is ground on the earth. Including hemp. Gandhi did just that with the salt. He just said no. To letters that can have huge impact...

Anonymous said...

This land was built on farming, fk you bro!

Anonymous said...

Uk should just make friends with Russia, or else, pay the consequences.

Anonymous said...

the UE is a dum thing they think they can have the old rome back this world is like befor WW2 if they starve with there big experment then let them ww3 is coming and theres nothing we can do about it if they want to play god they will pay for it

Anonymous said...

i think that thigs look like befor WW2 if they want to play god and make people starvie the EU wont work they depend on to miny other countys but i see WW3 coming soon too many hungrey poeple make bad deshions

Anonymous said...

This might be far more than government enforced food monopolies. Let's put together two cutting edge biotechnologies known to be in the research stage: 1. Food as vaccine, wherein GMO foods can have not only allegedly greater nutrition than non GMO, but also may immunize people against various illnesses, 2. The US military and its research into vaccines against PTSD and anxiety. Could foods be created that would immunize people against harsh emotions? Nice calming bread, relaxing tins of corn, anti revolutionary pot roast? I think there is more here than merely the short term goal of corporate profits.

Dan said...

Anonymous #3, this is not capitalism, this is fascism. Capitalism is about private ownership of private property, fascism is about heavy regulations for the benefit of the State.

Dan said...

Anonymous 1/12/2014 @ 10:44 AM, reminds me of the V for Vendetta movie, where they used pharmaceuticals for that purpose. In real life, there have been proposals about putting lithium in the water supply "to prevent suicide"

tomas rader said...

Go ahead and agree to it ... the contract ... then do what you want. That kind of American lawlessness means the contract isn't worth the paper its written on. Corporations r counting on enforcement field agents ... really underpaid dim bulb public servants to enforce this BS. LA county gave up on illegal immigrant unlicensed drivers from Mexico so that made it legal to license them. They didn't have the popo necessary to round up the lawbreakers. Seriously... the EU farmers could get together with the pot farmers and take the risks. U gonna have the state genetically screen each grain on the truck?

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as free market capitalism in this world. What we are seeing is at the least, corporatism. At worst, we are seeing a merger of corporatism and government, aka facism. Yes, it must be stopped. But socialism isn't the answer.

Anonymous said...

Exactly.

Anonymous said...

Evil: Gates, Soros, Rinehart, Pilmer, Allen, and all the rest of the billionaire scoundrel swine!

Anonymous said...

Whether private gardens are excluded or not, this is dangerous: all it takes is for a disease to sweep through one variant of plant, & that's it. A disturbing blend of corporatism and statism

rjhuntington said...

This entire plant control scheme is outrageous in the extreme and if it goes forward will lead to revolution. Corporate rule is Fascism. Fascism is tyranny.

Anonymous said...

simply put, it's coming down to us against them

Anonymous said...

@ the comment "capitalism must be balanced with socialism..." Are you serious? Or just seriously crazy. This attempt to strike out the individualism represented by planting diverse seeds is not in any way capitalism. This twisted idea is akin to wiping out individualism itself. That my uneducated blogoblabber, is collectivism. Collectivism is being run by corporatism...which is not NOT NOT capitalism. It seeks to destroy individualism, making everyone reliant on the state. That is socialistic collectivism.

Capitalism ended during the industrial revolution, when industrialists began using collectivism as a means to control the individualistic ideas of the middle classes. This is now devolved into a fascism leading to a collectivist authoritarian worldview. Capitalsim left the building before any of us were born. We have never known true capitalism. Corporatist fascism is the force behind this. Read John Gatto's book"Weapons of Mass Instruction" for a clear view of how individualism is being stomped out, and who has done it. Also the motive.

Anonymous said...

Eu Scum

Anonymous said...

The main advantage of F1 hybrids in agriculture is also their drawback. When F1 cultivars are used for the breeding of a new generation, their offspring (F2 generation) will vary greatly from one another. Some of the F2 generation will be high in homozygous genes, as found in the weaker parental generation, and these will have a depression in yield and lack the hybrid vigour. From the point of view of a commercial seed producer which does not wish its customers to produce their own seed, this genetic assortment is a desired characteristic.

Anonymous said...

There is bees innit ? Test the pollen i you will be ok with GMO.

mony hussein said...

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