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.