European Commission to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with government

(NaturalNews) A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy named the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”

It’s called the Plant Reproductive Material Law, and it attempts to put the government in charge of virtually all plants and seeds. Home gardeners who grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds would be considered criminals under this law.

The draft text of the law, which has already been amended several times due to a huge backlash from gardeners, is viewable here.

“This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers, and small-scale market farmers,” said Ben Gabel, vegetable breeder and director of The Real Seed Catalogue. “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.”

Virtually all plants, vegetable seeds and gardeners to eventually be registered by government

All governments are, of course, infatuated with the idea of registering everybody and everything. Under Title IV of the proposed EU law:

Title IV Registration of varieties in national and Union registers
The varieties, in order to be made available on the market throughout the Union, shall be included in a national register or in the Union register via direct application procedure to the CVPO.

Gardeners must also pay fees to the EU bureaucracy for the registration of their seeds. From the proposed law text:

The competent authorities and the CPVO should charge fees for the processing of
applications, the formal and technical examinations including audits, variety denomination, and the maintenance of the varieties for each year for the duration of
the registration.

While this law may initially only be targeted at commercial gardeners, it sets a precedent to sooner or later go after home gardeners and require them to abide by the same insane regulations.

Government bureaucracy gone insane

“This is an instance of bureaucracy out of control,” says Ben Gabel. “All this new law does is create a whole new raft of EU civil servants being paid to move mountains of papers round all day, while killing off the seed supply to home gardeners and interfering with the right of farmers to grow what they want. It also very worrying that they have given themselves the power to regulate and licence any plant species of any sort at all in the future – not just agricultural plants, but grasses, mosses, flowers, anything at all – without having to bring it back to the Council for a vote.”

As a hint of the level of insane bureaucracy that gardeners and vegetable growers will be subject to under this EU law, check out this language from the proposed EU law:

Specific provisions are set out on the registration in the Union variety register and with regard to the possibility for the applicant to launch an appeal against a CPVO decision. Such provisions are not laid down for the registration in the national variety
registers, because they are subject to national administrative procedures. A new obligation for each national variety examination centre to be audited by the CPVO will be introduced with the aim to ensure the quality and harmonisation of the variety registration process in the Union. The examination centre of the professional operators will be audited and approved by the national competent authorities. In case of direct application to the CPVO it will audit and approve the examination centres it uses for variety examination.

Such language is, of course, Orwellian bureaucraticspeak that means only one thing: All gardeners should prepare to be subjected to total government insanity over seeds, vegetables and home gardens. warns about any attempt to actually try to understand the law by reading it:

You cannot just read the first 5 pages or so that are an ‘executive summary’, and think you know what this law is about. The executive summary is NOT what will become the law. It is the actual Articles themselves that become law, the Summary has no legal standing and is just tacked on as an aid to the public and legislators, it is supposed to give background information and set the proposed legislation in context so people know what is going on and why.

The problem with this law has always been that the Summary says lots of nice fluffy things about preserving biodiversity, simplifying legislation, making things easier etc – things we all would love – but the Articles of the law actually do completely the opposite. And the Summary is not what becomes the law.

For example, the Summary of drafts 1, 2 & 3 talked about making things easier for ‘Amateur’ varieties. But the entire class of Amateur vegetables – which we have spent 5 years working with DEFRA to register – was actually abolished entirely in the Articles right from the start. Yet the Summary , and press releases based on it, still talked about how it will help preserve Amateur varieties! The Summary is completely bogus. Do not base your views of the law on it!

So, be warned. By all means, read it yourself. But you have the ignore the Summary as that is not the Law, and does not reflect what is in the Law.

As you might suspect, this move is the “final solution” of Monsanto, DuPont and other seed-domination corporations who have long admitted their goal is the complete domination of all seeds and crops grown on the planet. By criminalizing the private growing of vegetables — thereby turning gardeners into criminals — EU bureaucrats can finally hand over full control of the food supply to powerful corporations like Monsanto.

Most heirloom seeds to be criminalized

Nearly all varieties of heirloom vegetable seeds will be criminalized under this proposed EU law. This means the act of saving seeds from one generation to the next — a cornerstone of sustainable living — will become a criminal act.

In addition, as Gabel explains, this law “…effectively kills off development of home-garden seeds in the EU.”

This is the ultimate wish of all governments, of course: To criminalize any act of self-reliance and make the population completely dependent on monopolistic corporations for their very survival. This is true both in the USA and the EU. This is what governments do: They seize control, one sector at a time, year after year, until you are living as nothing more than a total slave under a globalist dictatorial regime.

An online petition has already been started on this issue and has garnered nearly 25,000 signatures so far.

NOAH’S ARK and 240 other organizations from 40 European countries have also initiated an “open letter” appealing to Brussels bureaucrats to stop the insanity. Click here for a translated version of their petition.

I saw this coming

By the way, I am on the record predicting this exact scenario. Read Chapter Three of my fiction book, “Freedom Chronicles 2026.” (Read it FREE, online.) It depicts a seed smuggler living in a time when seeds are criminalized and people earn a living as professional seed smugglers.

In my book, a woman uses a specially-crafted breast prosthesis to smuggle seeds to “underground gardeners” in full defiance of laws crafted by Monsanto. A vast underground network of grassroots gardeners and scientists manage to put together a “seed weapon” to destroy GMOs and take back the food supply from evil corporations.

Mark my words: Seeds are about to become contraband. Anyone who grows their own food is about to be targeted as a criminal. The governments of the world, conspiring with corporations like Monsanto, do not want any individual to be able to grow their own food.

This is about total domination of the food supply and the criminalizing of gardeners. And this is what big government always does after centralizing sufficient power. All governments inherently seek total control over the lives of everyone, and if you don’t set boundaries and limits for government (i.e. the Bill of Rights), it eventually runs roughshod over all freedoms and liberties, including the freedom to grow your own food.

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34 Responses to "European Commission to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with government"

  1. felicity  May 7, 2013 at 4:21 am


    • Francesca Fiore  May 7, 2013 at 4:35 am

      Ditto !

    • Steve  May 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

      “plant reproductive material exchanged in kind between two persons other than professional operators is excluded from the scope of the Regulation.” Joe Gardener replanting his crop isnt even covered. This is about the creation of GM and Hybrid breeds of crop, not about the propagation of existing species. Study some law, read all 147 pages.

    • Kimmy  May 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you, Steve, for the common sense reply. Seriously, how do you imagine such a thing would be enforced on the average home gardener? This protest has been set in motion by the new law’s actual targets – Monsanto, and their ilk. They want you to be paranoid enough to fight for their right to poison you with GMOs.

    • KimKim  May 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      But Steve, aren’t local market farmers “professional operators”? Wouldn’t that affect the entire organic farmer’s market?

    • Tanea Saul  June 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Write to every person in power you can think will have to reply, tell your friends, sign petitions, buy local and organic if you can, support small off the grid businesses, ask retailers if their product is GM free, local, organic etc, make art, take photos of beauty and diversity in nature, take photos where it is absent, be on the picket lines, join a like minded group, make your own food, grow a garden – save your seeds – keep believing a decent future for our children and theirs and theirs is possible. USe your imagination, envisage the best world for us all. It has to help.

  2. Sarah Haines  May 7, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Start a petition on Avaaz, this has to be stopped. There is NO WAY I will buy GMO if I can grow organic at home. It is my Right to choose. Take that right away and the world is f…..d!

    • Ted  May 7, 2013 at 5:04 am

      I believe the world is already f….d:(

    • Dana  May 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

      It’s is yes, our right to choose …. but they walk right through those petitions everyday. This won’t be stopped. :(

  3. James  May 7, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Please SIGN PETITION & help stop this absurdity!

  4. Jonathan Hedlin  May 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

    here’s an avaaz petition with just under 2 million signatures. You should sign this.
    also consider donating a few dollars to the cause against Monsanto!

  5. Frank  May 7, 2013 at 8:12 am

    sounds like a good book. I hope things dont get that bad though

  6. Sebastian  May 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Who in their right mind can even think of legislating nature?
    The earth is not ours to do what we want with!

  7. Brandon  May 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

    When they tell us we can no longer plant vegetables and harvest animals for food; it is time we harvest these a55h0les and plant them in the ground.

  8. ann  May 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    THEY are crazed control freaks with ALL the power and don’t give a shit about Gaia – but she will bite them in their sorry asses one day, when we are all disposed ofxx

  9. Logic  May 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Dana: You are incorrect about Avaaz petitions not helping. Go to their and look at the success they have had so far. They have over 20 000 000 members that get Emailed when someone starts a petition there and those kinds of numbers do and have worked.
    Their most recent success was to stop the use of bee killing insecticides in the EU and they have saved the Internet from being policed and censored on all the numerous occasions that bills have tried to pass.

  10. outsidepuppets  May 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I also think this is in r4esponse to the GMO Monsanto latest bollox. Not about little gardeners us. Apparently they are actually trying to protect us… (This is beside the point here but I’m starting to doubt avaaz and the likes… I ll stop doubting when someone else than themselves give me evidences of their winnings.)

  11. outsidepuppets  May 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    This website is becoming annoying as its often more alarmist than researched and reasoned. You re gonna lose me soon if continue like so.

  12. simbalaga  May 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    While it would truly be terrible if everything you mention in this post were true…

    Steve’s comment points out one flaw in your assessment of this law, and also it states within the text of the law “As under this Regulation the definition of operator does not include private persons, the term ‘professional operator’ is used.”

    …does NOT include private persons!!

  13. mel  May 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I hate all this legal bs. These days you have to read everything yourself to know what’s really there. The government will tell you all is fine and conspiracy websites will tell you the world is going to hell -_-

  14. Miriam  May 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    My eyes were opened to this issue when I saw the documentary Food Inc. But I never expected the European government to be so gullible and give in to Monsanto and other companies as they are doing now.
    Small companies and farmers should be free to develop their own seeds without GM. Consumers should have the right to choose their food based on origin.
    This law truly worries me. And I am not a conspiracy theorist, just a concerned civilian and consumer.

  15. Sandra  May 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    On page 13, art. 8…”.repealing Council Directive 90/220/EEC16, Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on genetically modified food and feed” A disaster for the future.. especially for future generations.. Goodbye Organic. I have been signing every petition I see out there…in the U.S. and Europe, against GMO’s, pesticides that are killing the bees, Monsanto Round Up and Monsanto seeds.. and all the rest of them. Looks like nothing will help as every government has been snowed…blackmailed.. or promised something! Obama is in bed with Monsanto too. He approved the Monsanto Round Up seeds and their other pesticides for 2 more years.. Even if private gardeners won’t be found or fined, they eventually won’t find seeds that aren’t genetically modified, unless they save their seeds year after year. In the meantime, everything on the shelves of supermarkets will contain the GMO filled products…with their GMO wheat, corn,soy and sugar beets
    .. Monsanto wants you to close your eyes, open your mouth, and swallow….they make millions while slowly killing us all. I wonder what the Monsanto, Bayer, etc. owners and employees are eating..

  16. Havenfor Plants  May 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Only one thought about all this – New World Order. They have the oil, the banks, the politicians, the governments, the gold, the large companies and won’t stop until they have total control :D It’s all being done through the back door in the hope no-one will notice and when we eventually do realise what’s going on – “Too late” comes the reply :D

  17. Poopbarph Guchenheimer  May 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Go read the bill for yourselves people. There is no new world order, there is no quotable control over natural resources. The fact remains that energy can be pulled out of the air and the internet cannot be filtered. As long as this is happening there will be no end. PERIOD.

  18. L.Velinov  May 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    let them come in Bulgaria and try this law. We are waiting :D

  19.  May 19, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Ghandi said he would break any unjust law and I suggest doing the same. They can only control you of you allow it to be so. Just say no and rise up with others who are doing the same. Monsanto and governments are NOT more powerful than life. So do what you can to change your life by buying only organic and local. Keep positive and ask your local restaurants what ingredients they use in their food to avoid anything nonorganic that is corn or soy. It is then time for each one of us take responsibility for our lives and stop demanding on the systems that are broken. Save your money go solar and organic.

  20. Jorge Mendes  June 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Monsanto is pulling the strings yet again, the Controlling step of the Illuminati Pyramid –


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