30 Jan '15, 12pm

The seed saving rebellion is growing - and banging at the Commission's door

The seed saving rebellion is growing - and banging at the Commission's door

Rather than wait for the Commission, farmer and grower networks throughout the country are taking matters into their own hands to secure their future. We had a great growing season in 2014, and for us seed savers the dry summer and autumn provided perfect conditions for some really good seed. Highlights from my allotment were parsley (third generation seed) and Borlotti climbing bean (fifth generation). But things were more mixed at a political level, as legal shenanigans continued over the European Commission's proposed regulation on Plant Reproductive Material - seeds, cuttings and baby plants, to you and me. The ostensible purpose of the regulation is to simplify the existing confused and cumbersome laws, to provide a platform to increase exports to outside the EU, and to safeguard human health. But the regulation as proposed would have further sustained the dominance o...

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