31 Jan '14, 10am

MEPs vote against EU seed Regulation - News in Brief - The Ecologist

MEPs vote against EU seed Regulation - News in Brief - The Ecologist

EU seed policies must be based on the principle of diversity, not corporate uniformity and tailoring seed to be dependent on agro-chemical inputs. The European Parliament's Environment Committee has voted for the Commission to withdraw its proposal for a Regulation on agricultural seeds and other plant reproductive material. They rejected the Regulation - with a decisive 46-4 vote - because it would concentrate power among just five companies that dominate the seed market, and discriminate against non-industrial traditional plant varieties rich in genetic diversity. Blatant support for an anti-competitive industry "The regulation discriminates against any other seeds than industrial ones" , said MEP Pavel Poc, for the Socialists & Democrats Group. "Plants other than industrial ones - the so-called bio-diverse plants - are limited to small and bureaucratic niches. This mean...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2261055/me...

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