• Petition in Zeichnung

    at 05 Jun 2013 23:21

    Dear supporter of the petition „Zadendiversiteit wordt bedreigd: Geen Europese regulering ten gunste van de zadenindustrie“!

    Thank you for supporting our petition! Six weeks ago it went online, and in total, in more than 15 languages (cf. www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN/), we now have over 44.000 signatures from all over Europe and beyond.
    If anybody would like to translate this posting into Dutch to get posted here, please do so and send it back to info@seed-sovereignty.org . Thanks in advance!

    What happened in the last few weeks?

    On Monday the 6th of May, the EU Commission approved a proposal of the Plant Reproductive Material (PRM) marketing regulation, based on an earlier Nov 2012 draft criticized by our petition. The proposal however includes a provision for „niche“ varieties, and this is only due to the pressures collectively put on the politicians.

    There are a number of criticisms of this proposal, see for example the press release of the Campaign for Seed-Sovereignty in German (www.saatgutkampagne.org/eine-nische-macht-noch-keinen-sommer.html ) or in English the one from “Arche Noah” (Noah's ark) www.saatgutkampagne.org/130507_press_release_Arche_Noah.PDF and the one of the German umbrella organisation for crop and livestock biodiversity, "Seed that can be saved is disappearing from the market" www.kulturpflanzen-nutztiervielfalt.org/seed-can-be-saved-disappearing-market .

    The demands of our petition stand, and will now be directed to the members of the EU Parliament and EU Council of Ministers.

    Ahead of the vote on 6 May, six commissioners were informed about the petition as well as the current number of signatures on each of the languages. We demanded they reject the regulation, but it passed regardless.

    It is now important to emphasize the demands that a new EU seed regulation must create the right conditions for seeds of diversity, farm bred varieties and varieties uniquely suited for organic culture by virtue of their genetic diversity.

    In the coming weeks and months we will count on your help for this, as we talk to member of the EU Parliament and/or stand up in other ways politically for our demands. From 15 to 19 July the MEPs have their „constituency weeks”, cf www.europarl.europa.eu/pdf/general/cal2013.pdf . For external parliamentary activities they should be in their home countries. Maybe you would like to try to organize discussions with them on the seed issue? This would be very important, if they are members of the AGRI or the ENVI committee!

    Sincerely,
    Andreas Riekeberg

    Campaign for Seed-Sovereignty
    www.seed-sovereignty.org/NL/

    P.S.: Please forward this link to friends to sign the petition in Dutch: www.openpetition.de/petition/online/zadendiversiteit-wordt-bedreigd-geen-europese-regulering-ten-gunste-van-de-zadenindustrie#googtrans(de%7Cnl) (including the brackets)

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