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New EU law to block gardeners collecting and growing from their own seeds.

Rachel ERachel E Posts: 2

Dear All 

Please let me draw attention to a new EU law which is currently trying to be brought in which would criminalise the act of collecting and then growing seeds from non-EU approved listed sources. This is not a hoax - even though it sounds too unbelievable to be true. Please investigate for yourselves. A good start is this link to an on-line petition.

Just imagine the implications!



  • Rachel ERachel E Posts: 2

    Sorry I just realised that most people (including myself) would not want to click on an internet link)

    To look at this yourself type 'real seeds in EU law' into your search engine and that will be a good place to start.

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,919

    So, how will they enforce this? They will have a job on there!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 498

    I am pretty sure that when you check the detail it will refer to commercial activity only, such as selling seed or growing crops for sale that have come from unauthorised seed. it won't apply to ordinary gardeners. 

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Will there be a 'seed police', like they are going to have to have the 'barley police' to stop people using barley to clear their ponds? If this rule does apply to domestic gardens I will completely ignore it; how else would we develop new varieties of flowers and veg?

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 498

    I get pretty het up about a lot of EU legislation (olive oil!), but I would like to know more before rubbishing this one. They may be trying to prevent illegal use of GM seeds by farmers, or the import of alien species considered harmful to native plants. The target will be commercial seed suppliers. They will not be trying to stop gardeners swopping seeds, just in the same way as the legislation on home made jams and cakes is not intended to stop you giving your produce to a friend. 

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Gold1locks, does the new law on homemade jams and cakes stop the W.I. from selling their stuff?

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 498

    Not this law, but the WI stopped selling cakes and jam a while back due to laws on food labelling, kitchen inspections etc.. And just a week or so ago it became illegal to sell jam   using recycled lids. Not sure where I stand on this one. 


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    G1l, the local ladies sell local stuff at the local market, are they revolutionaries? I DO hope soimage

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 498

    It is up to each local authority to decide whether to act or turn a blind eye. Many do.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Thank you for info.

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