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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:22 am    Post subject: EU proposing banning seeds swaps... Reply with quote

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/We_dont_accept_this_Let_us_keep_our_seeds_EU/?ctCLIbb
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 12:32 pm    Post subject: Why exactly are we in the EU Reply with quote

Shared and signed, thanks. I heard about this, its completely ridiculous Shocked How would they even police something like this!!??

Reminds me of this animation The Flower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMM_T_PJ0Rs
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yet at the same time, people are horrified that our ash trees may soon be a memory, and give out that there weren't enough controls on tree movement around europe.

you'd feel a bit sheepish if you were innocently seed swapping with someone in france, say, and inadvertently imported a disease into the country.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
yet at the same time, people are horrified that our ash trees may soon be a memory, and give out that there weren't enough controls on tree movement around europe.

you'd feel a bit sheepish if you were innocently seed swapping with someone in france, say, and inadvertently imported a disease into the country.


Is it not possible to disinfect/clean the seeds to prevent the spread of disease??? Maybe that would be a better directive to enact .. ...
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hasn't there been something similar to this in South America?
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There has to be some control , i agree with medieval knievel about the Ash trees, we control livestock for the same reasons.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Control. You got it in one!

To the best of my knowledge seed 'controls' are already in place?

These bureaucrats are just trying to keep themselves in jobs if you ask me all the while killing off the seed supply and pushing small farmers out to make way for the corporations.
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm trying to remember what happened in South America. I think there were subsistence farmers that had been saving and swapping their own seeds for centuries.

Then the government and World Bank insisted they move away from subsistence farming and grow cash crops instead. And provided them with the seed. Hybrid seed that produced sterile seeds.

Due to market forces, their cash crops provide income for a short period only. And the seeds they collected now were sterile. Forcing them to buy seed for the first time.

These controls are more about generating revenue than anything else.

As for the ash dieback, unitil the EU control the wind that has transmitted it... Confused
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