EC about to hand over power over seeds to seed giants
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PRESS RELEASE 2  May 2013

Amsterdam/Nijmegen – On Monday 6 May, the European Commission will vote on a proposal by the Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) for new seed regulations. Large seed companies have long pushed for these regulations in order to further strengthen their market positions. The new rules will mean that farmers and independent breeders will be forbidden to use old and rare seeds if they are not on the European varieties list. This threatens the exchange and sale of many currently available varieties, and thus also the cultivation of these crops. The regulations will cause a serious decline in agrobiodiversity. ASEED Europe, Platform Aarde Boer Consument, Stichting Zaadgoed and Cityplot, together with many other civil society organizations in Europe, are calling upon European Commissioner Neelie Kroes and all other commissioners with an international petition (1) to vote against the proposal.

Stop the EU Unitary Patent on Seeds!
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ASEED is against patents on seeds and for the accessibility of seeds for farmers and gardeners. As part of our campaign work we promote alternative networks that save and exchange the seeds and protect and maintain the agricultural diversity. But we really appreciate it that other organisations are following the developments with the European legislation in detail. Below you can read a press release from ‘No Patents on Seeds’ about the way the role of the European Court of Justice in patent cases is decimated and about the weakening of the breeders rights. Another alarming developments is that the procedures become so expensive that only corporations will be able to interfere in the process. For civil society organisations and farmers it will become almost impossible to react on proposed legislation in an official way.

Kokopelli-vonnis schaadt biodiversiteit en vrije zadenhandel
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Er is een uitspraak in de zaak Kokopelli, het Franse zaden-collectief. Het Europese Gerechtshof oordeelde op 12 juli 2012 dat een aantal Europese zadenrichtlijnen niet strijdig is met belangrijke rechtsbeginselen van de Unie. Daarmee bevestigde het Hof de marktdominantie van grote zadenbedrijven, de exportbelangen van de EU, en de nadruk … verder lezen

Collectief Kokopelli op weg naar overwinning op Europese regelgeving
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Nu even als moeilijke zin de conclusie van die Advocaat Generaal: “Het in artikel 3, lid 1, van richtlijn 2002/55/EG vastgestelde verbod om zaaizaad van rassen te verkopen die niet aantoonbaar onderscheidbaar, bestendig en voldoende homogeen zijn, noch in voorkomend geval voldoende cultuur- en gebruikswaarde hebben, is ongeldig wegens schending … verder lezen

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