Ferris criticises proposal to control plant seeds
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has criticised EU draft legislation that would prohibit the sale and distribution of unregistered seed varieties.
If the legislation is approved then only registered seeds will be licensed for sale. That would mean that market gardeners, organic farmers and gardeners would be prohibited from saving and propagating unregistered varieties.
Deputy Ferris said;
“While the framers of the proposal claim that one of their objectives is to protect bio-diversity, it will in fact have the opposite effect. Species have thrived and developed over the millennia for the very reason that different strains have been created by individuals who spend their lives growing and breeding plants.
“This proposal would in effect outlaw such experimentation, and increasingly confine seed production and propagation to large commercial enterprise.
“There is a suspicion that that in fact is the chief objective of this legislation which has the approval of agri business giants such as Monsanto who have made no secret of their desire to control the seed market through patents and bans such as that proposed.
“It is also no coincidence that the legislation would boost the sale of genetically modified strains, and the insecticides and other chemicals associated with them.”