In July 2023, the European Commission tabled two proposals for legislation that will be decisive for the future of our agri-food systems (Production and marketing of plant reproductive material ; Production and sale of plants produced by certain new genomic techniques).
In 2013, a first Commission’s proposal to reform the EU seed marketing law failed to address agrobiodiversity issues. Although certain legal aspects have been improved this time, the new proposal introduced in tandem with that on GMOs, promotes a significant path dependency threatening food sovereignty and security.
It is the utmost responsibility of everyone in positions of power to act to prevent our European food supply from becoming even more concentrated in the hands of a handful of industrial players.
Key points guiding our vision:
Find out more by reading here the report of the seed conference held at the European Parliament on November 28 2023, and here our analysis of the worrying overlaps between the GMOs and seed marketing laws.
Another highly recommended resource for better understanding what’s at stake is the short documentary "Seeds of Europe" directed by Lennart Kleinschmidt and Lotta Schwenkert.
Showcasing both the diversity of Europe's agricultural ecosystems and a widely shared struggle for recognition of alternative seed practices, this short film pays great tribute to the people working to regenerate cultivated biodiversity.
“Seeds of Europe“ explores the lives and struggles of artisanal seed growers across six diverse countries in Europe. From Ireland to the Alps – from Eastern Europe to the Mediterranean, this short documentary spans language barriers, different climate regions and biographies, weaving them together into a story about the hard work necessary to preserve our cultivated heritage. “Seeds of Europe” tells the human stories behind the craftsmanship of seed-cultivation and preservation that has been handed down through generations. What does the future hold for cultivated plants and seeds in Europe? How do small producers of cultivated plant diversity view the situation? What do they hope for?