Growing your own is under threat, particularly with moves to criminalize seed sharing within communities and seed libraries.
The powers that be would love for people to simply stop growing their own food crops, and in particular from growing any viable self-sustaining communities.
John Kohler of the popular Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens You Tube channel, interviews some key figures about the mounting issue of targeting small scale seed libraries by demonizing them and what they represent.
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ breaks the news that seed sharing in the USA has been deemed not legal and certain organizations are prohibited from freely sharing seeds…
Watch this interview with lawyer Neil Thapar, of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and Rebecca, a seed activist from the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library:
What they have to say is unsettling for anyone looking towards a self-sustaining way of life.
Why is this happening?
Take a look at who owns the seed industry, when you take the little guy and the small farmer out of the picture:
The participants in this video urge viewers to sign this petition in support of seed freedom, and to further educate yourself on the issue, and learn to share seeds.
Check out these resources:
Sign the Seed Sharing Petition at:
Learn more about Seed Sharing is Illegal Issue at
Learn how to start your own seed sharing library at:
This is the not the first time this issue has come to the fore.
As Daisy Luther reported, the Department of Agriculture in Pennsylvania has been clamping down on seed libraries and has even deemed them “agri-terrorism,” a silly-serious label that allows gratuitous levels of state resources to be dedicated to stopping something that is actually positive.
Residents in Pennsylvania can now breathe a little bit easier since an illegal enterprise has been shut down.
The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg was participating in an activity that put the entire ecosystem of the state at risk.
In an astonishing act of hubris, they were running a seed library, right there amongst the books, in the very facility where small children go to have stories read to them.
I’m not making this up. A SEED LIBRARY.
Darr explained that the Seed Act primarily focuses on the selling of seeds — which the library was not doing — but there is also a concern about seeds that may be mislabeled (purposefully or accidentally), the growth of invasive plant species, cross-pollination and poisonous plants.
The department told the library it could not have the seed library unless its staff tested each seed packet for germination and other information. Darr said that was clearly not something staff could handle. (source)
Aaron Dykes reported on similar moves in the EU to ban untested seeds from being saved or shared:
If this takes root as law in Europe and elsewhere, it will contribute towards the total subjugation of the people to the undue powers granted to biotech and Big Agra.
The Real Seed Catalogue has warned about this tyrannical law and the business interests behind it. They say that under this bad law, “It costs nearly £3000 to test & register just one single variety of seed for sale“:
This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers and small scale market farmers. Home gardeners have really different needs – for example they grow by hand, not machine, and can’t or don’t want to use such powerful chemical sprays. There’s no way to register the varieties suitable for home use as they don’t meet the strict criteria of the Plant Variety Agency, which is only concerned about approving the sort of seed used by industrial farmers – Ben Gabel, Director of The Real Seed Catalogue
The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants. It will be illegal to grow, reproduce, or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been been tested and approved by the government, more specifically the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”