The European Parliament today voted to reject draft EU legislation on seeds and seed marketing. The Greens have been pushing for the controversial proposal from the European Commission to be rejected. After the vote José Bové Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament, said :
The proposal of the European Commission on the seed was bad and ambiguous. It was rejected by the European Parliament and I am pleased. However, I regret that the two main groups in the European Parliament , EPP and S&D have refused to send a clear message stating the specific reasons for their disagreement with this text.
The Greens in the European Parliament believe that the European Commission must review its proposal to recognize the right of farmers to reuse, share and improve seeds that adapt to climate change in accordance while ensuring crop biodiversity.
We cannot in fact be satisfied with the mini-niches left to farmers and small businesses. The European Commission must stop favoring large seed companies that privatize living (biotechnology patents). I think it is necessary to open a space that allows for increased collaboration between farmers and researchers to obtain seed service quality and diversity of food.