In the UK You Can Now Only Buy Heirloom Seeds if You Are Part of a Private Members Club

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The way we are being pushed and squeezed by regulations that govern every facet of our life, we will soon only be able to defecate when our allotted time slot comes around.

The European Commission is currently drawing up a new law to regulate the sale of all seeds, plants and plant material.   The latest draft of the law is even more restrictive than the regulations that we have at the moment.

Every single variety of vegetable will have to be registered on an EU list, otherwise it will be illegal to sell it.   To be registered on the list, seed varieties have to pass a series of tests demonstrating what is called DUS ‘Distinctiveness, Uniformity and Stability’.  It costs nearly £3000 to test & register just one single variety of seed for sale.

Although we have had a system like this for many years, there have been much simpler and cheaper options for what are considered ‘amateur varieties’ for home gardeners, and the rules have never been strictly enforced in the UK.

The EU wants to get rid of these simpler and cheaper rules for ‘amateur’ seed, and make sure that every country enforces the rules 100%.

Although they say there will be exceptions, in current drafts of the law these are very, very limited.

The effect of this new legislation will be to massively limit the choice of vegetable varieties available to home gardeners.

This is because if you are selling seed to farmers, you can expect to sell hundreds of tonnes of seed every year, so it is worth the cost of registering the variety.  But if you are selling to gardeners, even the biggest seed companies will be selling a few kilos of seed at most, sometimes just a few hundred grammes of more unusual varieties.   It just doesn’t work if they have to pay thousands of pounds to register that variety! So only seed designed for farmers will get registered and be legally sellable.

Unfortunately, varieties suitable for farmers often aren’t appropriate for home gardeners and allotment growers.  For example: farmers usually want all of their produce to come ready at the same time, so that they can harvest and sell a whole fields worth.  Home gardeners usually want their crops to mature over a longer period – we don’t want to eat all our vegetables on one day!

Another example:  farmers generally don’t want to grow climbing peas, as they need supports and can’t be harvested mechanically.  Lots of home gardeners prefer tall pea varieties, as they are more productive in a small space.   There are hundreds of examples like this – the needs of gardeners and farmers are very different.

The problem is very simple: If these new laws are passed, there will be fewer and fewer varieties developed for gardeners and small growers.  Everybody will have to grow varieties that have been designed for commercial large-scale farming, whether they like it or not.

Happily, for the time being at least there is a way around this. You start a seed club, and that way a seed company cannot be prosecuted for selling to the public…they are not they are selling to their members only!

Real Seeds, a non-profit heirloom seed company in the UK have started their own seed club. For the princely sum of one penny a year, which is deducted from your first order, you are a member of the club and can therefore buy your seeds without them getting prosecuted. I say them because it is not illegal to buy heirloom seeds for veggies not on the approved list, but it is illegal for anyone to sell them commercially to the public at large.

This will change of course as soon as the New World Order Thugs in Brussels realise what’s gong on. You can read about the seed club here.

For those interesting in seed saving click here for a very good explanation of how to get started.

I should just point out that I have no connection with The Real Seed Company, other than as a customer, sorry, club member…

I am told by a friend that Heirloom Organics is a reputable US company that sell genuine heirloom seeds, I can’t say one way or the other as I have never brought seed from them, but I do trust my informant.

Get together with friends and start a seed swap circle to increase the varieties of seeds that you hold. Diversity will become a very important aspect of future food growing and the more diverse your seed stocks the better.

Take care


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Lizzie Bennett

Lizzie Bennett recently retired from her job as a senior operating department practitioner in the UK. Her field was trauma and accident and emergency and she has served on major catastrophe teams around the UK. Lizzie publishes Underground Medic on the topic of preparedness.

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  • The simple ways of gardening will not be so simple soon. Saving some seed and purchasing new ones was just common sense. Obviously, controlling the seed is to also control the F2 generation and germination. Basically, you will always need to buy new seed each year from just one or two main sources.

  • The world is witnessing unprecedented evil. This war on our freedom to purchase heirloom seeds is an excellent example. Evil globalist want to snuff out all means of self-sufficiency. They want us to be totally dependent on them and at their mercy. That is evil.

  • Artciel is misleading. Heirloom seeds are still very much freely available in the UK. The unelected EU Law Makers are drawing up a proposal……note – proposal…… regulate seeds. Not the same as being now Law.

    Your article is a very cleverly worded advertisement designed to scare people with your “UK seeds are banned!Come and get your seeds from us!”

    • No, the article is not an advertisement at all. The author does NOT sell seeds, or any other product, for that matter. However, thank you for the additional information. 😀


    • I agree. I live here, and this is one of those typical
      scare-mongering articles. The story is just not true. At all.

      • Know the laws that currently exist.

        As clearly stated in the article

        “Although we have had a system like this for many years, there have been much simpler and cheaper options for what are considered ‘amateur varieties’ for home gardeners, and the rules have never been strictly enforced in the UK.”

        With the new draft laws the EU wants to get rid of these simpler and cheaper rules for ‘amateur’ seed, and make sure that every country enforces the rules 100%.

    • Even if it just a proposal, you clearly can see the intention of these criminals. Therefore this article had to be written to possibly prevent more evil.

  • Chere Daisy, I guess you haven’t figured it out. The EU and the UK is preparing the ground for GMOs. Note that presently, the EU Environmental Ministers are drafting a law that will give biotech companies final say on national GMO bans and they are going to give a waiver over the amount of pesticides using Glyphosate that can be sprayed. This is being led by UK Ministers and DEFRA who have been secretly meeting with biotech companies in order to get this pushed through. It’s one of the main reasons why I am always struck by people saying that they want to remain part of the EU when it is the most undemocratic institution on the earth serving the interests of large corporations.

  • There’s great dangers here as Daisy has pointed out. The problem though is wider than simply plant species for food. Control of healing plants in the wild is also on the Eurocrats hit-list and soon you will be deprived of anything but Drug company offerings. Read: for more background and a petition to sign.

    The recent success in the Euro-elections by UKIP is a faint hope to reign back the uber-bureaucracy which is robbing people in europe of their freedom of choice in all personal matters. Vote UKIP – it’s the only way to check the abominations being perpetrated in YOUR name by career politicians and eurocrats. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with UKIPs policies just vote for them for the time being – the result will shock Brussels into backpeddling on vindictive and over-reaching regulations and get them back to actually doing positive stuff to help people which is what they were originally put there for. Confucius he say: ” A True politician will handle the population like a cook handles boiled fish – rarely or not at all.”

  • A little research will uncover several new heritage or heirloom seed collection companies have popped up that are worth trying.
    Local family owned businesses / off the grid type shops are my favorites, such as Pennardsplants in the UK (sells heritage seeds too), heritageharvestseed (Canada) and centerofthewebb in the US (sells rare and unconventional seeds)
    In addition seed trading isn’t illegal either (i.e. I give you pack of what I have, for a pack of what you have).
    It’s not all black and white… 🙂

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