Working in the Organic Beauty industry and using lots of lovely natural ingredients in Odylique and Essential Care products, we are keen to support everyone growing plants the organic way.
So we were concerned to discover from ‘Garden Organic’ (an organic gardening association) that the EU Agriculture Commission is trying to tinker with seeds regulation which could have disastrous results for small growers, biodiversity and wildlife.
Basically, a new Regulation is planned that involves costly rules and regulations for the sale of seeds, bulbs and other plants. Small producers were exempt, but now they might not be.
Effectively the regulation would limit what small seed growers and businesses, including community networks of growers such as Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library (HSL) can put on the market. Rarer, less economic plant varieties could disappear forever and specialist growers might be forced out of business. This threatens biodiversity, future plant breeding and food security.
It may also impact on availability of some of the more unusual ingredients we use in our skincare products.
Garden Organic is part of a Pan-European co-ordinated campaign lobby aiming to secure the important Regulation exemptions for small growers.
Gardeners can help support Garden Organic’s vital vegetable variety conservation work by joining the Heritage Seed Library. Membership gives access annually to up to six varieties from the HSL catalogue, which each year features around 200 of the 800 varieties in the collection. From 2013 this now includes exotic crop varieties gathered in through the Sowing New Seeds project.
For more information about the Heritage Seed Library, visit: http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/hsl/index.php
For more information on Garden Organic’s Fighting Fund and campaigning activity go to: http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/support_us/saveourseeds.php