Battle For the Soul of Europe: Seed Silliness.


The European Commission, a law-making body of the European Union, has proposed a new law which would make illegal the “growth, reproduction, or trade” of any vegetable seeds not “tested, approved, and accepted” by the newly created EU Plant Variety Agency. The proposed law is titled the Plant Reproductive Material Law, and if passed, it would theoretically give the European Union Plant Variety Agency jurisdiction over the entirety of all seed production throughout the 27-member European Union.

This law is as draconian as it sounds. The law would supposedly apply to every last possible producer of seeds in the EU, from large agricultural conglomerates all the way down to little old ladies in flower gardens. It is no joke; the pushers of this legislation are serious, and Brussels has thus far treated it seriously. There is a distinct possibility that within the next few years, every seed produced by a citizen of a member nation will either be required to be submitted to the EUPVA for testing, or be considered illegal contraband. In accordance with the great statist dream to make all people register everything they own, the law mandates that every seed sold, planted, and harvested in Europe be officially registered with the EUPVA. Any seed not explicitly registered with the EUPVA will be considered illegal.

There is no doubt in my mind that this legislation is being supported by the large agricultural firms. This will consolidate their oligarchy over the market. This will stamp out competition and prevent new entries to the marketplace. Large agricultural firms will easily handle the red tape; smaller producers will not. This is not unlike the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission within the USA back in the late 1800s. All small railroad companies were regulated out of competitive existence in favor of the large railroad conglomerates headed by the Good Old’ Boys.

At first sound, the Plant Reproducible Material Law is laughable. Europeans are ancestrally agricultural. Anyone who has ever been to Europe has seen the lovely gardens and numerous flowerboxes that dot village homes. There are acres of small garden plots in the country sides that rent out to people in cities so they too can stretch out the ol’ green thumb. These are cultures that value gardening. To think that a gaggle of bureaucrats can burst in on the scene to castrate a widespread hobby with traditions stretching back into the mists of European history seems ludicrous.

However, this law carries serious implications on the current state of affairs in Europe. The mere introduction of such a law to the legislative process potentially means that the EU bureaucrats in Brussels are so totally disconnected from the European public that they do not even understand the political consequences facing them. I would like to imagine that this law would face widespread and subversive resistance throughout the EU. I truly hope that significant black markets develop if this law passes. I can see it now: shady characters in trench coats on moonlit street corners, selling contraband tomato seeds and tulip bulbs. In the face of such resistance, I do not think the EUPVA could even enforce the law. The passage of the law would be nothing more than a fart in the wind.

There is a second possible outcome, however, and of a far darker nature: that Europeans will do nothing, and will comply with the law. If the law passes, and the European gardening public quietly obeys, then we will know that European civilization as we know it is toast. If Europeans are willing to castrate traditional (and harmless) practices that have been an integral part of the fabric of their civilization for thousands of years just because they’ve been ordered to by faceless bureaucrats, then we will know that Europe has reached the point of true cultural submission. The futures of the Western European nations are already severely threatened by their disastrous birthrates; majority compliance with such a law would be a negative indication on the ability of Western European culture to survive.

On a lighter note, I genuinely believe there is hope where this law is concerned. I do not think Germans would pay attention. I do not think Brits would pay attention. I do not know other European mindsets as well as these two, but I suspect they would present resistance as well. I think that if Brussels passes the Plant Reproducible Material Law, they will find the law impossible to enforce. I do believe that seed black markets will form, gardeners will frequent these black markets to get the seeds they desire, and the Seed Gestapo will find itself too impotent to do anything about it. With any luck, maybe we’ll see some of the large agricultural firms fall against the onslaught of competition as an added bonus. This will all be fun to watch. Nothing fills me with such giddy gleefulness as watching pompous bureaucrats fall flat on their faces.

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