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Links I found interesting for 14-05-2013


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May. 14th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
The 'euromyth busted' article appears to be 'busting' the myth by confident assertion rather than giving me any evidence - I was hoping to use it on some FB friends who have been worried about the seed thing, but I don't think that article would lay their concerns to rest.

Certainly people who are already in the heirloom/niche seed business with 20-something employees don't currently seem to believe they need to register their seeds, and having had a (brief, and it's out of my field, so I might be totally wrong) look at the actual legislation, it looks like there are restrictions on what seeds _can_ be registered which make it more complicated/dangerous than just 'pay a small fee and do a little bit of paperwork'?
May. 15th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
It's one of these murky cases where one can easily get dragged into the detail, and to be honest I don't have time to sort through the claims - I do encourage you (or your friends who are possibly more interested than you are!) to contact Rebecca Taylor directly, or the European Commission office in London who are supposed to deal with this sort of query (or the Europe Direct phone line).

What I do spot is that the seeds people have significantly changed their narrative in the last few days. Where originally it was scare stories about evil eurocrats scheming to punish innocent gardeners, now they have switched to a version where their heroic lobbying has caused some changes, but more action is needed to counter the evil agribusiness industry lobbyists. I am certain that the second narrative is more honest than the first, but the first was so exaggerated (or, to use a more brutal word, untrue) that I'm not going to exert myself on their behalf.
May. 15th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC)
I've no opinion on the seeds issue, but Borg is perhaps an unfortunate name for anyone trying to promote the virtues of integration.
May. 17th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
I've just heard another howler, apparently the EU is now planning to restrict open pots of olive oil from restaurants (care of the Torygraph). If you happen to come across anything busting that, and would care to pass me a link, I'd be grateful.
May. 17th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
I saw that on the inestimable Bruno Waterfield's twitter this morning. Still haven't found any actual link to an actual story, other than a Spanish legislative proposal, In any case if the aim is to prevent food poisoning, what is the big deal?
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