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Teagasc and Pieta House to build a ‘Garden of Hope’ for Bloom

Teagasc and Pieta House to build a ‘Garden of Hope’ for Bloom

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European Citizens Must Stand Up for Diversity on our Plates!

Yesterday, the European Court of Justice published its judgement concerning the use of rare variety seeds and declared that the EU’s seed marketing laws are valid and appropriate.

"This judgement is not good news for all those who want a wide diversity of colourful and tasty tomatoes and peppers on their plates", commented Dorota Metera, Vice President of the IFOAM EU Group. "The EU seed legislation still handicaps the marketing of traditional varieties that could be grown on European fields and favours homogeneity and large scale breeding. The European Court of Justice has failed to respond to the concerns of seed savers across the EU. Consumers and farmers must now reclaim ownership of our food: We call on European citizens to speak out for EU laws that favour diversity on our plates, healthy food for all and diverse landscapes!"

"A diversity of domestic plants is the basis for our long-term food security. Climate change, emerging plant pests or even new allergies may require us in the future to use plant varieties that we do not necessarily consider important today, due to their specific genetic characteristics," adds Antje Kölling, policy manager of IFOAM EU Group. "The FAO estimates that 75 percent of domestic plant varieties globally have been lost in the last 100 years. This trend must be urgently reversed."

The EU is currently revising its seed marketing legislation - it must finally facilitate market access for traditional varieties and farm bred varieties. Moreover, the EU needs to set a framework for the marketing of open-pollinating varieties with a broader intra-varietal genetic diversity that are professionally bred. These are varieties with increased resilience to changing environmental conditions, which many organic farmers and farmers producing special qualities want to use and which all farmers may need in the future to address specific local conditions.

Source: Fresh Plaza - European Citizens Must Stand Up for Diversity on our Plates!

Featured Event


11 September 2017 - 13 September 2017

The NEC @ North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

Glee Birmingham 2017

Join us at Glee 2017 to see the launch of hundreds of new products, discover the future customer buying trends and seize the opportunity to meet over 500 suppliers!

At Glee we bring the most exciting exhibitors together with the most powerful and influential visitors and buyers in the industry. Spread across 8 select show sectors Glee offers three jam-packed days of networking, selling and purchasing which are not to be missed. Whilst discovering the latest in innovative products, you can also meet hundreds of new and existing suppliers all under one roof. Taking place at the perfect time of year to re-stock your shelves just before Christmas, Glee is the most crucial garden trade event in any retailer’s calendar.

Offering thousands of the newest and most inspirational garden retail products from over 550+ suppliers, Glee welcomes all kinds of exhibitors from across 8 carefully edited show sectors. If you have your own brand, garden centre, shop or make or grow your own products, we have a spot just for you. With visitors from multiples, independents and online retailers, it’s the perfect opportunity to launch and showcase your product collections, nurture your existing relationships and grow new ones.

Date, Time & Location
11 to 13 September 2017

The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Mon 11 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Tues 12 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Wed 13 Sept - 9:00 - 16:00