The EU’s Common Catalogue of Registered Varieties

The GMO debate is on in the US of A with the two cases recently filed; Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), arguing that the agency’s recent unrestricted approval of genetically engineered Alfalfa was unlawful, and the case filed by the Public Patent Foundation suit against Monsanto Company challenging their patents on genetically modified seed, on behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses, and organic agricultural organizations. for details on these cases visit –

…..But what is going on in Europe? We always hear of how valiant the Europeans are in their rejection of GMO seeds, slowly slowly the “seed industry” chips away at the resistance. It isn’t only GMO seeds that afford these giant corporations control over our food. What is the Common Catalogue of Registered Variety??? I didn’t know about this until today, I heard of this small organic seed company Kokopelli from France, they are facing many many lawsuits…Why? Because they sell Heirloom Varieties that are not registered in this “Common Catalogue”.

If a variety is not registered in the catalogue, it may not be marketed. And marketed means exchanged and given away too, not just sold. That’s the legislation that the Kokopelli Association fell foul of, and many folks simply don’t believe it. But it is true, and has been since the 1960s.

Quote from the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog article: How the European Common Catalogue destroys biodiversity by JEREMY on FEBRUARY 12, 2007.

This is a great article explaining the Catalogue and how the whole system “works”…Or Doesn’t!

Kokopelli isn’t just another organic seed company they are activists! This is why they are being targeted.

Dominique Guillet, President of Kokopelli Association, dreams of a planet “with free seeds for all, cultivated with respect for the environment. Our gardens and fields are our source of life and diversity.” He advises those which have a garden or small independent farm to sow seeds that are prohibited, to give them away, exchange them, and to produce young seedlings of prohibited varieties in order to distribute them to the poorest countries, if we don’t he says, in a few years, there will be no more free seeds nor diversity, but only the limited registered varieties, genetically modified organizations and F1 hybrids.

This is a rough translation from: Action Sante Libertes Blog

Kokopelli is involved in many developing countries through regional organizations to try to and preserve their bio-diversity. 

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