Although I am not an American citizen, I wish to
congratulate you for your noble stance on the
importance of biodiversity.
I ahve always admired the American democracy and free
speech. Your plea is a very valid one and should be
pursuted to its vision and mission for the greater
glory of the worlds benefit.
More power to you.
Sergio J. Montinola
--- Laurence Hutchinson
> I hope that this action will still restricts alien
> species from transfer
> from one country to another as this is likely to
> cause big problems for the
> biodiversity and local ecology, apart from that
> issue you have a good point.
> We too must remember that The US has banned the use
> of saved seeds in Iraq a
> traditional practice for 1000's of years, it is now
> against the law.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "angela flynn"
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 9:56 PM
> Subject: [fukuoka_farming] The importance of
> > The importance of biodiversity of life on earth
> > be fairly obvious. Along vith the backing of
> > modification, which leaves all of the modified
> > organisms with the same dna, the USDA has
> attempted to
> > severely limit and control our access to seeds.
> > those of you in the US you may want to send your
> > comments to the USDA on the following. More
> > information is available, along with a sample
> > at this link: (J.L.'s seed catalog is a treasure
> > be sure to check it out as well.
> > http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/USDAComment.htm
> > The USDA had planned to implement a new
> requirement on
> > ALL IMPORTS, even of small packets for home
> > All imports are supposed to require an expensive
> > phytosanitary certificate costing up to $60 per
> > shipment. This was to take effect July 22nd, 2002.
> > They claim the plan is now in effect, but they
> > not been enforcing it and have done some
> > in public statements. Thanks to your letters, the
> > has been delayed. We think they have realized from
> > great public outcry that this was a very bad idea,
> > simply don't intend to enforce it for small
> > and hope the controversy quietly goes away.
> > In the future, if enforcement is actually begun,
> > of you who have enjoyed ordering rare seeds from
> > overseas or Canada from fine firms like Richter's,
> > Silverhill or Chilterns will find your orders much
> > more expensive. Some small firms in out-of-the way
> > regions may find it difficult or impossible to
> > these certificates. Even the USDA, ARS
> > Research Service) has objected to this unnecessary
> > requirement!
> > Please contact the USDA and object to this, as we
> > keep up the pressure to ensure that they do not
> > enforcement. We should demand that the regulation
> > actually be repealed, not just ignored, or it will
> > resurface in coming years. We absolutely must
> > that a small-parcel exemption be written into
> > quarantine law - all parcels under 10 kg or $2000
> > value should be enterable without permit or
> > phytosanitary certificate, based on free, timely
> > inspection at port-of-entry. We pay taxes for a
> > competent inspection service, and should receive
> > we have paid for...
> > Warm regards,
> > Angela Flynn
> > Collective action accumulating from individual
> choices shapes the
> > future. - Joe Sherman
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