Restrictions on plants, seeds, etc.

By transit · Apr 10, 2005 ·
  1. transit
    I found the following from a link on a seed
    company site. </span>Their suggestion is that
    if the plan described below goes ahead, access to many of the plants and seeds
    that are currently available to us will end.</span>

    The following is from: </span>


    <h1 style="text-align: center;" align="center">What is the White List?</h1>

    The White List (or "clean list") is proposed policy which will
    extend government and corporate control over the possession, importation and
    movement of anything that is alive - plants, animals, fungi, microorganisms, everything.
    Under current law, the government controls or prohibits a limited list of pest
    species - agricultural weeds, insect pests, dangerous pathogens, etc. Only
    species known to cause problems are controlled. Under the White List, the
    government will draw up a limited list of species it deems "safe",
    which will continue to be legal to possess, move or import. All other
    , an estimated 99.75% of the Earth's biota will be considered
    "guilty until proven innocent", presumed harmful or dangerous, and
    will be prohibited.

    Once in place, only the limited "white list" of
    government-approved species will be permitted - all other species will be
    considered contraband, with penalties for possession and mandated
    extermination. To add a species to the White List, expensive "safety
    testing" and "risk assessment" will be required for approval.
    Randy Westbrooks, of the USDA, stated that the testing should be similar to the
    30 to 40 million-dollar safety testing required to market a new toxic chemical.
    To offset the cost of testing, it has been proposed that a new form of life
    patent be granted, giving sole rights to the entire species and its genome to
    the corporation paying for the testing (it being unlikely that individuals will
    be able to afford such testing), and granting complete immunity to the patent
    holder of the species becomes a pest. This will place over 99% of the natural
    world off-limits - it is the greatest "theft of the commons" from
    humanity, and the greatest extension of government and corporate control over
    the natural world in history. While placing the Earth's living biodiversity
    into private corporate ownership, it will also create self-perpetuating
    bureaucratic sinecures - an army of unelected bureaucrats, unanswerable to the
    public, with the power of life and death over all species. Once federal
    legislation is in place, the states will soon follow, controlling all movement
    of native species between states.

    The White List/National Weed Strategy will mandate the extermination
    of all unapproved species. Not only will this include unapproved
    "foreign" species from outside the <st1:country-region><st1:place>U.S.</st1:place></st1:country-region>,
    but will inevitably include hundreds of <st1:country-region><st1:place>U.S.</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    native species which happen to have moved outside their historic boundaries -
    many native species with expanding ranges are already being exterminated
    wherever they are deemed "invaders" by decision-makers. At a prairie
    restoration in <st1:State><st1:place>New York</st1:place></st1:State> 5 species
    of native trees and shrubs were declared "invaders", cut and burned.
    In Illinois, a native Solidago was killed with herbicide; in an Indiana
    nature preserve native red cedar girdled and burned; at Curtis Prairie,
    University of Wisconsin, native aspens declared "invaders", girdled
    and cut; at Dolomite Hill Prairie Restoration in Illinois, 4 native trees and
    shrubs cleared with brush hogs, herbicide and burning; in California, native
    red fox declared an "alien predator" and killed; in San Diego County
    a native Encelia was declared "a threat to genetic and ecosystem
    integrity" and exterminated. Even the endangered <st1:City><st1:place>Monterey</st1:place></st1:City>
    cypress is killed mere miles from its last remaining wild stands as a
    "weed tree" and "non-native fire hazard". The propagation
    and reintroduction of endangered wild plants has been called a "risk to
    the genetic integrity of wild plant populations" and a threat to
    "native plant communities".

    This is a government seizure of the power to dictate the natural range
    of every species, and to dictate the exact species composition of all natural
    areas and every ecosystem in the nation. Private property will not be excluded
    - even under current law the government has the power to enter private land and
    destroy pest species. If you are found with an unapproved species on your land,
    the "infestation" can be declared a public nuisance, exterminated,
    and you can be billed for the costs of "abatement".

    White list proponents have also lobbied for changes to the World Trade
    Organization rules to further their agenda.

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