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>http://www.geocities.com/nowhitelist/whtlist.html
<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
species, 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><st1lace>U.S.</st1lace></st1:country-region>,
but will inevitably include hundreds of <st1:country-region><st1lace>U.S.</st1lace></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><st1lace>New York</st1lace></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><st1lace>Monterey</st1lace></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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