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I bought some seeds from Britain  and was astonished to find that a penny had been charged for a "membership" fee.  It was explained  that in the European Union (covering most of the countries in Europe) there is now a list of "approved" varieties of vegetable seeds and it is actually illegal to sell any others to the public.  Since I am a "member" they were able to sell me these pea, lettuce and celery seeds.

Another nursery says that the largest seed retailer in the world, in business since the 1700's announced that as of next year they will be carrying GM seeds. There was no mention of whether the seeds would be so labelled.

If you want to have a choice of what you eat and feed your family, it might be a good idea to start thinking about these things. Before the choices are made for you and your options gone.
 
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It would be fairly difficult to get GMO seeds if you wanted them.  Most are sold with a written contract.
 
                      
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Inside the EU, there is no legislative command to grow or sell only some of existing seeds. You can grow your own seed and sell them freely again. If you want to buy registered seed, than it may be charged (I don´t know). There is a duty to mark GMO in EU (to be able to detect its history). But if you buy organic seeds, you don´t need to think about such things at all.
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