The EU gets a new biodiversity strategy

The decline of genetic diversity must also be reversed, including by facilitating the use of traditional varieties of crops and breeds. This would also bring health benefits through more varied and nutritious diets. The Commission is considering the revision of marketing rules for traditional crop varieties in order to contribute to their conservation and sustainable use. The Commission will also take measures to facilitate the registration of seed varieties, including for organic farming, and to ensure easier market access for traditional and locally adapted varieties.

That’s from the EU’s new biodiversity policy. Promising. But I don’t see anything in there about ex situ conservation to back up this conservation-through-use approach, welcome as it is.

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