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As an example: when APHIS began to enforce the requirement for phytosanitary certificates for seeds, which threatened to disrupt all our seedexes, they had no idea that there were such things as organizational seed exchanges. Once they learned about seedexes, the organizations behind them, and their careful management practices that lead to a low phytosanitary risk, they were very willing to work toward easing the phyto requirement.
The current measures in place on this material are wholly inadequate, and I would support more stringent regulation, even if it were to result in seed exchanges being no longer able to send material to overseas members.
Can I also suggest that from the lack of general interest in this thread that wont happen soon.
I think you may have a good point there, Rob : it may be hard for folks to feel they have much to contribute to this thread but, since (as of the time of this post) 386 people have already viewed the thread, we can at least hope that some will be reading all the proposals from the links given and will be composing letters to their country representatives.