This from the J. L. Hudson, Seedsman updates email list.
I reproduce this, without permission from David, but I'm sure that he
would approve. I'll take my chances with the DMCA.
Please take a moment to read this.
It is getting quite close to the October 21st
deadline for commenting on the APHIS proposal to
create a new category "Not Authorized for
Importation Pending Pest Risk Analysis (NAPPRA)"
I hope everyone here who values importing seeds
or plants will take a moment to send a quick
comment opposing NAPPRA. Once again, the USDA is
presenting to the public vague and deceptive
information in an attempt to ram through this
latest version of "risk assessment".
On the surface the NAPPRA proposal seems benign
compared with the former "Option 1" (white-list
or clean-list), but you will find that a close,
critical reading of the proposal alarming.
The NAPPRA proposal is so incoherent that it
alarms me that the USDA harbors such
incompetence. We really need to get proactive and
insist on a thorough housecleaning at the USDA.
We need to demand personal accountability for
this sort of governmental corruption.
Because of the Department's past deceptive
practices, it is essential that we oppose NAPPRA.
Several industry front-groups have been
encouraging their members to flood the Department
with support. Let's counter this.
Please take a few moments to submit an opposing comment.
To submit comments:
My own analysis and comment follows. It is a bit
lengthy, but I hope you will find it worthwhile.
And I hope the formatting doesn't come through
garbled - if so it will be available for reading
on the comment site. I'll also try to make it
available on my own site: www.dtheo.org