Avaaz is one of the (hopefully many) organizations that will not give up until this new directive is amended - so keep on signing! (see post below)
In the mean time - lets grow our own herbs!!!
I bet the internet is full of advice for all beginners (like me).
Here's a pictures of my basil-babies! And although basil is not banned, it does have plenty of health benefits! (as I discovered here) Who knew?