argylesock says… The Open Source Seed Initiative is a seed which deserves to grow and grow. Food sovereignty! It reminds me of the Heritage Seed Library here in Britain.
A group of researchers and plant breeders based at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on Thursday announced a new initiative intended to break the monopoly control over plant genetic materials promoted by the use of patent law in seed research. The current system, rooted in intellectual property law, provides a 20-year exclusive patent to seed breeders who develop a new variety. Defenders of the current system argue it is necessary to encourage and reward innovation, and to make commercial seed breeding profitable.
But critics have long argued that this system rewards commercial seed breeders at the expense of farmers, undermines in situ conservation, denies the important role played in seed breeding and conservation by farmers, and undermines innovation by restricting access to seed.
So last week, a group of seed breeders launched a new initiative rooted in the Open Source Software movement. The idea is that the genetic material…
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