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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' | Sochi: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly | Scoop.it

A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds.

 

They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.

 

It's inspired by the example of open source software, which is freely available for anyone to use but cannot legally be converted into anyone's proprietary product.

 

These days, seeds are intellectual property. Some are patented as inventions. You need permission from the patent holder to use them, and you're not supposed to harvest seeds for replanting the next year.

 

Even university breeders operate under these rules.


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, April 18, 2014 4:32 AM

Large agrochemical companies have bought up the majority seed producing companies and they are trying to build a food monopoly. Here comes the open source seed initiative to re-capture seed freedom...

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, April 20, 2014 4:08 AM

This is the most appropriate response to monopolisation of natural seeds by world's top seven seed companies led by MONSANTO.

 

The Five-firm Concentration Ratio [denominated as C5] in 2005 was over 50% globally and it was apparent that there is collusion. In fact, a case was filed under Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act [MRTPA] in Delhi but Monsanto 'managed' the case.

 

However, in India over 50% of seeds are still farmer saved or developed by small firms. Unless the Government steps in, even India will lose its seed sovereignty.

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