What’s better than an unbirthday? An unpatent! The Open Source Seed Initiative breeds varieties of vegetables that are unpatentable – open source, free from litigation. A hack? Yes – on a long-range scale. There was a time when patenting seeds was a good thing: plant breeders weren’t able to profit from their hard work until they were able to patent their varieties. Now that we’re in the 21st century, it’s time for the pendulum to swing back for the home and small-scale gardeners and farmers so they may make a living and create new varieties. This is especially important with the climate so unpredictable.
Many partners have joined in the OSS, including High Mowing Seeds, Oiko’s Tree Crops, and many others. You can click on the links on the page to go to their site.