19 Apr '14, 12pm

Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents

Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents

Bioversity International/Alfredo Camacho There’s been an argument going on for at least 100 years over seeds. Should they be free? Or should the people who develop them control, and profit from, their use? If they were shared, we’d have a more fluid development of agricultural technology, because all plant breeders could experiment with the best stuff. On the other hand, maybe breeders wouldn’t want to engage in the hard work of experimenting if they couldn’t sell their inventions for lots of money. It used to be that those who bred new varieties of plants shared them freely, in part because it was almost impossible to control them: As soon as someone buys one of your new tomato seeds, he can use it to make a hundred more. As Irwin Goldman , a vegetable breeder at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, told NPR reporter Dan Charles , plant breeders used to have a code of et...

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