Seed is the foundation of crop agriculture and represents the primary source of food for the earth’s nearly 7.5 billion residents (http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/).
Seed has been a part of the Commons for virtually all of our 10,000-year agricultural history. So, who controls seed is tremendously important. Only in recent decades has corporate ownership pirated seed ownership away from the people.
A growing movement is offering a different vision and placing seed back into the Commons. Jim
“For Carol Deppe, an Oregon plant breeder and OSSI board member, there’s another component to breeding that’s important. ‘When you breed a variety, you breed your own values right into the variety,’ she says. ‘If you believe in huge agribusiness farms with monocultures that are managed with massive doses of herbicides, then you breed your concept of what agriculture should be like into that variety. I do exactly the opposite.’
“While a handful of medium-sized companies (those with international markets but smaller than, say, Monsanto) hold patents, most smaller seed companies are able to survive without patenting — they either are opposed to the practice, have decided the process is too costly to be worthwhile, or both.”