Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.
…in the early 2000s, he started noticing more and more lettuces were patented, meaning he would not be able to use them for breeding.
The patents weren’t just for different types of lettuce, but specific traits such as resistance to a disease, a particular shade of red or green, or curliness of the leaf. Such patents have increased in the years since, and are encroaching on a growing range of crops, from corn to carrots — a trend that has plant breeders, environmentalists and food security experts concerned about the future of the food production.
Phi Beta Iota: The captive legal system continues to fence the commons, legalizing crime by the rich and criminalizing natural individual initiative consistent with centuries of natural law and life. The Open Source Everything Movement seeks to overturn all of this — some good things have come from the industrial era, but scientific reductionism, fake news, corrupt governments, predatory banking are leading us to a sixth extinction. Time to overthrow all that.