Open-Source Seeds Keep Big Ag out of Home Gardens

Inspired by trends toward sharing intellectual property, the open-source seed movement fights corporate overreach in our own backyards.

Marian Weidner
Apr 23, 2019 · 8 min read
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A colorful collection of carrots grown from open-source pledged seeds. (Photo by Claire Luby.)

It matters in principle if a seed is savable, whether or not gardeners choose to save seed.

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Fewer companies controlling new seed varieties means fewer options that might work for the region you live in.

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Breeders around the world have pledged seeds from a wide range of plant varieties as open-source. (Photo by Carol Deppe)
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It wasn’t mega-farmers who led the way with organic varieties, it was the home gardeners.

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Every OSSI-pledged seed purchase reinforces the idea of seed-saving as an inherent right.

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