Free the seeds 


Three big companies (Monsanto, Syngenta, and DuPont) own and control about half of the world’s commercial seed sales, the restrictive nature of keeping their seeds as intellectual property helps those seed companies maintain control over a large portion of the seeds responsible for the global food supply.

In an effort to “free the seeds” from patenting, licensing, and other intellectual property protections, the Open Source Seed Initiative aims to restore the formerly common practice of open sharing among growers, by keeping certain vegetable seeds in the public domain and protecting them (and any future varieties derived from them) from being patented in the future.

—Via Treehugger