Free the Seeds

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Abby Zimet

Fighting the Monsanto-led global transformation of seeds into private, profit-making, patent-encased intellectual property, scientists and sustainable food advocates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have launched an Open Source Seeds Initiative to return vegetables to all of us. Likening the move to "a genetic easement" for "part of our common cultural heritage," they have introduced 29 new varieties of 14 crops, including carrots, kale, broccoli and quinoa, in packets bearing a haiku-like pledge use the seeds freely, and enjoy.

"It's kind of a biological meme - free seed! Seed that can be used by anyone!"

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