Open Source Seeds

Tolles Projekt gegen Biopatente und die Machenschaften von vor allem Monsanto und ihrem Gen-Mais: Gestern hat man an der Uni Wisconsin 29 Open Source Saatgut vorgestellt, unter anderem eine Zucchini namens Midnight Lightning, 'ne Oranje-Karotte, die Wrinkle Crinkle Crumple-Kresse oder scharfen Drachenzungen-Senf.

It's inspired by the example of open source software, which is freely available for anyone to use but cannot legally be converted into anyone's proprietary product.

At an event on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including carrots, kale, broccoli and quinoa. Anyone receiving the seeds must pledge not to restrict their use by means of patents, licenses or any other kind of intellectual property. In fact, any future plant that's derived from these open source seeds also has to remain freely available as well.

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' (via Fefe)