Join us for our 2015 Seed Release
April 20, 2015
The Open Source Seed Initiative
OSSI was created by a group of plant breeders, farmers, seed companies, and sustainability advocates who want to free the seed!
Today, only a handful of companies account for most of the world’s commercial breeding and seed sales. Increasingly, patenting is used to enhance the power and control of these companies over the seeds and the farmers that feed the world.
Patented seeds cannot be saved, replanted, or shared by farmers and gardeners. And because there is no research exemption for patented material, plant breeders at universities and small seed companies cannot use patented seed to create the new crop varieties that should be the foundation of a just and sustainable agriculture.
Inspired by the free and open source software movement that has provided alternatives to proprietary software, OSSI was created to free the seed - to make sure that the genes in at least some seed can never be locked away from use by intellectual property rights.
Through our Pledge, OSSI asks breeders and stewards of crop varieties to pledge to make their seeds available without restrictions on use, and to ask recipients of those seeds to make the same commitment.
OSSI is working to create a pool of open source varieties, to connect farmers and gardeners to suppliers of open source seed, and to inform and educate citizens about seed issues.
OSSI in the News!
Since our launch on April 17, 2014, OSSI has received a lot of press. Check out a few of the stories below:
Virginia Quarterly Review: Linux for Lettuce.
Al Jazeera English: Sowing the Seeds of a New World Order