The Open Source Seed Initiative aims to 'Free the Seed' against patents and genetic restrictions

04/19/2014 - 00:00

The most distinguishing aspect of OSSI, it is the idea that genetic resources – in the form of seeds- are going to be set aside for humanity to use in any way it sees fit. These genetic resources cannot be patented or otherwise legally protected, making them essentially available in perpetuity in a protected commons. If they were just in a regular commons, people could obtain them and protect them, but in this commons they must
remain free. Hence the phrase “Free the Seed!”