Category Archives: Seed Industry

Who’ll Own Our Seed?

Author Lisa Hamilton has written a must-read article (“Linux for Lettuce“) on how utility patents — patents for inventions — impact the future of our seed and food. In this piece, she describes the recently launched Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), which is … Continue reading

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From the Field: Breeding Sweet Corn for Organic Agriculture

Summer sweet corn: Is there anything better? How about a sweet corn that was developed with organic farmers in mind – an open-pollinated, uniform, and early maturing variety that demonstrates superb taste? OSA is a proud collaborator in a participatory … Continue reading

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Save Our Bees, Save Our Seed

Pollinators are an essential partner in our work to build healthy, organic seed systems that support biodiversity and provide high-quality seed. The focus on pollinators this week is a helpful reminder that the dramatic and ongoing decline in pollinators – … Continue reading

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One Year After GE Wheat Contamination & Still No Answers

One Year After GE Wheat Contamination, Wheat Farmers and Advocates Demand Immediate Action from USDA May 29, 2014—On the one-year anniversary of the Department of Agriculture’s announcement of finding an unapproved, genetically engineered (GE) wheat in an Oregon field, farmers and … Continue reading

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Washington Post Misses the Mark on Molecular Breeding Story

A recent Washington Post article by Adrian Higgins, titled, “Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds through marker-assisted breeding” (April 16, 2014) overstates the potential of marker-assisted selection (a molecular plant breeding method) and makes the dubious … Continue reading

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