Who owns seeds?

Traditionally farmers saved their seeds, a proportion was held back, not eaten, these were sown the next sowing season.

Slowly, slowly, the seeds were selected for what best suited the local growing conditions. We had diversity.

In some parts of the world, if there had been a crop failure, they would introduce seeds from further afield.

Since the mechanisation of agriculture, where we once saw many hundreds of varieties of seeds grown, we saw reductions to a handful of varieties.

We have seen crude attempts to outlaw many of these varieties.

Global companies want to take this a stage further. They wish to own the seeds. Farmers sign a licence agreement, they buy a package, the seeds, the chemicals, and no they cannot save the seeds for the next season.

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