7. To increase our available options. Contrary to industry claims, patenting has not encouraged creative plant breeding. Instead it has reduced cooperation among plant breeders and restricted availability of germplasm and plant varieties. For example, Blizzard snow pea has been off the market for over a decade because the patent holder dropped it but will not grant permission to any other company to propagate it for sale. In essence, this comes down to OUR being responsible for helping to restore safe, non-GMO seeds by not supporting GMOs through our shopping habits while also buying seeds from those that we can trust are selling safe seeds to the best of their ability.
To hear an intensive interview with CR Lawn, please visit http://blogtalkradio.com/envision-this. There CR will speak to seed issues and he will also talk about the benefits of cooperative enterprises, such as FEDCO Seeds.