Jack Kloppenburg coordinates the Open Source Seed Initiative along with Claire Luby and Irwin Goldman. The OSSI group includes scientists, citizens, plant breeders, farmers, seed companies, and gardeners. OSSI has its origins in both the open source software movement and in the realization among plant breeders and social scientists that continued restrictions on seed may hinder our ability to improve our crops and provide access to genetic resources.

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The Open Source Seed Initiative ( OSSI ) was established in May 2012, by a group of public plant...