How I Became a Plant Breeder

(Copyright by and reproduced with permission from Frank Morton, Wild Garden Seed.)

Lost in the Misato Rose (Watermelon Radish) forest

In 1983, my third spring as a market gardener, I was looking over a flat of lettuce grown from my first saved seed. The year before, I had allowed my peas,
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Biology Defies the Nature of Patents

What began in 1930 as a restrained attempt to reward horticultural inventors like Luther Burbank (the self-educated, self-styled, plant genius of his day), has become a kind of free-for-none piñata hunt entrancing corporations and university IP offices for a decade. Everyone with an IP portfolio is blindly swinging over their heads, hoping they will get their reward when the prizes come raining down.
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Plant Patents on Common Vegetables - What We Are Up Against

A small group of corporations control the largest portion of the world’s utility patents on plants, and there are big misunderstandings between these players and the public about exactly what these patents cover, and to what extent the bewildering flurry of claims are overreaching rather than legitimate.
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