Editor’s Note: This post is the second in a two-part series about seed breeding. This series explores the history of seed breeding in the US, the impacts of consolidation and concentration of seed breeding on farmers and our food systems, and what a more democratic seed breeding system might look like. This series was created in collaboration with the Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance and Dr. Cathy Day of Cathy Day Consulting. Find the first post in this series here.
In the first installment of this series, we explored how intellectual property protections have led to major worries about the depletion of plant diversity and fair access to genetic resources throughout our agricultural systems. These concerns urge us to reimagine the seed system model and envision a more participatory, democratic, and community-centered future for agriculture.