MADISON, Wis. - A new movement is underway on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to ensure the sharing of seeds.
Founders of the movement distributed the first seed packs for 29 different varieties of vegetables at a launch event Thursday.
The Open Source Seed Initiative was created to "free the seed," organizers said.
It's a movement to ensure some seeds never get patented or put under restrictions so they stay freely available for everyone to grow and share.
"That's the way agriculture went for years, not be legally bound by how they use them," said Irwin Goldman, professor of horticulture at UW-Madison.
The Open Source Seed Initiative was developed at UW-Madison. The pledge to keep the seeds free for all people to grow is printed on every packet.
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