Food Politics + Justice

Published on April 21st, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


What are Open Source Seeds?

Open Source Seeds

Have you heard of open source seeds? This interesting project almost feels like a delightful throwback to the days when seed-saving and seed-sharing were the norm rather than the exception among farmers.

We write a lot about genetically modified food in this space, and this article from our sister site Sustainablog really gave me pause. Not all open source seeds are genetically modified, but GMO seeds aren’t excluded from the project either. Instead, they focus on sharing and transparency.

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at Sustainablog wrote a beautiful, thoughtful piece about open source seeds that I think is definitely worth a read. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, too!

Open Source Seeds: Some Middle Ground in the GMO Debate? (via sustainablog)

After a life-and-death experience several years ago, I made a commitment to myself: no more posts on genetic modification! It’s such a charged topic, and I just don’t need the stress… I’m going to break that commitment today, because I came…

Image Credit: Seedlings photo via Shutterstock

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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